||OVERVIEW of ORION
SOLARTECH'S COMPLETE SOLAR SYSTEM
Orion Solartech’s revolutionary new BIPV
Thermal system is the only Building Integrated,
Photovoltaic, Thermal, Solar Panel that also
provides a structural element and roof all combined
into one unit. With the many ways the Orion
Solartech system can be applied to structures,
Architects, Engineers, Designers and home owners
will now have an unprecedented ability to
incorporate solar into their buildings without
putting a box on a roof.
Here are some of the advantages of our solar system
and its applications.
- Our panels are designed to work in conjunction
with any type of roofing material. By selecting the
correct capping and flashings designs a solar system
can be installed flush with asphalt shingles or
raised to appear flush with a clay tile roof.
- The Thermal advantage can be used for both heating
and cooling. A simple exposed thermal or thermal- PV
panel (figure8) could be used for hot water in
warmer climates and it could be applied to cooling
in hot regions with cool nights. Simply circulate
the conductive medium in the evening and store for
daytime cooling. For hot water this system can be
built-into the roof with glazing and can be
specifically designed for insulation requirements in
- The combined Photovoltaic Thermal advantage
substantially raises the efficiency to a present day
potential of 50% by combining near 20% PV efficiency
and 30% thermal efficiency.
- Removing the heat from a photovoltaic panel
increases the electrical output.
- Heat is one of the most destructive factors in
regards to the deterioration of PV panels. Removing
the heat increases the longevity of the system’s
ability to produce electricity as well as the
- The structural element of these solar panels
allows for a reduction in materials as there is no
substrate needed to support them. Overall strength
can be engineered for various factors such as snow
loads, hurricanes and earth quakes.
- The panel’s water proof surface combined with
flashings, caps and gaskets further reduces
materials and labour as the Orion Solartech solar
system does not get secured to a racking system on
top of a roof. “IT IS THE ROOF”.
- Collect rain water.
- Thermal solar can be used for domestic hot water,
heat the pool, hot tub, large thermal storage for
winter use, commercial laundry, multi-unit complexes
and sports facilities.
- Electricity can be used within the confines of
the building the panels are applied to, feed power
into the grid, store power for off grid, power for
your electric vehicle, electric heat, boost hot
water, power for air conditioning or any other house
- COLOR, COLOR, COLOR; With the availability of colored Photovoltaic’s and the ability to color our
flashings’ caps and panels in any shade you want
(best to consider thermal conductivity) finally we
can design a solar roof with color.
- Compatible with new construction and renovations.
The panels will be available for 16” or 24” center’s
providing 24”, 32” and 48” wide panels. The metric
equivalent of 400mm or 600mm center’s would provide
panels of 600mm, 800mm or 1200mm widths. Custom
manufactured widths will also be available for
- The dynamics of this system allow for an
unparalleled versatility as the following example
will provide: In a hot region with mild winters the
PV Thermal panel (see figure 16) can expel the hot
air from the integrated space between the thermal
panel and insulation by means of convection during
hot summer days. This provides a shadow effect to
keep heat out of the attic reducing the cooling load
on the house. In The winter time a simple opening
and closing louver system can use this warm air to
heat the house in the winter with a convective loop
or by means of forced air.
- All electrical and plumbing connections can be
confined to underneath the water proof roof/panel
reducing exposure to the elements and giving
sheltered access for maintenance and repair.
- Complete PV Thermal systems with excess heat can
store it in the ground for winters use when
- The Orion Solartech solar energy roofing
system avoids roof penetrations and protects all
the electrical and pluming connections. All
wires and pipes are below the roof protected
from the elements and UV degradation.