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Special BMC for Integrated Solar Roof Tiles

  • Friday, 18th August 2006
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Thermoset moulding compounds supplier IDI Composites has developed a special formulation of BMC for use in the production of parts for integrated solar roof tiles.

The new compound, BMC 44-10-SP, is being used for the integrated backing support frame and the solar panel for Marley PowerTiles. IDI say that it can withstand extended exposure to sun and natural elements without breaking down or distorting the shape of the moulded parts, and that use of the BMC provides cost savings through the consolidation of parts such as lugs, fittings and junction boxes for electrical connections.

Marley PowerTiles are said to be an efficient and cost-effective way of converting residential or commercial roofing into a solar power source. Consisting of an integrated backing support frame and solar panel, the Marley solar tile system requires materials that can withstand extended exposure to sun and natural elements without breaking down or distorting their shape. Using a custom formulated bulk moulding compound (BMC 44-10-SP), IDI provides both the integrated support frame and the solar panel interface to the support frame for the Marley system. In addition to providing superior material properties, IDI moulded components provide cost savings as they consolidate numerous parts, including lugs, fittings, and junction boxes for electrical connections.


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