Innovation for industry | Energies | Energy storage | Photovoltaic solar power
Rooftops that generate revenue and secure electricity rates for 20 years.
Heliup has designed ultralight, easy-to-install solar photovoltaic panels designed for the structural limitations of metal-frame buildings. The panels can meet 15% to 100% of a building’s electricity requirements.
The roofs of many industrial and commercial buildings are not compatible with conventional solar photovoltaic panels, which, with their supporting structures, weigh 15 kg/m2. A Heliup innovation reduces PV panel weight by more than 60% without sacrificing profitability. The electricity generated can be used by the building or fed back into the grid for income.The reduced weight is made possible by ultra-thin glass that provides both mechanical and physicochemical protection for the PV cells. This innovation is protected by three CEA patents for which Heliup holds exclusive licenses. The panels are being certified, and 1:1 tests will take place in 2023. The startup will bring the product to market in the second half of 2023, targeting large construction and energy companies. It will continue to work with the CEA on R&D to optimize its panels, evaluate their performance, validate new materials, and conduct panel lifecycle analyses.
Heliup roof-mounted photovoltaic panels weigh 5 kg/m2, compared to 15 kg/m2 for conventional panels including the mounting structure
Year founded: 2022Originating institute: CEA-Liten
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.