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Day Three: Solar Power International 2008 Exhibits

Solar Power International 2008 has been a blast, what an exciting conference it has been! Today, is the last day the exhibit hall will be open and the crowd is dwindling down and the exhibitors are ready to pack up and go home. Before they close out here and kick us out of the exhibit hall lets take a look at some very exciting products in the rapidly growing solar power industry.Sanyo HIT Double A two faced solar panel, collects energy from the front to the back of the panel! The back face of a HIT Double panel generates electricity from ambient light reflected off surrounding surfaces, and combines with power from the front face of the panel. Depending upon system design and site albedo, this results in up to 30% higher power generation (more kWh) per square foot. These panels are great when mounted on parking and patio covers. Konarka Thin Film Solar Ultra Flexible, lightweight thin film solar cells made out of organic plastics versus silicon. This thin film solution can be integrated into products such as solar backpacks, flexible cell phone battery chargers, the possibilities are endless of where this thin film product can be implemented. As you can see from the picture, indoors in low light level conditions, the flexible thin film roll is producing 4.23 volts. Sharp Solar OnEnergy solar power system includes Sharp Solar Panels, plus a low profile racking system that can be installed on asphalt-shingle, flat-concrete tile and even curved high-profile “Spanish” tile roofs without compromising the integrity of the roof. OnEnergy system is UL listed as a complete system and can be easily retrofitted on existing roofs or installed during new home construction. Sharp also displayed a “thin film” solar panel which are less efficient than traditional silicon based panels but on the flip side cost less per watt. Typically thin film solar panels make most sense when you have a lot of surface area to play with. BP Solar Mounting Systems The Integra Flush and Alternative Mounting systems resembles Sharp’s OnEnergy system. These systems are supposed to look attractive on the roof and are designed to be very streamlined to save the installer time, money and avoid critical mistakes during the process of mounting solar panels to residential roofs. Schott Solar Poly Schott Solar showed off their Poly 225 series which will be manufactured right here in the good ole USA, specifically in New Mexico. The company did not have a spec sheet or to much information on the solar panel since its not out on the market yet, although its been great to see more panels that are...

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Sharp OnEnergy Solar Power Systems

The Sharp OnEnergy Solar Power system makes installing solar panels on a home easy to order and install. Sharp Solar has also incorporated great looking aesthetics, because of the strong customer feedback within the solar panel industry to make solar panels look better for residential roof tops. The Sharp OnEnergy complete solar power systems come with everything you need right down to the last screw. The solar power kit from Sharp has a UL Listed grounding which lowers your installation time dramatically. The Sharp OnEnergy system can also be used for light commercial applications and focuses on the ease of installation by using a shared rail system that requires 30% less rails than traditional solar power systems. The racking system included in the OnEnergy system is compatible with all types of roofs and no parts of the mounting structure are are visible on the roof. The great aspect of these system is the detailed installation manual that Sharp put together to make the installation process easy to understand and deploy for installers and do-it-yourselfers alike. The installation manual that is included with the sharp OnEnergy systems is one of the best documents I have seen that has been included with a complete Grid Tie Solar Power System. As solar power becomes more mainstream we are seeing standardized and easier to deploy systems that is really pushing solar on every roof across the USA in our...

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