Building-Integrated Solar Energy Systems

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This exciting new technology merges solar energy capture systems with common roofing materials. The technology forms the foundation for one of WaikatoLink's seed companies, Solenza. Solenza are currently developing three separate solar roofing panel designs to carry out the following functions:
  • Solar hot water generation
  • Combined solar hot water and electricity generation
As green energy solutions become more popular, it will be important for solar panels to complement the design of a building. Solenza's building-integrated solar panels are designed to join seamlessly with metal roofing, producing an aesthetically pleasing finish to any roof.

Key Benefits

  • A building-integrated alternative to unsightly "bolt-on" solar panels
  • Simultaneous electricity and water heating outputs
  • Increased electrical performance due to cooling of PV cells

Target Applications

Industrial, commercial, and residential solar energy installations


EconomyPatent NumberStatus
New Zealand546718Granted
United States12,297,471Pending
South Africa2008/09835Granted

Target Cooperation Model

  • Non-exclusive Licensing
  • Exclusive Licensing
  • Patent Transaction


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