CSEM introduces white solar modules in industry

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CSEM has announced world’s first white solar modules, a revolutionary technology that aims building industry applications.

CSEM, the Swiss Center for Electronics and Micro technology has showcased this new PV technology during CSEM Groundbreaking PV Technology Media Conference held today at Kuala Lumpur.

SERIS, the Solar Research Institute of Singapore will collaborate for the testing of this technology adapted to the local climate and building environment.

Using these modules solar elements can be blended into a building’s texture, providing hidden energy sources.

In addition, this technology can also be integrated into various applications in the consumer goods sector.

There are no photovoltaic modules specifically designed for integrating into buildings available in the market right now.

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Most PV modules appear blue-black due to exposure to sunlight. In further presence of cells and connections it looks unpleasing, making reluctance to integrate PV solar into buildings.

Architects always wanted to customize the color of solar elements to make them blend into a building’s skin. White is a commonly accepted color for its elegance, versatility, and fresh look.

However, in technical terms many believed that it was an impossible task as white reflected most of the light.

CSEM combines a solar cell technology able to convert infrared solar light into electricity and a selective scattering filter, which scatters the whole visible spectrum while transmitting infrared light.

Any solar technology based on crystalline silicon can now be used to manufacture white as well as colored modules.

The technology can either be adapted for any existing module or integrated into a new module during assembly, on flat or curved surfaces.

By founding a live stream between Switzerland and Singapore, the CSEM plans to highlight the links between Singapore and Switzerland in the domain of PV research and development.

Sabeena Wahid
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