Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, a new company comes along with a different approach.  SolTech Energy makes an innovative roof tile — similar but distinguishable from this thin-film solar tile offered by SRS Energy — that harvests solar energy with a traditional looking glass tile.  Currently offered in Spain and Sweden, the SolTech System can be installed to work in conjunction with most common heating solutions on the market.


As shown, air below the glass tile is heated by the sun and redirected for use by the central heating system.  The system works with air-based and water-based heating systems, including, for example, a ground source heat pump, air heat pump, pellet boiler, oil boiler, or electric boiler.

SolTech Energy expects to bring the system to market in the U.S. sometime in 2011, according to a coment on Core77 by Henrik Bage, Head of Business Development for the company.

Incidentally, preliminary tests show that the system has a natural aversion to snow, what with the shiny tile surface and heat reflected from an absorption fabric below the tile.  The tiles are UV resistant and last longer than conventional clay or concrete roof tiles.




Credits: SolTech Energy.