Konarka Runs ‘Solar Curtain Wall’ Pilot

By Ucilia Wang on November 10, 2009

Konarka Technologies and Arch Aluminum & Glass plan to erect two walls of solar panels in a pilot project to gather data for architects and other customers interested in integrating solar cells into building materials.

Glass panels encased with Konarka's organic solar cells will go up against the south- and east-facing walls of an existing Arch office building in Tamarac, Fla., by the end of the year, Konarka said Tuesday. Each solar panel will have a peak power output of 48 watts, and the entire setup with will have 1.5 kilowatts of generation capacity.

For the pilot project, the solar panels are set alongside the building. But for the commercial products that Konarka and Arch want to develop, the solar panels would become the "curtain walls," or building façade, said Terri Jordan, vice president of business development at Lowell, Mass.-based Konarka.

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