Tremco Incorporated has been awarded a $1 million Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program (TFAEP) grant from the State of Ohio in the Advanced Materials category.
BEACHWOOD, Ohio - Tremco Incorporated has been awarded a $1 million
Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program (TFAEP) grant from the State of Ohio in the Advanced
Tremco and its
project collaborators, in particular Xunlight of Toledo, Ohio, propose to
leverage Ohio’s outstanding building materials and photovoltaic (PV) research
and development capacity to commercialize a unique, durable, high-performance -
but removable - building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing solution
targeting the grid-tied commercial marketplace, in which businesses are able to
sell excess electricity back to the utility. The project team will integrate
thin-film, flexible PV modules into Tremco’s innovative roofing systems.
The proposed product
is in the Incubating (development) Phase of the Third Frontier Technology
Commercialization Framework. Building on its experience and knowledge in photovoltaic
systems, combined with the expertise of its partners and the support of the
TFAEP grant, Tremco’s innovative BIPV system will be a significant advancement
over existing systems. The company expects to develop new processes and
technologies which will help the system advance the cause of “green”
construction, and have a positive impact both on Ohio’s economy and on energy costs for those
using the BIPV system.
The project is
closely aligned with Ohio’s
interests in advanced materials and advanced energy systems. Ohio is also positioned well to support the
project, with its financial commitment to solar power, network of research
universities, integrated supply chain and experienced workforce. The Alliance (Ohio)
City Schools will serve as an initial customer for the new roofing system.
The project promises
further research in the area of “cradle-to-cradle” roofing systems. In a
cradle-to-cradle relationship, the roof is leased to the building owner; at the
end of its useful life, it is removed and recycled into a new
roof. Cradle-to-cradle systems are growing in popularity as raw material
prices continue to rise and America
becomes increasingly aware of environmental concerns. For more information,
call 800-562-2728 or visitwww.tremcoroofing.com.