Friday, 29 May 2015

Konarka and Dri Design unveil solar metal wall panel system

Organic photovoltaic panels have been integrated into metal rainscreen panels for building facade applications, this is the first commercial application of its kind

28 May 2012 | editor

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.”

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About Dri-Design

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. Dri-Design panels are 100% recyclable and can be made from a variety of materials including zinc, copper, stainless steel and painted and anodized aluminum. Panels are available in any Kynar color and are sized and detailed to meet the specific requirements of each project. This cost effective system is Dade County and AAMA 508-07 approved.


About Konarka Technologies, Inc.

Konarka Technologies develops and manufactures solar plastic films that convert light to electricity – anywhere. As the leading developer of polymer-based, organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology that provides a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors, Konarka has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses and an accomplished technical, scientific and manufacturing team. Manufactured at low cost and low energy consumption, the company's Konarka Power Plastic® technology is lightweight, flexible, scalable and adaptable for use in a variety of commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications. Konarka Technologies is headquartered in Lowell, Mass., U.S.A. and has a full scale production manufacturing facility in New Bedford, Mass. U.S.A., with European headquarters in Nürnberg, Germany and a business development office in Japan.


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