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PV-tiles development and first applications

Preliminary to any other activity within the PV-STARLET programme, a first PV-tile was developed and then adapted to more and more conventional tile patterns. This development included many phases: research of a custom-sized PV laminate, design of the support, testing phases and minor adaptations, and follow-up on test sites.

The aluminium support actually constitutes the key point of the product, since it is developed in order to fit into identified patterns of fired clay tiles and ensure the water-tightness of the entire roof. Several patterns were developed so that the PV-tile can be integrated into various types of roof covers, from flat tiles to strongly curved tiles and of different formats.

At a total, 14 conventional clay tiles patterns are perfectly compatible in Europe. Appropriate BOS, including inverters, were selected in order to sell PV-STARLET systems as complete kits ready to be installed by adequate professionals. First sites were equipped in France, in the UK and in Italy from 2003 to the end of 2005: at a total 202 sites for 503,2 kWp. These sites mainly concern private individual houses, but also schools, SME, medical practice, etc., and new buildings as well as retrofitting. They are useful tools for dissemination and for monitoring.

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