Konarka Technologies Inc. and Dri-Design manufacturer of the patented Dri-Design Wall Panel System recently announced that Konarka’s Power Plastic solar panels have been integrated into Dri-Design’s metal rainscreen panels for building façade applications. This is the first commercial application of its kind. The integrated solar panels offer superior building performance, a recurring revenue stream for building owners, tax credits and renewable energy credits where applicable, along with aesthetically pleasing designs for architects.
Thin, light weight, transparent and flexible, Konarka’s Power Plastic solar films are ideally suited for integration into various building materials, including glass, plastics, steel, composites and fabrics, offering creative architects and product designers superior, widespread latitude with several color and transparency options across a wide range of sizes enabled by Konarka’s roll-to-roll continuous manufacturing process. The patented Dri-Design Wall Panel System is an affordable dry joint, pressure-equalized rainscreen system used throughout the country to clad commercial buildings of all sizes.
Brad Zeeff, president at Dri-Design, said, “Incorporating Konarka’s building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology with our highly-regarded rainscreen system adds innovation and value that is simply unsurpassed in the marketplace.” Brad added, “This is yet another example of Dri-Design’s commitment to leading the industry in the development of affordable, innovative products.”
Ken McCauley, senior vice president, sales, marketing and business development at Konarka, said, “The first of its kind in the design and construction industry, this integrated solution is a great opportunity to support building owners driving to achieve net-zero goals for building energy performance without sacrificing exceptional visual design.” Ken added, “Easy to install, Konarka’s Power Plastic integrates seamlessly into various designs and materials for numerous applications, and this integration with Dri-Design’s metal rainscreen system is yet another example.”