Solar ceramic tiles for historical as well as brand-new structures

Mar 30, 2020 03:54 PM ET
  • Offered in 3 variations, the item expenses around $307-324 per square meter although rates will certainly differ relying on project intricacy. Swiss supplier Freesuns states its ceramic tiles can be utilized on historical structures and also can cover 100% of roofs.
Solar ceramic tiles for historical as well as brand-new structures
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Swiss startup Freesuns has actually established solar ceramic tiles for building-integrated PV it asserts can be made use of on historical in addition to brand-new structures.

Freesuns president John Morello stated the floor tiles can be sized to totally change traditional roofing floor tiles in fiber-reinforced concrete, with all 3 designs able to possibly cover 100% of a roofing surface area, consisting of on facility roof covering designs.

Every ceramic tile holds an electric safety and security circuit to aid stop fire-risk, the firm claimed, including the item is ultra-resistant as it is made with dual solidified glass.


Criterion service the Solaris Classic is a 525mm by 460mm ceramic tile which supposedly provides 154 W per square meter. It sets you back CHF292 (EUR276), leaving out VAT and also Morello informed pv magazine, "This worth is simply a measure worth as the rate can transform depending upon the intricacy of the project." The floor tile-- shiny black with silver lines-- is stated to be optimal for new-build or refurbished frameworks as it supplies a modern-day design design.

The Solaris Classic has actually been released on a 211m2 household roofing in Colombier, Switzerland, totaling up to 28 kW of solar generation ability as well as included 32 kW on a 240m2 domestic roof covering in the community of Pully. Freesuns claimed an additional, 160m2 property roof covering in Genolier flaunted ability of 24 kW.


The Premium Black design is a 420mm by 400mm item with a somewhat reduced outcome of 136 W per square meter at a rate of around CHF304/m2. The version is advised for contemporary style as well as for the substitute of concrete floor tile roofings.


The Heritage item is one of the most pricey, at around CHF308/m2 as well as supposedly provides power result of 128 kW/m2 from the exact same measurements as the Premium Black item, although Morello stated all 3 variations are offered in smaller sized styles to make certain full roofing system insurance coverage as a choice.

The matt grey Heritage floor tile has no noticeable lines as well as could be utilized to change slate-style roof coverings on historical structures, according to its developer.

The ceramic tiles were mounted on the 18th century Grand Chalet of Rossinière, among the earliest cabins in Switzerland.

" For such a crucial heritage residential property it was important to protect the historic context in the look of the roof covering so it stayed understanding to the website," Freesuns claimed. "It was additionally an obstacle to persuade the regional authorities charged with shielding the heritage of the Grand Chalet to enable solar on the roofing system of this structure."

The roofing system of the historical structure currently organizes 8 kW of PV ability throughout 54/m2. The Heritage ceramic tile is additionally being utilized on a 168 kW project under growth on a 1,200 m2 roofspace at one more historical structure in Switzerland.

Freesuns stated the floor tiles feature a service warranty which ensures they will certainly preserve 90% of power result after 10 years as well as greater than 80% after 20 years.