These lightweight, thin, flexible solar panels “peel and stick” to roofs

Singapore’s Maxeon Solar Technologies has announced that it will commercially release its Maxeon Air solar panels this summer. The company says the Air solar panels are frameless, thin, lightweight and compliant, with efficiency and effectiveness as well as standard solar panels.

Thin, flexible, attached solar panels

Basically, the Air is a solar panel sticker, or, as Maxeon describes it, “peel and stick,” so the panels can be installed directly on a roof surface without a grille, anchor, or ballast. Maxeon says the solar panels are created to conform to uneven roof surfaces.

No metal frame or heavy glass is used in the panel. The installed weight is about 6 kg (13 pounds) per square meter, which is less than half of conventional systems. They are also certified for fire resistance.

The cells within the panels include a solid metal foundation and a tight quiet cell bond. This protects against corrosion and enables fault-resistant circuits that allow energy flow, even with cracked cells.

The Air panels have an efficiency range of 20.9%, low power temperature coefficient, shade tolerance, wide spectrum response and hot spot resistance.

Maxeon Air panels will be used in selected projects in Europe in the second half of 2021. General product availability begins in the first quarter of 2022.

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That must be some seriously strong glue, and Maxeon does not specify the types of roofs on which the Air panels can be fixed. How do the Air panels work if tiles are not flat? And if some panels need to be replaced, how do they peel them off?

Regardless of the questions we still have, this seems like a game-changing product in the solar sector, and Maxeon is not a start-up – it has been around for 35 years. It operates in more than 100 countries through a network of more than 1,200 partners and distributors. If the Aerial panel is as great as it looks, it can basically be easily applied to roofs that previously could not withstand the load of conventional solar panels or have an awkward shape.

Maxeon also has yet to state what the Air panels will cost, but it says the product will be unveiled to the public during “The Smarter E-Industry Days,” July 21-23. You can register for more information at their website.

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