Canadian Consulting Engineer


PHOTOVOLTAICS: Taking in the Sun

The opaque and semi-transparent, thin-film, amorphous silicon modules blend seamlessly with the standard window glass. From inside the viewer sees laser-scribed dots, which allow the modules to transmit up to 30% of the light. Wiring is concealed in the mullions, and the array is connected to two grid-tied inverters. The system was designed by BCIT's Photovoltaic Energy Applied Research (PEARL) team led by Eric Smiley, with Schenke Bawol as electrical engineers.