Solar, Utility Integration

United Solar Systems Ships Solar Roof Laminates to Australia

United Solar Systems Corp. has shipped 148 kilowatts of its building-integrated photovoltaic product to Australia to be bonded to metal roofing pans.

TROY, Michigan, US, 2001-09-21 [SolarAccess.com] The shipment consists of Bekaert ECD’s UNI-SOLAR roofing laminate that will provide electrical power for the Kogarah Town Square Project in Australia. Officials claim it will demonstrate the best environmental design for urban development. USS is a joint venture between Energy Conversion Devices Inc. and N.V. Bekaert S.A. of Belgium. “This project will showcase the uniqueness and versatility of our building-integrated photovoltaic products in Australia, and will increase the awareness of commercial and residential developers about the benefits of UNI-SOLAR products that are aesthetically pleasing and easy to install,” says Stanford Ovshinsky, chairman of both USS and ECD. USS develops thin-film amorphous PV. With ECD, it has developed and holds patents covering the continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing of thin-film aSi alloy multi-junction solar cells and related products. The solar electric roofing panels are flexible, lightweight and architecturally attractive. Bekaert ECD is a joint venture between USS and Bekaert, a manufacturer of steel products and advanced materials. The Bekaert Group is based in Belgium, with 87 production locations employing 17,000 people and total sales of EUR 2.7 billion. Officials say they are excited about working on this project with Energy Australia, a utility company in Australia, and say the selection of UNI-SOLAR roofing products is a confirmation of the advantages that these products offer.