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December 24, 2008 > Business Profile: Future belongs to Clean Green Technology

Business Profile: Future belongs to Clean Green Technology

By Meenu Gupta

When the Business Journal's 2008 Emerging Tech award winners were announced on December 4th at the Computer History museum, Solyndra Inc. emerged as the winner of the clean green technology award for breaking new ground in solar power. Solyndra designs and manufactures photovoltaic (PV) systems comprised of panels and mounting hardware for the commercial rooftop market.

The Fremont based company won the award for its innovative approach in changing the traditional photovoltaic solar panel technology from flat to a cylindrical module. The new shaped photovoltaic tubes collect light from all possible ways: direct, diffused and reflected. The maximum amount of collected light ensures the maximum amount of electricity.

Moreover Solyndra's tubes can be aligned horizontally over a rooftop. Mounting the traditional panels is challenging as they must be positioned to avoid casting shadows on each other. They have to be fixed securely on the rooftop as they might fall in case of heavy winds.

With the dwindling natural resources and soaring energy costs, the future belongs to clean green technology. Designed specifically for commercial rooftop installation, Solyndra's PV system uniquely benefits from installation on a cool roof. Due to the air flow through Solyndra's panels, cool roofs remain much cooler than with other PV systems. The lightweight and non-penetrating system also eliminates the negative impact on roof life and performance associated with either heavier traditional PV systems.

The panels can be removed as easily as they are installed. Solyndra's panels are packed closely together, thereby covering significantly more of the typically available roof area and producing more electricity per rooftop on an annual basis than a conventional panel installation. The result is significantly more solar electricity per rooftop per year.

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