- Meyer Burger is expanding its product portfolio with a roof-integrated solar system
- It has acquired all intellectual property rights for the product from the original developer from Germany who has not been named
- Initial deliveries for this product are scheduled to begin from H2/2022
It plans to unveil the new solar roof solution in October 2021 during the Intersolar trade show. Initial deliveries are planned to be rolled out from H2/2022.
This new roof-integrated solar system will expand the company’s existing product portfolio in the premium rooftop segment, it explained, adding to the existing modules portfolio, for standard roof-mounted installation.
The ‘technically mature’ solution comes with IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 certifications, and can be installed easily just like traditional roof tiles, the company added as it looks to ‘take roof-integrated solutions out of the niche and into a larger market’.
Meyer Burger sees a major market for this kind of product, and counts it as private roof installations for new build or replacement roofing, properties under renovation and historic preservation areas, homes with limited roof loads and installations with particular aesthetic requirements.
Calling it another logical step with the company’s growth strategy, Meyer Burger CEO Gunter Erfurt said, “There is a huge dormant potential for rooftop photovoltaics today because in many situations, standard modules are not an option for various reasons, but existing roof-integrated solutions do not represent a satisfactory solution for the customer either. Our heterojunction HJT/SmartWire technology combined with a sophisticated roof-tile system integration now enables a truly unique product.”
Meyer Burger currently has an operational annual solar cell and module production capacity of 400 MW each, and plans to expand the module capacity to 1 GW in Freiberg next year, targeting modules for residential and small commercial rooftop solar markets of Europe. Another module fab with 400 MW capacity is to be launched at an unknown location to produce modules for rooftop as well as utility scale market by end of 2022 (see Meyer Burger Raises Capital To Expand Production Capacity).
The manufacturer currently is considering its legal options after accusing its exclusive partner Oxford PV of pulling out of the agreement unilaterally (see Meyer Burger Planning To Drag Oxford PV To Court).