SANYO Canada Inc., together with AVACOS Solar Energy, a Canadian solar photovoltaic installation and project integration company, unveiled the first Canadian photovoltaic system combining SANYO’s HIT® (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer) Double bifacial solar PV modules and DuROCK Tio-Coat reflective roof membrane at DuROCK Alfacing International Ltd.’s headquarters in Woodbridge.
In managing the project, AVACOS matched the complimenting technologies, which are said to result in additional cost-saving and environmental benefits.
SANYO HIT® Double PV modules generate power from both sides, resulting in what is said to be up to 30% higher energy output than standard single-sided PV modules, making them well suited for carports, canopies and porch coverings.
DuROCK states that its Tio-Coat is a high-strength white elastomeric urethane roof coating that provides 89% solar radiation reflectivity and weather resistance, reducing the energy usage required for the building compared to traditional roof coverings.
"DuROCK is proud to work with such industry leaders as SANYO and AVACOS on a project combining our technologies and expertise for the benefit of the environment," said Gary Campacci, President of DuROCK. "The installation of SANYO modules on our existing white reflective roof will ensure a maximum level of performance and cost effectiveness."
In the 10kW grid-tied array, the SANYO bifacial PV modules will provide renewable energy revenue for DuROCK, while the Tio-Coat membrane will reduce the cooling costs of the building. The combination of these technologies results in increased PV module output from the cooling effect and the increased exposure to solar radiation at the back of the modules due to the high reflectivity of Tio-Coat roof membrane.
"The merging of these two technologies is a great example of the potential that exists within this (solar) industry," said Sandro Costa, President of AVACOS Solar. "Maximizing the power generation possible from the sun is not only a win-win situation for the client, but for the environment and society as a whole."