US Dow Chemical unveils line of solar shingles

05 October 2009 18:56  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW YORK (ICIS news)--US major Dow Chemical has unveiled a line of solar roofing shingles that would revolutionise the industry, the company said on Monday.

The company introduced its line of DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle - photovoltaic panels that can be installed on rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials. The unveiling took place in Dow’s home town of Midland, Michigan.

“This is just one example of how Dow’s $1.5bn [€1bn] annual R&D investment is allowing us to deliver practical solutions for some of the world’s most critical challenges,” said chairman and chief executive Andrew Liveris.

In 2007, Dow received $20m in funding from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to develop building-integrated solar arrays for the residential and commercial markets, noted the company.

The solar shingle systems will be available in limited quantities by mid-2010 and were expected to be more widely available in 2011, “putting the power of solar generation directly and conveniently in the hands of homeowners,” according to a statement from Dow.

Technology from unit Dow Solar Solutions integrates low-cost, thin-film copper indium gallium deselenide (CIGS) photovoltaic cells into roofing shingles. They can then be installed simultaneously with conventional shingles with no extra specialised skills required, thus reducing installation costs, said Dow.

“This is about providing roof protection and electricity generation from one product, with lower costs, improved aesthetics, easier installation and long-lasting performance,” said Jane Palmieri, managing director of Dow Solar Solutions.

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