Worlds first integrated solar roof tile solution generating both electricity and hot water from a single unit. Combines photovoltaic solar cells with thermal hot water in a common platform…
The Roof Integrated Photovoltaic and Thermal (RIPV-T) system is an exciting new technology which merges photovoltaic (PV) and thermal systems, simultaneously providing both electric and thermal energy. Through this combination, the system also achieves significantly increased electrical performance in hot conditions, due to the thermal energy generation cooling the PV cells. In this way, more energy is generated per unit surface area when compared to separate photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collector’s side-by-side.
Traditional PV systems turn an average of 10 to 20% of the sunlight into electricity. The remainder (80 to 90%) is lost as heat. Also, as PV cells heat up in warm or hot conditions, their performance is reduced.
Roof system Photovoltaic cells Solar thermal collector Insulation
Solar thermal collector
Because of its integration, the RIPV-T system leads to substantial savings, replacing conventional building materials and is easy to install reducing installation costs. RIPV-T solution was created with the design of houses and commercial building in mind, and seamlessly joins with metal roofing.
Significantly increased electrical performance, due to the thermal energy generation retracting heat from the PV cells Medium temperature water heating or cost effective water pre-heating Faster payback than traditional systems A more aesthetically pleasing building integrated alternative to side-by-side solar water heating and PV modules The product is easier and less expensive to install compared to side-by-side modules Excellent value for money compared to side-by-side PV and SWH modules Low/no maintenance required
Significantly increased electrical performance, due to the thermal energy generation retracting heat from the PV cells
Medium temperature water heating or cost effective water pre-heating
Faster payback than traditional systems
A more aesthetically pleasing building integrated alternative to side-by-side solar water heating and PV modules
The product is easier and less expensive to install compared to side-by-side modules
Excellent value for money compared to side-by-side PV and SWH modules
Low/no maintenance required
Tractile offers a unique patented roofing solution that integrates high performance composite materials with solar photo voltaic-thermal technologies (RIPV-T) to meet the growing worldwide demand for sustainable and energy efficient solutions to building.
Tractile participated as a case study in the Queensland Government’s Embedded Energy of Composites Project. The findings from this project show that Tractile,made from high-strength and light-weight composite materials, out-performed both concrete tiles and metal roof sheet roofing significantly in terms of embodied energy.
MJ: Tractile is 8 times more sustainable than concrete and steel
Kg of CO2: Tractile is 4.5 times more sustainable than concrete and steel
Eco-Indicator Points: Tractile is 5 times more sustainable than concrete and steel
A Tractile Eclipse roof can be supplied and installed without solar power or solar hot water features
Tractile Interlocking Roof System (TIRS)
The main benefits include:
Tractile Solar is the world’s first Roofing Integrated Photovoltaic Thermal (RIPV-T) roof tile. It creates both electricity and solar boosted hot water from single unit.
The main benefits include:
The Eclipse Thermo tiles are designed to maximize the solar heated hot water output. Under the right conditions Thermo tiles can generate hot water with a temperature off 55°C to 75°C. With an inlet temperature of 20°C, the estimated average daily volume of 60°C heated water per Eclipse Solar tile is 2 to 5 liters.
Besides the aesthetic gains from the Eclipse Thermo built-in pool heating vs. black pipes, an additional benefit in using Eclipse Thermo for pool heating is that birds and pests can no longer cause damage to the pipes.
Tractile Solar RIPV-T technology integrates with flat profile concrete tile roofs
Composite Roof tile + Solar + HW to merge into new or existing concrete tiled roof
125Watt-peak per sqm
3-4 litre per solar hour per sqm of pre-heated water of 30-40 degrees C
From the first day Bertio got involved with Tractile in early 2011 he has been working on the products’ commercial break through. He combines a long term vision with practical hands on execution skills. Bertio started his career in ICT and ERP in 1988 in Europe, moved in 1993 to Asia setting up ERP consultancy companies in 9 countries.