Applications and Solutions

Uses for MiaSolé FLEX Modules and Solar Cells
Commercial Roof

Commercial Rooftop

High Performance Thin Film Solar in a Lightweight and Flexible Form Factor

The FLEX Series product is the ideal solar solution for metal and low-slope commercial roofs. These panels are lightweight and can be directly bonded to both metal and membrane system roofs — eliminating the need for solar racking, reducing weight load and significantly lowering project costs. For metal roofs, the FLEX series PV modules can be installed over a wide range of standard architectural metal roof panels, including flat and striated panel pans ranging from 16 to 36 inches wide. As an example, the FLEX Series modules can be directly applied to square rib corrugated panels to create solar parking canopies.

For today’s advanced membrane roof systems, the FLEX modules bond directly onto the membrane, eliminating the need for solar racking, concrete ballasts, and roof penetrations. Integration of the low profile, thin film modules onto the membrane roof surface protects against seismic movement and high winds. The MiaSolé FLEX modules simplify project logistics and reduce labor costs and installation times. The final installed solar solution is lightweight, making it ideal for low weight bearing building structures.

Features and Benefits:

  • Factory Applied Self-Adhesive – Simple Peel-and-Stick Application
  • Efficiency Rating +16%
  • Lightweight
  • High Wind Zone Performance
  • Low Labor and Balance of System (BOS) Costs
  • Optional: Factory Laminated on Metal Panel for Rapid Installation
  • Optional: Field Applied Modules — On-site Roll Forming — Retrofit
  • Direct Bonding on Membrane Roofs from Some Roof Manufacturers
  • Optional: Secondary Membrane Panel Option for Older Membrane Roofs

Reference: CBRE, Utrech, Netherlands

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Roof Type Metal
Location Utrecht, Netherlands
Installation Size 50 kWp
Customer CBRE
Installation November 2015

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Reference: Port of Melbourne

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Roof Type Corrugated Metal
Location Melbourne, Australia
Installation Size 6 kWp
Customer Leeson Group / Port of Melbourne
Installation June 2015
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Reference: BIPVCo., Swansea University Active Classroom

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Roof Type Metal
Location Wales, UK
Installation Size 17.5 kWp
Customer BIPVCo.
Installation September 2016

Reference: Large Retailer / Quincy, MA

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Roof Type TPO
Location Quincy, MA
Installation Size 15 kWp
Customer Large Retailer
Installation November 2014

Reference: Kansas State University / Manhattan, KS

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Roof Type TPO
Location Manhattan, KS
Installation Size 1 kWp
Customer Kansas State University
Installation June 2014

Reference: Virte Solar, Turku, Finland

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Roof Type Metal
Location Turku, Finland
Installation Size 27.4 kWp
Customer Virte Solar
Installation June 2016

Reference: BIPVCo., Wales, UK

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Roof Type Metal
Location Wales, UK
Installation Size 1.5 kWp
Customer BIPVCo.
Installation November 2015
Residential Roof

Residential Rooftop

High Performance Thin Film Solar for Residential Rooftops

The MiaSolé Flex Series solar modules are designed for building integrated solar applications over a wide range of residential standing seam metal roof panels. MiaSolé’s FLEX N series panels can be applied onsite and are available factory laminated onto  metal roof panels by Miasole’s metal roof manufacturer partners to reduce onsite labor cost. Unlike conventional glass modules and rack systems that cover the metal roof, the FLEX N series modules bond directly onto the metal roof panel and blend in with architectural standing seam panels preserving the visual look and design of the architectural metal roof panels.

Without heavy and expensive solar racking, roof penetrations are eliminated and the reduction in weight load significantly lowers project costs and stress on the roof and home. In addition, since the roof and the solar system are now one BIPV (Building-integrated Photovoltaic) product, project logistics are greatly simplified, and installation labor costs and time are reduced.

Integration of the low profile, BIPV roof modules onto a residential roof surface protects against seismic movement and high winds. The final installed solar solution is lightweight, maintains normal roof warranty, and is ideal for low weight bearing building structures.

Features and Benefits:

  • Factory Applied Self-Adhesive – Simple Peel & Stick Application
  • Efficiency Rating +15.5% Lightweight – 0.7 lb/ft2
  • High Wind Zone Performance
  • Low Labor and Balance of System (BOS) Costs

Solution Brochures

Reference: NSW/ Australia

Roof Type Metal
Location NSW, Australia
Installation Size 2 kWp
Customer BlueScope Steel
Install Date April 2013
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Reference: Bethpage/ NY

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Roof Type ATAS Dutch Seam Metal
Location Bethpage, NY
Installation Size 2 kWp
Customer Millenium Limited Contracting
Install Date November 2015

Reference: Residence in Liberia, Costa Rica

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Roof Type TPO
Location Liberia, Costa Rica
Installation Size 24 kWp
Customer Private Residence
Install Date July 2015

Reference: General Membrane
Trevignano

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Roof Type Phoenix Solar Tech bituminous waterproofing membrane
Location Trevignano, Italy
Installation Size 5.92 kWp
Customer Private Residence
Install Date December, 2016
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Transportation

Transportation

The lightweight, flexible  MiaSolé FLEX panel fit smoothly vehicle surfaces, while the no-penetration peel-and-stick attachment results in no penetrations into the vehicle surface. The low-profile panels reduce the instance of damage due to vandalism and accidents, while providing superior performance in the high-wind environments trucks, trains, and other vehicles experience. Finally, the powerful design generates the greatest amount of power possible in a flexible thin-film solar panel  at >16.5% efficiency.

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Reference: Konkan Railway

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Location India
Installation Size 5 kW
Customer RelyOn Solar
Installation June 2016

Reference: Taian Changan Dining Equipment Co

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Location Taian, China
Installation Size 1.5kW/Truck
Customer Taian Changan Dining Equipment
Installation April 2015

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Marine

Marine

The low-profile MiaSolé FLEX modules offer superior performance in high-wind environments, making them an ideal solution to provide solar power on boats. The low-profile unobtrusive design also maintains the aesthetic appeal of the boat. The panels are so lightweight that they do not require retrofitting the boat structure for support, and they can be easily mounted and removed. The high efficiency rating of 16% enables the highest energy production possible in a flexible panel, crucial on a boat with little free space.

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Customer Challenge

  • Need solar panel to recharge house-systems battery to power onboard appliances
  • Silicon panels in frame were too heavy (100 lbs):
    • Difficult to raise
    • Impossible to remove in a storm – safety issue

MiaSolé Solution

  • Lightweight panels fit into existing mount and weigh less than 20 lbs
  • Panels are attached with industrial Velcro and remove easily in a storm
  • Powerful enough to charge battery from 25% to 95% in less than five hours

Reference: iMSS

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Location Multiple
Installation Size 500 W
Customer iMSS
Installation February 2015
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Carports

Carports

The installation of solar (photovoltaic or PV) carports on both private- and public-owned parking lots provides a new and cost-effective opportunity for generating clean, renewable energy without consuming additional land resources. Solar PV carports can provide far more power generation area compared to the more limited rooftop surface commonly used for many solar installations.

Parking lots, in general, have more solar potential and less shading issues than rooftop solar and can be easier to install than rooftop solar installations and be less disruptive to the facility. Two additional advantages to mounting solar on carports versus roof-mounted solar arrays include no roof penetrations, which increase exposure to potential water leaks, and the ability to avoid additional roof inspection or engineering and repair costs regarding the age, service life and integrity of the building’s roof.

Solar PV parking canopies offer the parking lot owner and the environment considerable value:

  • Highly desirable shade for parked cars.
  • Rain and snow protection
  • Protection from hail damage
  • Reduced UV exposure
  • Reduced parking lot temperatures and heat island effect
  • Low-cost renewable power generation
  • Low power distribution and energy transmission cost for the utilities.
  • Improved municipal energy independences

Lightweight Flexible Solar vs. Glass

Traditionally most solar carports use conventional heavy glass crystalline solar modules installed on rails over large heavy gauge structural steel building components requiring large support columns with deep concrete piers or large ballast blocks. Even carports designed and built using architectural metal panels require additional heavy gauge structural steel, railing and roof clamps, all adding weight and cost to the solar carport.

MiaSolé FLEX-02 thin film modules offer the same high efficiency power output as standard crystalline modules while weighing less than 0.7 lb/sf vs the 3-5 lbs. /sf for crystalline modules. The lighter weight of the FLEX-02 modules means less structural steel is required in the carport design, which means less cost and faster construction time. Solar carports constructed with the FLEX-02 can use light-gauge roll-formed steel, which allows the support columns to be placed further apart, creating a more open design.

Good wind- and seismic-performance engineering is important to carport design.  With traditional glass modules, there is concern about the stresses of wind and seismic movement. In addition, purlins can sag when support columns are placed far apart, impacting glass module and rail attachment. Architectural metal panels with FLEX-02 modules provide stiffer support surfaces, can span wider distances, and are engineered for good wind and seismic performance while using lighter structural support.

Installing Solar Modules onto Existing Carports

Many facility owners have existing carports without solar. Owners often want to retrofit these existing carports, only to realize that the original design and construction will not support the additional weight of convention crystalline modules. Until now, the only option was to tear down the existing carport structure and to design and rebuild the carport to support conventional solar.

MiaSolé FLEX-02 flexible and lightweight thin-film solar modules can be installed over existing carports constructed with architectural metal panels and some square rib corrugated metal panels without affecting the current weight limitation design. On carports with non-compatible metal panel profiles, these metal panels can be removed and replaced with new architectural metal panels without having to modify the existing support structure at a cost lower than full replacement.  FLEX-02 modules can be installed onsite, requiring fewer installers and equipment, speeding up both new construction and retrofit installations, all at a lower cost.

Solution Brochures

Reference: Oakley Executive RV and Boat Storage

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Location Oakley, CA
Installation Size 6.3 kWh
Customer Baja Construction
Installation November 2015

Reference: US Geological Survey Field Office

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Location Tifton, GA
Installation Size 19 kWh
Customer Giddens Construction
Installation November 2015
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Non-roof

Non-roof Solutions

MiaSolé Thin-film Solar Cell Ideal for a Variety of Non-roof Applications

The MiaSolé solar cell is the most powerful thin-film product on the market today. Its flexible, lightweight design makes it ideal for a wide variety of non-roof applications. Following are a few examples:

Landfill Covers

Landfills are located on large, open areas with no commercial or agriculture use or value—perfect for solar installations. Closing and sealing landfills with a synthetic TPO membrane cover reduces costs compared to conventional standard subtitle D methods, and flexible solar modules then can be bonded directly to the membrane cover, providing power generation capability.

Landfill membrane covers and flexible modules are a perfect combination for sloped landfill sites where conventional solar arrays cannot be installed due to slope and live-load limitations. Landfills provide large power-generation area and fewer shading issues when compared to rooftop solar, and adding solar modules to landfill covers is an excellent complement to landfill gas technology to increase overall energy output.

MiaSolé FLEX modules provide the following benefits when used on landfill covers:

  • Easy to install—simply peel-and-stick module onto the membrane used to contain, cover and close the landfill
  • Non-penetration installation protects the environment
  • Flexible—conforms to the contours of the landfill and accommodates differential settlement
  • Resistant to theft and vandalism
  • Wind- and seismic-resistant
  • Shatter-proof—won’t break if struck by debris

MiaSolé Brochure: Products and Solutions
Brochure: Lightweight Solar Modules for Landfill Covers – English
Brochure: Lightweight Solar Modules for Landfill Covers – Japanese

Reservoir Covers

Installing solar modules on reservoir covers allows reservoir owners and municipalities to generate power using the water surface area without consuming valuable land area for a solar array. Due to reduced evaporation, a 3-acre storage pond covered with a solar reservoir cover could save over four million gallons of water each year. In addition, solar reservoir covers ensure less water contamination and algae growth, minimizing water treatment costs.

Solar reservoir covers offer a large power-generation area and less shading issues when compared to rooftop solar. The cooling effect of the water also improves solar module performance. And for reservoir-based hydro power plants, solar power provides an ideal supplement to hydro-based power generation.

MiaSolé FLEX modules provide the following benefits when used on reservoir covers:

  • Lightweight: less than 2.9 kg/m2—Ideal for floating structures
  • Easy to install—simply peel-and-stick onto reservoir membrane
  • Resistant to wind
  • Shatter-proof—won’t break if struck by debris

MiaSolé Brochure: Products and Solutions
Brochure: Lightweight Solar Modules for Reservoir Covers – English
Brochure: Lightweight Solar Modules for Reservoir Covers – Japanese

LED Lighting

MiaSolé FLEX panels are the most efficient thin-film lightweight flexible panels on the market today—with an efficiency rating of 16%–generating the most power possible. For lighting applications, this means that the power generated by a MiaSolé panel is sufficient to power an LED streetlight for up to eight days, meaning even in times of inclement weather the light will be powered.

The MiaSolé Flex panels curve around the light pole structure, eliminating the need for a separate rack. Not only does this reduce the chance of vandalism and theft, but it preserves the aesthetic appeal of the light. In addition, the manner in which the FLEX panels lay on top of the cylindrical shape of the pole increases wind resistance. A traditional solar light with rectangular panel can only withstand 70 to 90 mph winds while a light powered by a MiaSolé flexible panel can withstand 150+ mph.

Because solar-powered lighting is self-contained, it is off-grid and can be used in remote installations and is unaffected by power outages.

MiaSolé Brochure: Products and Solutions

Customer Challenge

  • Provide outdoor lighting that preserves resources, has no moving parts and is virtually maintenance-free
  • Panels need to:
    • Generate sufficient power
    • Easily fit onto existing poles
    • Withstand the outdoor environment
    • Look good

MiaSolé Solution

  • Flexible panels curve around light pole, preserving the look of the light
  • Lights can withstand 150+ mph winds and have low risk of theft and vandalism
  • Powerful enough to charge battery to power light for eight days

Reference: ClearWorld

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Location Multiple
Installation Size 240W per light pole
Customer ClearWorld
Installation April 2015
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Greenhouses

Greenhouses are climate controlled environmental structures. With the integration of photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, heating and monitoring systems can be powered off-grid. This allows growers to fulfill green mandates and sustainability goals through carbon reduction and local sourcing. Adding photovoltaic panels to greenhouses also dramatically reduces lifetime building and energy costs.

MiaSolé Brochure: Products and Solutions

Reference: ArchSolar

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Location Multiple
Installation Size 9W per sf
Customer ArchSolar
Installation June 2016
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Consumer Charging

Consumer Charging

The flexible and lightweight thin-film MiaSolé solar cell can be configured in multiple ways and be tailored to fit any application. The unbreakable cell is a dark uniform color with an appealing interconnected design that enhances the appearance of consumer devices. The cell generates the most power available in a thin-film design at 16% efficiency, which, along with the lightweight design keeps the final weight of the device as low as possible.

 12 W  24 W  48W  97W
Product Name Aurora Charger 12 Aurora Charger 24 Aurora Charger 48 Aurora Charger 97
Part Number M12 M24 M48 M97
Module Size (mm) Unfolded 680 x 230 832 x 315 855 x 612 1100 x 920
Module Size (mm) Folded 230 x 200 x 20 315 x 245 x 20 305 x 252 x 35 305 x 255 x 55
Product Size (mm) Unfolded 680 x 230 x 12.5 832 x 315 x 12.5 855 x 612 x 14 1100 x 920 x 13
Colors Available Black
Desert Camouflage
Digital Camouflage
Forest Camouflage
Navy Camouflage
Weight (g) 250 450 900 1700
Power (max) W 12 24 48 97
Open Circuit Voltage (VoC) 8.1V 11.8V 23.3V 23.3V
DC Vmpp (V) 6.6V 9.9V 19.2V 19.2V
Impp (A) 2A 2.5A 2.6A 5.2A
USB Output 5V 2A Max 5V 2A 2x 5V 2.4A 2x 5V 2.4A
Adjustable Power Output of Charge Controller 1.25 ~ 36V 1.25 ~ 36V

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