Chinese company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd, has launched a glass-topped solar roofing tile, which is considered to be a potential challenger for Tesla’s Solar Roof. The Chinese company which is based in Beijing would soon introduce curved solar roofing tiles, HanTiles, in the U.S. market.
All visible surface of a curved solar roof tile can be efficiently used, making it possible to get maximum yield of a tile roof under all circumstances. Further, Hantile has the reliable waterproofing and ventilating structures with a proven long service life. “The Hantile is the ultimate roof application of thin film,” says the company statement. Each tile weighs about 11 1/2 pounds and each tile could generate up to 35 watts of electricity. The new roof tile can withstand high winds and can generate power at temperatures ranging from -40 C to 85 C, and humidity up to 85 per cent.
The tiles can be installed as a new roof, or installed over an existing roof. HanTiles come in two versions – one that produces electricity and one that doesn’t. The single layer of glass on top of the thin-film collector is in a wavy pattern with three distinct arches. The single-glass curved-shape thin-film solar tile combines flexible solar panels with high-transmittance glass.