Deploy solar power on curved metal roofs – pv magazine international
Midsummer and Medacciai are developing a BIPV solution for curved metal roofs in southern European markets, under a five-year agreement.
Midsummer Italia, the Italian unit of Swedish thin-film module manufacturer Midsummer, has entered into a five-year cooperation agreement with Italian insulation panel supplier Medacciai to develop a new building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product for sale in the markets of southern Europe.
The new product, called Panel Energy, will combine Midsummer’s Indium Gallium Diselenide Copper (CIGS) solar panels with Medacciai’s curved metal roof technology and will consist of a curved metal panel with a thickness of 0.4 to 0.8 mm which can be used, according to the manufacturer, on roofs whose slope or other technical-climatic conditions do not allow the use of a traditional panel.
The curved panel consists of a galvanized flat outer sheet, pre-coupled with a synthetic membrane in thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) or PVC, from a corrugated, galvanized, pre-painted sheet.
Under the terms of the deal, Medacciai agreed to buy 3.5 MW of panels, for 6.3 million euros per year, from Midsummer, and the Swedish manufacturer agreed to purchase up to 50,000 square meters. of metal roofs to the Italian company, for â¬ 3 million per year. “The roofs will be sold with Midsummer’s solar panels in the Italian market,” the two companies said in a joint statement. “The quantities are not binding on any party and prices may also change, under certain conditions.”
“The Italian real estate restructuring sector is currently booming, mainly due to the 110% tax cut for solar panels which has been extended until the end of 2023”, said the CEO of Midsummer Italia , Jarno Montella. âMedacciai is riding this wave of restructuring growth with its products and also plans to expand its production. “
Midsummer began construction of a 50 MW BIPV module plant in Italy in early November. The facility, located in the southern region of Puglia, is being built with the support of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) and the Italian investment institution Invitalia, which is part of the Italian Ministry of Finance, which provided 38 million euros low interest loan for the project. Production is expected to start next summer.
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