United Solar, the global manufacturer of UNI-SOLAR lightweight, flexible solar products and a wholly owned subsidiar of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), is proud to announce the first Solar Sail electric car charging station constructed by Pvilion using UNI-SOLAR photovoltaic (PV) laminates.
The Solar Sail electric car charging station is located in Pflugerville, Texas, near Austin, at the entrance to Pflugerville's Renewable Energy Park. The sail was designed and constructed by New York based company,
Pvilion, who designs, builds and installs flexible, artistic solar structures.y of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), is proud to announce the first Solar Sail electric car charging station constructed by Pvilion using UNI-SOLAR photovoltaic (PV) laminates.
UNI-SOLAR's lightweight, flexible laminates are attached to stainless steel sheets that are twisted and tensioned to create the unique Solar Sail. The 1600 Watt Solar Sail is south facing, with each individual UNI-SOLAR panel positioned at different angles to optimize the amount of electricity produced. That electricity produced from this Solar Sail is enough to charge two electric cars per day, and because the sail is connected to the utility grid, any unused electricity will feed back into the grid. The Solar Sail also features integrated LED RGB lighting, making it even more aesthetically pleasing.
Pvilion will be hosting a reception for the Solar Sail at Pflugerville's Renewable Energy Park on Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 5-8 pm CST. Attendees can enjoy tours of the Solar Sail as well as music, food and drinks. The Solar Sail is part of a plan set forth by the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation to attract green technology companies to the city.
"Pvilion's Solar Sail provides electric car manufacturers and charging station companies with a visual landmark attraction - the WOW factor - that has been missing," said Todd Dalland, Co-Founder and President of Pvilion. "It promotes clean energy with enhanced design, solar panel technology and owner experience; a true game changer in the marketing of electric cars and solar panels."
"By seamlessly integrating our UNI-SOLAR laminates into their unique design, Pvilion was able to create the first photovoltaic electric charging station of its kind," said Ed Sosnowski, United Solar's Project Manager for Open Solar. "Pvilion is changing the way people view solar panels with its ability to design and build attractive, flexible solar powered products."
United Solar has more than 25 years experience in the solar industry, is the largest manufacturer of lightweight flexible solar panels in the world and has been awarded nearly 70 United States patents for various technological advancements.
About United Solar/UNI-SOLAR
United Solar has been a global leader in building-integrated and rooftop photovoltaics for over 25 years. The company manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight into clean, renewable energy using proprietary technology for which the company has been awarded over 70 U.S. patents. UNI-SOLAR brand products are unique because of their flexibility, light weight, ease of installation, durability, and real-world energy production.
United Solar and its parent company Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., on February 14, 2012 filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court the Eastern District of Michigan.