New Products: Sunflare Announces New Thin-Film Solar Capability

Creating an off-grid hunting cabin, barn or outbuilding is easier than ever. Installing solar power now requires little more than special double-sided roofing tape.

Sunflare has created lightweight flexible solar panels that are printed on flexible metal backings and can be cut and fitted to any shape. These solar panels, called CIGS, are 65% lighter weight than traditional solar panels and they don’t require putting holes in the roof to install them.

Sunflare is the first company to successfully mass produce flexible, light, affordable CIGS solar panels. Sunflare has totally reengineered the manufacturing of CIGS panels with its Capture4 technology.

Efficiently mass producing CIGS thin film has been a challenge. The solar industry has been plagued by a history of failures in CIGS, most notably with Solyndra in 2011.

“Sunflare has worked for six years to perfect Capture4, a cell-by-cell manufacturing process with the highest degree of precision and the cleanest environmental footprint.  This allows us to do what no manufacturer of CIGS thin film has done before—mass produce efficient, flexible solar panels,” said Philip Gao, Sunflare’s CEO.

Compared to crystalline Silicon, Sunflare is flexible and light because it does not use a glass substrate and has thinner layers of semiconductors. It is environmentally cleaner because it requires less energy to manufacture and does not use toxic chemicals.  Compared to crystalline Silicon, Sunflare captures 10% more energy from dawn to dusk.

Sunflare is ideal for large commercial buildings, because it’s over 65% lighter than silicon modules. This allows the entire roof to be covered without weight concerns. In addition, it is easier to install because it does not require an aluminum frame nor does it require building penetration. With Sunflare, even curved surfaces can be transformed into an energy gathering and power generating plant.

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