DALLAS — FWAVE LLC has introduced its REVIA™ Hybrid™ Solar Roof Tiles, revolutionary premium-looking tiles that harvest both photovoltaic and thermal energy.
Like all F-Wave REVIA roofing products, the new Hybrid tiles install easily, eliminating the need for specialized labor and tools. F-Wave’s patented manufacturing processes and its proprietary blend of engineered polymers deliver durability and all-weather performance.
F-Wave developed its Hybrid tile to provide the homeowner with a truly cost-effective net zero energy house. F-Wave’s Hybrid tiles are up to 40% efficient, double the efficiency of traditional glass solar panels. The energy generated mirrors the energy demand of typical homes across the U.S., which require one-third electrical and two-thirds thermal energy, with the majority of the thermal energy consumed for hot water and space heating.
The Hybrid photovoltaic system utilizes F-Wave’s own lightweight, flexible, thin film silicon solar cells, which produce more kilowatt hours of energy per watt installed per year than traditional glass panels. F-Wave’s solar cells are suitable for south, east and west-facing roof surfaces, making them ideal for modern roof designs.
Superior temperature tolerance enables the cells to maintain their efficiency during hot summer months, whereas traditional glass panels lose efficiency. F-Wave solar cells have been real-world tested for 20 years and have a long-term performance warranty equal to the best glass panels.
The electrical wiring and connectors are pre-mounted, color coded and polarity exclusive, making connections simple and ensuring they are always installed correctly. This installer-friendly system enables the roofing contractor to complete the roof installation without the need for an electrical contractor on the roof. F-Wave’s electrical system optimizes power output from both large and small roof surfaces by using one microinverter to control up to 30 tiles at less than 60 volts, which in turn makes the system intrinsically safe.
Complementary non-photovoltaic Hybrid tiles are also part of the system. These non-photovoltaic tiles can be easily cut to length or shape on site using a standard craft knife. All tiles can be either screwed or nailed to the decking.
Visit F-Wave at booth 1601 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo to see the Hybrid Solar Roof Tiles on display.