Santa Clara, CA June 29, 2016 – General Membrane SpA, the premiere Italian provider of bitumen, synthetic and metal roof waterproofing membranes, and MiaSolé have entered a strategic partnership agreement. General Membrane will integrate the MiaSolé flexible thin-film CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide) FLEX module—the most efficient thin-film lightweight flexible module with an aperture efficiency rating of up to 17%—into their new General Solar PV FLEX, an innovative solution for the waterproofing sector. General Solar PV FLEX is composed of MiaSolé flexible modules adhered to a General Membrane bituminous or synthetic waterproofing layer. General Solar PV FLEX becomes an integral part of the roof and offers the double benefit of waterproofing and generation of electricity, and can be used on new and existing flat or sloping roofs as well as roofs with variable geometry, such as curves.
The MiaSolé FLEX module has several features that make it ideal for General Membrane’s waterproof membranes. In addition to its high efficiency rating, the low weight of the module (<2.9kg/m2) allows installation on roofs that cannot support the weight of traditional glass solar panels. Peel-and-stick application allows the FLEX module to be fully integrated into the membrane, conforming to curved surfaces and offering superior resistance to wind. The MiaSolé FLEX Series module is IEC 61646 & IEC 61730 and UL 1703 certified.
“We are proud of this agreement between our company and MiaSolé that is in accordance with mission of General Membrane SpA. The role of the roof is changing and modern waterproofing systems must meet, through innovation, the new functions of the roof, ensuring durability. The partnership with MiaSolé and its innovative FLEX modules allows us to continue in our proposal of BIPV systems and our commitment towards the environmental solutions”, said Maurizio Codognotto, President and CEO of General Membrane SpA.
“The MiaSolé module helps General Membrane create solutions for today’s challenges integrating solar power generation into buildings” says Anil Vijayendran, Vice President of Product Sales and Marketing at MiaSolé. “We are pleased with this partnership with General Membrane. Working with General Membrane highlights our commitment to expand the solar energy ecosystem with this integrated General Solar PV FLEX waterproofing membrane”.
“This partnership with General Membrane is an example of how the MiaSolé FLEX module can be used to create unique solutions preserving the integrity of the roof and rewards the choice of Hanergy to invest in flexible CIGS technologies”, said Li Ming, CEO of Hanergy Europe, MiaSolé’s sales partner in Europe.
About General Membrane
Founded in 1993 in Ceggia, Italy, General Membrane SpA designs and produces waterproofing materials for the construction industry. Since its inception, General Membrane has considered quality and flexibility as key success factors. The distribution of General Membrane products across more than 60 countries over all continents accounts for 40% of overall production output, thus confirming that the international market identifies General Membrane as a leading provider of waterproof membranes.
General Membrane SpA operates in the photovoltaic sector by offering waterproof photovoltaic systems to generate clean electricity on roofing systems through renewable sources, confirming its ongoing commitment towards the environment. More information about General Membrane can be found at http://www.generalmembrane.it/.
MiaSolé is a producer of thin-film Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) solar cells and panels. Founded in 2004, MiaSolé has evolved from a Silicon Valley start-up to the world leader in thin-film solar panel efficiency. In its Sunnyvale, CA facility, it has demonstrated 16% module efficiency in production and 18% cell efficiency in the lab. In December 2012, MiaSolé became a member of the Hanergy family. MiaSolé joined Hanergy Thin Film Power Group as MiaSolé Hi-Tech. Hanergy provides unparalleled financial, technical, and sales expertise. Since the acquisition, MiaSolé has continued to increase cell performance as well as develop new applications for our technology. Additional information about MiaSolé can be found by visiting www.miasole.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MiaSoleHiTechCorp.