Pushing the envelope for solar worldwide, Sanyo Canada Inc, together with Avacos Solar Energy have unveiled the what is believed to be the first photovoltaic system in the country that makes use of double bifacial solar PV modules. The system has been installed at DuRock Alfacing International Ltd.’s headquarters in Woodbridge, Ontario.
The project, which combines SANYO’s double bifacial solar PV modules with DuRock’s Tio-Coat reflective roof membrane, is designed to generate power from both sides, resulting in up to 30% higher energy output than standard single-sided PV modules. The DuRock membrane is a strong white elastomeric urethane roof coating that provides 89% solar radiation reflectivity and weather resistance, according to a release, making this an ideal set-up for carports, canopies and porch coverings. The 10kW grid-tied array will provide renewable energy and revenue for DuRock’s headquarters, with the Tio-Coat membrane reducing the cooling costs of the building, according to Sanyo–a combination designed to result in increased PV output (from the cooling effect) and the increased exposure to solar radiation at the back of the modules.
“The merging of these two technologies is a great example of the potential that exists within this (solar) industry,” said Sandro Costa, President of Avacos Solar, in a statement. “Maximizing the power generation possible from the sun is not only a win-win situation for the client, but for the environment and society as a whole.” The three partners hope to see similar future projects combining these complementary technologies in the future.