THORNTON, USA: Ascent Solar Technologies Inc., a developer of flexible thin-film solar modules, has partnered with GlobalWatt Inc., a specialty solar applications company, to develop a new line of adaptable, retractable solar modules to quickly add an extra source of power to existing solar applications.
The integration of an additional power unit without the weight and rigidity of a standard crystalline solar module will change the dynamics of existing and new specialty solar applications.
In today’s world, DC based applications such as solar powered generators, water purifiers, and refrigeration systems are limited by how quickly the batteries can be recharged. In times of heavy usage or workload, these new solar modules will allow for faster charging and longer usage time, both without the need to add heavy solar modules.
“We initially plan to integrate Ascent’s cutting edge technology to our next generation of mobile solar generators and then introduce it across the board. We believe that quick, expandable power using Ascent’s CIGS modules will be synergistic to current crystalline technology as it can be a `stow and go' type power source,” said Dave Slivinski, VP of sales and marketing at GlobalWatt.
Robert Meck, VP of Product Application Development at Ascent Solar Technologies Inc., stated: “The integration of Ascent’s high power density, low specific weight modules into GlobalWatt’s portable portfolio will enable an immediate increase in available deployable power generation without an increase in system weight. The flexibility and durability of Ascent CIGS modules are the perfect solution for lightweight, storable, portable power systems.”