Panels / Guides

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...panels The fibers are all oriented in the same direction, so the panels do not have the same shear strength as CLT products. Guardian Structures in Ontario has been offering DLT panels since 2016, and Structure Craft - located in British Columbia - will open the doors to the first large-scale DLT construction fac...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...panels due to the weight but are used for PV panels. Solar trackers follow the sun’s path across the sky and can track the daily changes in incidence. A general rule for capturing direct solar energy when not using a tracker, is to tilt the panel up from the earth as follows: Dec. 21 - latitude (assume 45°) plus ...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...panels’ solar cells and produce an electric current. This current is transferred to wires that lead to an inverter. The inverter converts this energy into AC power for your home and can be used throughout the home in a variety of ways. Types of solar panels There are a variety of types of solar panels on the market...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...panels is based on the assumptions of very specific energy input. If more light is fed to the panels through a reflector, the temperature variations of the panels themselves will be greater, and the energy output is less predictable. According to Pearce, many manufacturers are unnecessarily concerned about this leading...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...panels, and panels for satellites that can be folded up for launch and unfolded to put them into operation. According to Murat Okandan, CEO of mPower Technology, conventional solar panels "are brittle because they're crystalline". He goes on to say, "If you bend or flex them, at some point they'll just break and shat...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...panels, so that should be your starting place. If you reduce the heat loss of a home by 70-80% (which is not that hard to do with a new building), you reduce the amount of panels required for heating by that same amount and suddenly heating a house with an active solar panel system becomes more realistic. Even more so ...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...panels face? The most common answer is ‘south’, but there are variables to consider. Depending on how much you rely on solar panels to meet your demand and whether or not you have batteries to store power will determine the optimum orientation for your panels, and the best direction for you is not necessarily due sou...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...panels in hot and cold clinates compared to EPS and XPS foam Insulation panels - see the article from Building Science Corporation here An Alternative to Foam: Mineral wool / Rock wool rigid insulation panels: The only rigid board insulation that is not a petroleum-based foam product shown in the main photo above i...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

When considering solar cells as thin as laminate and completely transparent, the possibilities seem endless. Imagine every glass or laminant surface in our built environment and all of our devices, large and small, harvesting solar energy. In a world of passive, self-sustaining mini-power stations, would the need for ...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...panels in the controlled environment of a manufacturing plant, these fabricated walls ensure the ideal moisture content of materials. Being sealed on all sides by wood and plaster further protects panels from weather during construction, and the quick installation of finished panels means you can get a roof over them q...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...panels are a growing trend in green building online , with one notable shortfall – the heat that is generated is difficult to store or control. Many people take advantage of the relatively simple and affordable nature of air-heated solar panels (compared to photovoltaic panels) to harness the energy of the sun to heat ...