CENTRIA GETS $300,000 IN U.S. FUNDS FOR RESEARCH
“These funds will help us complete research and development, engineering standards and commercialization of Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) for standing seam metal roofs. These standards will be available for all metal roof manufacturers and contractors which will speed adoption of solar power as an alternative energy,” said CENTRIA Director of Marketing and Business Development Rick Mowrey.
BIPV solar energy systems combine lightweight, flexible and durable solar panels into one single roofing product that can be used to replace existing roofs or for new construction. It will be used as a national model in providing solar-powered buildings.
“As the nation searches for new, alternative sources of energy, southwestern Pennsylvania will continue to be a leader in developing the technology,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, Pa., a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who presented the funds to CENTRIA in a Jan. 15 ceremony. “We have a dedicated workforce, a strong base of technology and energy firms, and universities to train scientists and engineers.”