Made up of metallic
compounds and salts
Resistant to heat,
weather, and chemicals
Made up of metallic
compounds and salts
Embedded into the glass through the tempering process
Colourfast (resistant to
fading/bleed) and expected to last 50 years
To achieve both efficient power generation and an aesthetically pleasing design, Mitrex pays special attention to coatings. An anti-reflection coating is applied to prevent sunlight from reflecting off the glass. An anti-soiling coating prevents sunlight-blocking dust from settling onto the glass. The anti-soiling coating also makes Mitrex products virtually maintenance-free.
All light is either transmitted, reflected, or absorbed. If we reduce the amount of light that is reflected or absorbed by our products, a greater amount of light can transmit through the glass into the solar cell; this improves efficiency and energy generation. The index of refraction (n) is how fast light travels through a medium. If there is an abrupt change in the index, a greater amount of light is reflected. For example, when light travels from air (n=1.00) to water (n=1.33), 2% of light is reflected. This change in the index of refraction causes a pencil to look broken in the water.
In PV modules, light needs to transmit through glass (n=1.50).
At Mitrex, we apply an anti-reflection coating that eases the transition of light from air to glass by introducing a material with an index of refraction of 1.28. This material allows for a less abrupt change in the index, minimizing the amount of light reflected. Since this material is made of silica, which is the same material as glass, the integration of the coating is seamless. A unique structure also helps trap the light inside the medium to reduce the amount of light reflected and further improve the transmission.
Mitrex technology builds upon regular solar panels by combining them with building materials, making them multi-purpose products. At Mitrex, we prioritize the high efficiency of the solar modules while maintaining design flexibility.
Monocrystalline Solar Cell
We use monocrystalline silicon solar cells for our opaque photovoltaic products such as cladding, roof, siding, or military applications. This type of solar technology is the highest performing, most scalable option on the market. At Mitrex, our advanced colouring process allows us to integrate any design, colour, or pattern into solar-producing building materials. We balance the aesthetic needs of our clients with the efficiency and performance of the modules to provide the best integrated photovoltaic product possible.
A solar back sheet plays a significant role in protecting the module and ensuring the lifetime of the system. A poorly engineered back sheet can result in power degradation of the modules and safety failures that can cause injuries. The back sheet is the only layer protecting people from dangerous DC voltage. It also protects the module from UV radiation, chemical corrosion, and oxygen or moisture penetration while providing electrical insulation of the system. An ideal back sheet balances the weatherability, mechanical strength, and adhesion to the module.
At Mitrex, we only use the highest quality back sheets to ensure our modules last over 25 years. Our back sheets are a triple layer fluorine/PET/PVDF sandwich that balance all three attributes while staying extremely thin (300 m). Back sheets are available in white (for more power of approximately 10 W) or black for a sleeker look.
Mitrex solar panels are reinforced by an aluminum honeycomb backing. Our aerospace technology takes advantage of the lightweight and durable structure of the honeycomb. This makes our cladding significantly lighter compared to traditional cladding options and increases the safety and durability of the building facade. Compared to a conventional solar frame, the aluminum back acts as a heat sink which helps cool the panels. Solar panels operate better in cooler conditions, as they lose approximately 0.3-0.4% of power per degree Celsius when the temperature reaches over 25°C. The honeycomb is also more durable than a traditional frame, making it more resistant to wind and snow. Overall, the honeycomb structure means that our panels are structurally more robust and resilient than conventional framed panels.
For the entire solar system to provide energy, an inverter is required. An inverter is an electronic device or circuitry that converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). The input voltage, output voltage and frequency, and overall power handling depend on the specific device or circuitry design. The inverter does not produce any power; the power is provided by the DC source, in this case, the Mitrex PV modules. Inverters are essential for solar systems because they convert the DC electricity produced by the modules into AC electricity for the grid.
Mitrex BIPV modules have a range of 10V to 50V. These systems are compatible with almost all the inverters on the market; microinverters for smaller projects, string inverters, and central inverters can be used with our products. Mitrex solar modules have a maximum voltage system of 1000V, meaning they are compatible with 600V in put voltage inverters, particularly for residential building applications, and 1000V input voltage. Also, Mitrex products are compatible with DC power optimizers