A non-slip integrated building solar panel has been developed.

The Spanish energy startup Solum has introduced a non-slip solar panel, named Arena, which can be used as a building material on terraces or roofs. According to the company, there is no difference in performance.
A non-slip integrated building solar panel has been developed

The Spanish energy startup Solum has developed a solar panel named Arena, which acts as a non-slip surface for roofs and terraces. According to the company, Arena panels offer the same durability and efficiency as traditional solar panels. Additionally, it is stated that this building material will pay back the investment within four years..

Significant advancement in building-integrated solar panels

A non-slip integrated building solar panel has been developed

Solum does not just produce traditional solar panels; it focuses on smart and sustainable products in general. The Arena panels developed by the company serve this purpose. Essentially, these panels are categorized as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). They are used in place of traditional building materials in certain parts such as roofs, skylights, or facades.

Solum’s Arena panels are walkable, impact-resistant, and suitable for water collection, making them ideal for use on roofs or terraces. The company also states that these structures do not heat up as much as traditional panels. As is well known, solar panels can become very hot, but Solum’s solution heats up to the same level as traditional ground surfaces (a maximum of 60 degrees Celsius).

They are made of monocrystalline silicon as standard and have dimensions of 120 cm x 67 cm. Depending on the design, they can be elevated between 5 to 15 cm from the ground and can be combined with tiles, paving stones, and other traditional building materials. While similar products have existed, none of them guaranteed performance at the level of traditional panels. Solum, however, guarantees the same performance and claims that the investment will pay off within 4-7 years.

The use cases for BIPV panels are quite extensive. With the disadvantage of temperature and performance difference eliminated, they can be used in sidewalks, bike paths, building surfaces, terraces, roofs, and many other places. Solum states that Arena panels are already available for order and will be ready for installation by early 2025 at the latest.

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