Architectural Technologist – Dow enter the PV market
You can always tell when a product or service get to the point were it is going to be popular, the big boys think it’s going to make money, big pots of money, and start bringing products to market, and this is a prime example of one of the biggest making a move, believe me I worked for Dow for 14 years, and they would not make a product like this if someone has not done some serious number crunching. But have they got it right, there are some serious competitors out there making some great products. But heres hoping, I still have shares in Dow.
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today unveiled its line of DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle, revolutionary photovoltaic solar panels in the form of solar shingles that can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials. The solar shingle systems are expected to be available in limited quantities by mid-2010 and projected to be more widely available in 2011, putting the power of solar electricity generation directly and conveniently in the hands of homeowners.
Groundbreaking technology from Dow Solar Solutions (DSS) integrates low-cost, thin-film CIGS photovoltaic cells into a proprietary roofing shingle design, which represents a multi-functional solar energy generating roofing product. The innovative product design reduces installation costs because the conventional roofing shingles and solar generating shingles are installed simultaneously by roofing contractors. DSS expects an enthusiastic response from roofing contractors since no specialized skills or knowledge of solar array installations are required.
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