Konarka Technologies Inc., the developer of Konarka Power Plastic, says it has entered an agreement to work with the Color/Construction Unit of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, a supplier of steel construction elements in Germany.
The companies will develop steel roof and other construction elements for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). The joint solar product will be based on Konarka's Power Plastic, which replaces conventional building materials in roofs, skylights and facades.
‘Unlike conventional silicon-based photovoltaic systems, the joint solar solution will not need to be mounted on a raised structure, but will integrate smoothly into the building envelope,’ notes Dr. Lars Pfeiffer, head of quality and development at the Color/Construction unit.
During ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe's production process, steel strips are coil-coated with films, paint or plastic coatings. These continuous coating lines will be used to apply Konarka's organic BIPV surface. Available in various colors, color combinations and sizes, the construction elements with Konarka's Power Plastic will give planners and architects a great deal of design latitude, the companies add.