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BASF and SoloPower Launch novel CIGS Roofing


Multi-layered roofing system combines power generation, waterproofing and water harvesting

Chemical firm BASF and SoloPower Systems, a US photovoltaic technology company, have launched a CIGS-based multi-layered roofing system that combines power generation, waterproofing and water harvesting.

Designed for the South African climate, the roofing system is said to be up to 60 percent lighter than conventional roofs due to its unique light weight construction materials throughout its design.

At the launch event, chairman of SoloPower Systems, Neil Auerbach, said that this product represents the future of the solar roofing industry. "The ability of this roof to combine, in a single product, best-in-class thermal insulation, water harvesting and solar power generation, puts it ahead of the pack in generating both environmental benefits and rapid payback for customers. I expect this product to change the way roofing and solar is thought about in the commercial and industrial sector," he said.

According to managing director of BASF Construction Chemicals South Africa, Angus Peruzzo, South Africa has the best solar conditions in the world. "Incorporating existing technology from Germany and the United States, we have customised the system to enable optimum usage for climatic zones in South Africa. Our collaboration with SoloPower and the launch of this multi-layered system will enable energy and other resources to be harnessed more efficiently for the long-term."

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