Sunday, June 17, 2007

Suntech shows off solar tech

WUXI, China, June 15 (UPI) -- Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. announced a demonstration of solar technologies at the Off-Site exhibition at the U.K. Building Research Establishment.

China-based Suntech is one of the world's leading manufacturers of photovoltaic cells and modules.

Suntech's demonstration was of its MSK Building Integrated Photovoltaic system. The installation is part of Kingspan Off-Site's Lighthouse net-zero carbon home, which is the first house design to achieve the British government's Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6.

Kingspan Off-Site is a leading European manufacturer of modern methods of construction.
The Lighthouse was developed by Kingspan Off-Site in conjunction with multiple partner companies and is the first house to co-generate sufficient electrical power to meet the new sustainable home requirements. By 2016, all new homes built in the United Kingdom will be required to be designed and constructed to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6. It is expected that 200,000 new homes will be built annually in the United Kingdom by 2016.

"Suntech is very pleased to have collaborated with the Kingspan Off-Site team, Sheppard Robson architects and Arup consultants to create this high performance solution," said Jerry Stokes, president of Suntech Europe. "Visitors to Off-Site 2007 have been impressed with the excellent integration of the Just Roof PV modules into the building design where the modules function as both an electrical energy generator and the weatherproof roof of the building. This solution offsets some of the building cost as well as providing the annual power requirements for the house."

The project incorporated 57 MSK Just Roof BIPV modules, which replace conventional roofing panels. MSK Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Suntech.

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