Konarka Technologies recently announced a partnership with Dri-Design to make a façade for commercial buildings that also generates power from the sun. Konarka is a maker of lightweight, flexible organic solar film that converts light to electricity, and Dri-Design makes metal rain screen panels for building façades. Put them together and you get what the companies claim can deliver a recurring revenue stream for building owners, tax credits and renewable energy credits where applicable, along with aesthetically pleasing designs for architects. Oh, and did I mention you also get the chance to take buildings to the net-zero energy plateau?
“Incorporating Konarka’s building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology with our highly-regarded rainscreen system adds innovation and value that is simply unsurpassed in the marketplace,” commented Brad Zeeff, president at Dri-Design. “This is yet another example of Dri-Design’s commitment to leading the industry in the development of affordable, innovative products.”
Thin, light weight, transparent and flexible, Konarka’s Power Plastic solar films integrate well with building materials such as glass, plastics, steel, composites and fabrics. They also offer creative architects and product designers widespread latitude with several color and transparency options across a wide range of sizes. The patented Dri-Design Wall Panel System is a dry joint, pressure-equalized rainscreen system used throughout the country to clad commercial buildings of all sizes.