A highly flexible, thin and light solar panel has officially been launched in Switzerland.
Flisom’s new technology is said to be 98% thinner and lighter than traditional solar panels currently available on the market.
The jet black modules are rollable and customizable and can be used in the roofs and facades of buildings as well as in the transportation and aerospace industries.
The firm is backed by Tata Industries, a group of Swiss investors and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa).
It is currently working with companies in the automotive and aerospace industries, developing custom solar-integrated solutions for cars, unmanned aerial vehicles and public transportation carriages.
Speaking to ELN at the official launch, Flisom CEO Rahul Budhwar said: “We’re also offering this technology as a platform, which means it can be customised for the needs of different applications and products so you can embed them or custom create this for exactly the way that application needs solar – rather than taking standard blocks of large panels.
“Our panels can be as low as, in weight, 160 grams per metre square compared to today’s panels which can be 15kg per metre square.”