The consortium, led by Solliance Solar Research, develops a plastic roof laminate with integrated electrical and thermal conversion of solar energy. STAL not only focuses on the development of this new application, but will explicitly focus on the development and scaling up of production technology to be able to produce in large volumes.
“Now it is known that asbestos roofs have to be replaced before 2024, there is a huge opportunity to equip all the roof surface with solar modules”, says Huib van den Heuvel of Solarge BV, one of the participants in the project and already working on the development of lightweight plastic solar panels. “There is 80 million square meters of roof that needs to be replaced, even supplying half of it with PV would be fantastic.”
By integrating thin-film solar and thermal conversion into a building element, the production costs are also reduced. And by installing the roof and PV (T) system not separately, but as one integrated system, the building process is more efficient.