Strauss Energy BIPV Tiles
Strauss Energy’s Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) is a plastic roofing tile with an embedded solar panel that can power a home, and potentially sell power back to the grid.
Strauss Energy‘s Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) is a plastic roofing tile with an embedded solar panel. The system provides electricity for the home and offers the potential of being able to sell power back to the grid. Strauss Energy provides services that include consultation, home installation, and connection to the local power grid (if applicable).
Systems are currently designed, delivered, and installed by Strauss Energy. They are working on developing channels of distribution. It is unknown as to whether there are financing options available.
Price depends on the size of tile (8W, 24W, 35W, 50W, 150W, and tile blanks) and range from 700 – 15,000 Kenyan Shillings (equivalent to $7 – $145 USD)
Solar home systems, standard solar panel systems, and other building integrated photovoltaic roofing products.
Goal 1 and 11: Aims to provide renewable energy source to rural houses and institutions that don’t have consistent access to electricity.
Target users include residential, institutional, and commercial property owners looking to gain consistent access to electricity or reduce their electricity costs from what they pay for from the grid.
Users can obtain the product and services from Strauss Energy; the manufacturer can be contacted through their website.
Strauss Energy manufactures, distributes, and installs the BIPV system. They operate out of Nairobi but are working on developing distributor channels.
The tile element is made from a mix of ceramic and plastic and the solar cells are imbedded on tempered glass. The units come in 8W, 24W, 35W, 50W, 150W sizes and there are also blanks available to match the tile for the rest of the roof. The manufacturer estimates that approximately 1/3 of roof coverage is enough to power a whole house.
Tiles are fixed to batons that are spaced horizontally at 500 mm intervals. The tiles can either be added onto a new structure or else placed on an existing roof if it is a sufficiently straight and even surface.
Strauss Energy is in the process of developing a smart tile system where each tile is monitored individually from a dashboard to evaluate performance.
Strauss energy has a solar certified technician in-house
If a unit (tile) breaks a new unit can be ordered from the manufacturer to replace it.
50 year warranty on roofing element and 25 years on electrical components (typical for the solar industry).
The manufacturer specifies that the pay back period is approximately 5 years.
The manufacturer claims that the product has undergone structural and material durability tests, though no reports have been published.
The manufacturer claims that their product is tested and approved by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
Workers may be exposed to regular dangers of a construction site that include working at heights and with sharp tools.
The tiles must be installed with the appropriately spaced and sized batons that are structurally supported.
An average of the maximum compressive strength a typical structure could withstand with this building material. Units: σ (N/mm2)
An average of the maximum loads/forces perpendicular to the compressive forces that a typical structure could withstand with this building material. Units: σ (N/mm2)
A seismic design category expresses an area’s likelihood of experiencing damaging effects of an earthquake (A(low), B, C, D0, D1, D2, E(high)). This parameter denotes the highest acceptable SDC for the material.
Climatic zones appropriate for construction based on a material’s availability/feasibility in each climatic zone.
R value associated with material/product
The product is evaluated for electricity produced and potential money savings.
Strauss Energy won Best Growing Business Award from the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship 2017.
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