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    Has anyone used this, or do you know anything about it? The web-site I have been told but is 'polysolar', but there may be others. What is out there? Obviously the performance in terms of W/m2 is very low compared with conventional panels, but it no doubt has its place. In this case it is to replace a tin roof on an open-fronted building which was originally roofed in glass in the 1930s.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2016
     
    Don't do it! Windows are for letting light in and for looking out of, solar panels are for generating electricity.

    Generally combining two functions leaves both compromised and with too many downsides.
    • CommentAuthorringi
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2016
     
    It may be useful for "Curtain Walling" in office blocks.
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2016
     
    Could you combine normal modules with glazing?
    You could chequer boards them, or put them around the periphery, a block in the middle or stripes.
    Would take a bit of engineering to work out how to combine the two, but not that hard really.
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    Posted By: tonyDon't do it! Windows are for letting light in and for looking out of, solar panels are for generating electricity.

    This is for a roof, not windows. What I've seen (can't recall where) just looked like tinted glass. Not a colour of tint we'd choose, but then we are fussy about colour casts (One of us is an artist. It's not me).
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2016
     
    Posted By: skyewright(One of us is an artist. It's not me)
    Get them to change the media they work in :wink:
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2016
     
    Why would you want a glass roof, the heat losses would be humongous
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    Tony, as per the OP, it's ''open-fronted building which was originally roofed in glass in the 1930s.'' There's no heat to lose!

    It's actually the (outdoor) viewing area for an open-air swimming pool.

    ST, It's in a National Park, so I doubt the Planners would like the conventional module/glass 'chequerboard', I am afraid.

    It does not need to be seen through, but the owners want it to look more like it used to.
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    Schuco do a system i believe.
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    Do a search on here I wrote about it a couple of years ago for covering a new build barn so that we could also use it as a glasshouse. At the time the numbers did not stack up as a conventional 30kw system was going to cost 25k and for the same area of roof the polysolar would produce 10kw but cost 35k
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