Mitrex wants to generate BIPV solar power with this new building exterior

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The Mitrex solar cladding materials can retain the same esthetic as its non-energy-producing counterparts, and can mimic various construction materials such as concrete, timber, or stucco. (CNW Group/Mitrex)

Mitrex is introducing a patented solution that can transform a building’s exterior into a vertical, self-sufficient power system. As part of the company’s commitment to a net-zero carbon future, the immediate focus is on pioneering renewable energy solutions for the construction industry.

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The company’s patented building-integrated photovoltaic technology (BIPV) – via solar cladding and glass railing – extends a building’s energy-generating potential from rooftops down to vertical walls. It can be easily installed on new developments, as well as retro-fitted on existing developments. Mitrex stresses that its products are not only cost-effective, but aesthetically pleasing for building owners and developers, mimicing various construction materials such as concrete, timber, or stucco.

“Our mission is to be the catalyst that accelerates the adoption of sustainable, energy-generating, human-made structures,” says CEO Danial Hadizadeh. “With residential, commercial and industrial buildings accounting for 40 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions globally, it’s clear that developers and buildings owners can play an integral role in curbing emissions by investing in BIPV technology.”

Renewable energy, especially solar energy, is not a new concept. However, adoption has historically been hampered by poor esthetics, high price tags and slow production. With the continuous increase in the earth’s temperature, proactive solutions – like the use of BIPV technology – are crucial. Various power grids across North America have been compromised in the face of extreme weather due to dated technology. Sustainable, solar-based microgrids have the power to mitigate weather-related power outages, saving cities millions of dollars on power restoration.

“Extreme power outages from weather events can ultimately be avoided if microgrid solutions are implemented,” says Hadizadeh. “In the most recent widespread outage in Texas, 3.4 million homes and businesses were without power for a dangerously long period. Self-sufficient systems not only save hundreds of millions of dollars, but also can prevent or limit the effects of climate change on communities.”

Mitrex’s solar cladding and SolaRail are only the beginning. With over 50 projects in the works, the company’s extensive investment into R&D promises a plethora of integrated solar products in the near future, including windows, side paneling and more. Other benefits Mitrex is promoting:

  • Same cost, and in some cases cheaper, than traditional materials while lowering future energy costs
  • Seamless solar cell integration results in limitless design and color options, allowing the technology to blend in with any building’s design
  • Potential to claim tax credits and take advantage of government incentives
  • Strong environmental impact: 13 million kWh of green energy can be produced from one building in 30 years
  • Contributes to LEED points and reduces building emissions since single-function materials become multi-functional
  • Excellent wind resistance, high safety standards, bird-friendly
  • Year-round fabrication and installation capability supported by an exceptional warranty

— Solar Builder magazine


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