GREENBUILD 2011: Solar PV Canopy System Expanded for Architectural Market
Designers no longer need to sacrifice aesthetics to achieve the benefits of building-integrated photovoltaics in canopies and walkways. New solar PV canopy systems from Duo-GardIndustries Inc. are custom-designed and engineered to integrate as part of a building’s architecture.
The canopies are engineered with a sealed skin and continuous components, eliminating any gaps between panels. This achieves a weather-tight structure for all climatic regions. All wiring is built into framing channels for a clean, contemporary appearance.
Available currently in standard sloped and ridge styles, the canopies are configured for the size and scope required for each project. The turnkey approach includes in-house design, engineering, fabrication, and installation services, as well as technical support to specify, plus field support on photovoltaics. A new in-house steel fabrication facility, opened earlier this year, enhance the ability to customize each project.
Aesthetically, the PV panels can be charcoal gray or blue. Designers can also specify integrated translucent multiwall polycarbonate panels to add diffused daylight. The architectural canopy addition follows Duo-Gard’s introduction earlier this year of solar PV charging stations. BD+C