Traditional players in the Solar PV industry have focused on larger solar installations to achieve manufacturing scale. On the other hand, building material suppliers have traditionally focused on complex metal structures to integrate traditional glass PV panels on roofs.
None of these larger players have anticipated the recent switch of the global solar PV market towards the residential and small commercial segments through the implementation of esthetic, fully roof- integrated photovoltaics.
Back in 2008, our team had a vision of the solar market where solar PV would be merged into the landscape and into buildings. Larger solar projects would be limited to nearly deserted geographical areas, while urban living and the aspiration for decentralized and renewable energy would feed a market for residential micro-generation.
Superdome aims at speeding up the mass adoption of Building Integrated
Photovoltaics (BIPV) – in both residential and commercial buildings
Thanks to the unique technical features of the Superdome system, any residential or commercial building, anywhere in the world, will soon be energy positive for a cost comparable to a high end traditional roof.
After four years of development, Superdome has several technological phases of advance as it offers a “True BIPV”, namely a seamlessly integrated photovoltaic unit. Superdome is also significantly more affordable than existing or announced products, thanks to a standard design, which allows for massive manufacturing scale.
- 3 years of technical design and aesthetic improvements
- Product under constant improvement
- Outdoor real testing on mock roof
- A « full roof turnkey» solution for solar roofing with high aesthetic value
Among the 22 features covered by our patent, the single vertical Plug & Play for the mechanical and electrical interconnection of our tiles is key to our product.
We were first to patent this design in June 2009. Thus, Dow Chemical had to opt for horizontal plugs in their product (Dow patent filed in November 2009), which is much less efficient for installation.
Bottom line : a roofer can do the job faster, at a lower cost, without an electrician.
Our design offers a clean, “all inclusive” product easy to understand and to install: no cables, no junction boxes. Just plugs. The solar function has been merged in a one-block, elegant product that can take all shapes, textures and colors.
Our BIPV will set a new standard in Value for consumers.
Exclusive Plug & Play Connectors
The electrical and mechanical interconnection of the Superdome tiles is made through high grade, vertical male/female connectors.
Innovative Memory Adhesives
The CIGS thin film is applied using a memory adhesive, which absorbs differential dilatation between the film and the tile itself.
Innovative Eco-friendly injected insulation layer
Superdome is only 3,3 inches/7 cm thick. The PU foam layer is boosted by a vacuum-injected layer of Supra-insulant at the core of the sandwich structure.
Superdome is one of the first true BIPV to apply CIGS (Gallium Indium) encapsulated thin film on its surface. CIGS is the most advanced solar PV technology. Efficency is currently rated at over 13%.
Advanced Intelligence Inside
Each Superdome tile includes an MPPT/ supervision device, which allows for string energy optimization, remote monitoring and maintenance. Micro inverters can also be inserted seamlessly.
Innovative Green Polymer tile
Superdome’s carrier is a composite body made a high percentage of organic components. High quality automotive processes are used to manufacture the parts. Exposed parts are coated with a UV resistant layer providing lifetime surface color stability.