Norwegian tent cloth firm Tarpon Solar, with help from Midsummer, a Swedish maker of flexible solar solutions, has developed flexible tarpaulins and canvases that have integrated solar cells. The Tarpon Solar laminates the copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar cells into the canvas of temporary tents and portable structures.
The solar cells allow such portable outdoor structures to produce electricity at about 120 Watts per square meter. These flexible fabrics let industrial halls, temporary structures, and tents produce renewable energy. The solar cells were laminated into the screen in a very innovative manner.
For this solution, Tarpon Solar won the 1st place in the Technology and Innovation Competition MTI Technology Award. The MTI Technology Award is a competition for new and established companies with a technology-based business concept.
“Each cloth is made for the purpose it will be used for, so the amount of fabric and type of fiber and layer vary. The solar cells are integrated in the production itself and become part of the material,” said Marius Borg-Heggedal, technical manager at Tarpon Solar AS.
“We obviously see great potential with this solution. Being able to produce renewable energy in a canvas opens up for so many different applications around the world,” said Mattias Dahlberg, project manager at Midsummer AB.