In what might just become a trend in the solar products manufacturing industry—after the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla announced its “Solar roof” tiles—Hanergy has launched its version of the solar-embedded roof tile.
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd is a Chinese multinational clean energy company. The company claims to be the world’s leading thin-film solar power company committed to changing the world using thin-film solar.
The new product integrates flexible thin-film solar chip with roofing material, which the company claims is capable of efficient power generation with high safety level.
The “Hantile”, which is what the new product is called, will help incorporate photovoltaic modules within buildings and will be an upgrade from current aesthetic modern architectural design.
Priced at 1,390 yuan ($206.65) per square meter, the company’s strategy is to mass produce these panels or tiles in China.
Each Hantile has a capacity of 30 watts and will compete with the present crystalline silicon solar panels that are installed separately on the roof.
“Comparing with Tesla’s flat solar tiles, Hantile is able to incorporate solar cells into both flat and curved-face roof tile,” said Li Hejun, founder and former chairman of Hanergy told Reuters.
China faces stiff competition from India and the United States, who have also been developing solar roof tile products, but has not tasted much success on the mass-production level.
It’s no secret that China is now the world’s leading solar panel producer, but this title, which is very coveted and envied, comes with a few challenges. One of which is product availability and available capacity.
China currently faces a capacity glut in a highly subsidized industry amid high power wastage, despite its drive to promote renewable energy.