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Compact, Low-impact, No tract
Graham Hill, founder of the sustainability-focused media outlet TreeHugger and two-time TED presenter, launched a new compact, off-grid, low-impact showcase house in Maui on a shared lot.

The project – LifeEdited Maui – aims to spread the concept of living big in a small house He’s providing a glimpse of what life can look like in a sharing community with a multi-functional, beautiful and sustainable house.

The idea, Hill says, is that through smart design, technology and maybe a little behavior change, we can all create “smaller” and most importantly happier lives, all while saving money and reducing our environmental footprint.

The Maui project also provides an opportunity for clean lifestyle brands to show off their most innovative products. The star of the show is Sunflare solar, which provided 9kW of its lightweight, thin solar power for the standing seam metal roof on the 1,000 square foot home.

Sunflare’s panels were chosen because of their eco-friendly, energy-efficient manufacturing process and thin, flexible lightweight design. Sunflare manufacturing uses a scant 20% of the energy that silicon panels use from birth through transport to an installation site. The manufacturing process uses very little water, and that which is used is clean and can be reused. The spent materials are recycled. And the Sunflare panels don’t use glass, don’t need aluminum racking, and are just one quarter of the weight of a silicon panel all by themselves. They are the greenest solar by far.

“We’re excited to work with Sunflare – it’s just a beautiful fit,” said Hill. “Sunflare has the cleanest environmental footprint of any of the solar panels out there. As a global citizen that’s the most important. And it’s thin, so it nestles right into the standing seam roof, so from an aesthetic point of view it’s great. Totally invisible. Installation is super easy too. It’s held secure with roofing adhesive. Genius.”

LifeEdited worked with the home’s metal roof manufacturer to pick a color that is very close, if not identical, to the color of the Sunflare panels so that the panels can “disappear” into the roof.

Philip Gao has followed Graham’s work. “I’ve been interested in what LifeEdited has been doing with space and aesthetics, and overall sustainability. To be working with them is fantastic.”

The panels work well in low light.  The day the Sunflare team was there, the house had just hosted 4 days of a full house with hot showers and all. The battery was down to 12%, and Graham look a little worried, as the day was rainy. But by the time we finished taping a conversation with him, the battery had reached 25%.

The prototype home produces more energy and water than it consumes and incorporates innovative technologies and life-sustaining architectural designs. In addition to the solar power, he has included composting toilets and water catchment.

The home has four bedrooms, sleeps eight and can accommodate 20 for dinner.

A nascent fruit orchard surrounds the house, and as it grows will add to the overall sustainability.

“We’re trying to make a really great house that has the functionality of a house much larger than it is and one that is extremely green,” said Hill. “This isn’t about sacrifice. We are creating a very compelling way to live in a paradise.

”And for Sunflare whose mission is about changing the world through CO2 reduction and energy production, this was a truly natural partnership.
For more information please contact:

Laura Baumgartner
lbaumgartner@asylumpr.com
Total Recharge.
Vistabule Teardrop Trailer Solar Powered by Sunflare
Remove yourself from daily stress and recharge your life in a Vistabule teardrop trailer with roof-integrated solar energy. Now you can find peace way off the grid and still have a piece of home. Lights? Fan? Phone? Computer? Camera? Refrigerator? Heater? Not to mention the snuggly bed and a kitchen that would make most New Yorkers envious.

The design of the Vistabule Teardrop trailer harkens back to the 1950’s, but the amenities are oh, so new – starting with built-in solar panels.

Outdoor adventurists can have flexible solar panels built into the roof, capturing solar energy throughout the day. That makes it easier to power your stuff, so once you are ready to lift your kicks as evening falls, all you have to do is open the wine.

The optional, customized panels are flexible and bend with the curve of the trailer’s roof to keep the Vistabule’s beautiful design line highly refined.

Unlike traditional silicon panels, Sunflare’s solar panels are thin and lightweight, adding no drag and virtually no poundage to the trailer. So “going solar” won’t slow you down.

The other amenities also leave the 50’s in the dust. Vistabule features several large windows, a full-size sofa bed, interior and exterior lights, a two-burner cooktop, a sink with running water and a remote fan, as well as storage space for all your gear.

The camper even has a collapsible coffee table and drop-down nightstand tables. The trailer itself is light and can be towed by almost any car. 

Bert Taylor CEO Minnesota Teardrop Trailers, manufacturer of the Vistabule. “When we first started our business, we wanted to make a camping trailer that was beautiful, energy-efficient and would easily blend technology with human comfort. Adding Sunflare solar collection panels to our Vistabule trailers substantially lengthens the time campers can be off the grid, and greatly enhances the entire camping experience.”

Sunflare modules can charge 2 cells phones fully, run the lights, a fan, charge a computer to 30%, run the fridge, and the heater for 3 hours a day, for 2 1/2 rainy days straight. After that, you probably want to pick up and drive somewhere to recharge your battery, and find another beautiful vista, a new point of view, or an off-the-beaten path fishing hole. Have sun? You are good until the cows come home. Or you do.

“We’ve worked with Minnesota Teardrop to make it easy to factory-install the Sunflare modules on your spanking new trailer or have them retrofitted to your current gem”, said Philip Gao, CEO of Sunflare. “We want to be flexible.”

Just like the panels.

Battery Options
Quote from the road
Beth and Mike Miller took a Vistabule trip to Canada:
“Having solar, propane and a Zodi portable hot water shower meant being completely self-contained and comfortable! Pulled in at the same time as a pair of 5th wheel trailers.  We were set up in ten minutes; it took them three hours.”
For more information please contact:

Elizabeth Sanderson
elizabeth@sunflaresolar.com
A Bigger Life; A Smaller Space.
Graham Hill, founder of the sustainability-focused media outlet TreeHugger and two-time TED presenter, launched a new compact, off-grid, show casing low-impact housing in Maui. 

The project – LifeEdited Maui – aims to spread the concept of living big in a small house He’s providing a glimpse of what life can look like in a multi-functional, beautiful and sustainable house.

The idea, Hill says, is that through smart design, technology and maybe a little behavior change, we can all create “smaller” and most importantly happier lives, all while saving money and reducing our environmental footprint. 

The Maui project also provides an opportunity for clean lifestyle brands to show off their most innovative products. This includes Sunflare solar, which provided 9kW of its lightweight, thin solar panels for the standing seam metal roof on the 1,000 square foot home. 

Sunflare’s panels were chosen because of their eco-friendly, energy-efficient manufacturing process and thin, flexible lightweight design. Sunflare manufacturing uses 20% of the energy that silicon panels use, so they are the greenest solar.

“We’re excited to work with Sunflare – it’s just a beautiful fit,” said Hill. “Sunflare has the cleanest environmental footprint of any of the solar panels out there. As a citizen that’s the most important. And it’s thin, so it nestles right into the standing seam roof, so from an aesthetic point of view it’s great. Totally invisible. Installation is super easy too. It’s held secure with roofing adhesive. Genius.”

LifeEdited worked with the home’s metal roof manufacturer to pick a color that is very close, if not identical, to the color of the Sunflare panels so that the panels can “disappear” into the roof. 

Philip Gao has followed Graham’s work. “I’ve been interested in what LifeEdited has been doing with space and aesthetics, and overall sustainability. To be working with them is fabulous.”

The prototype home produces more energy and water than it consumes and incorporates innovative technologies and life-sustaining architectural designs. In addition to the solar power, he has included composting toilets and water catchment.

The home will have four bedrooms, sleep eight and can accommodate 20 for dinner. 

A nascent fruit orchard surround the house, and as it grows will add to the overall sustainability. 

“We’re trying to make a really great house that has the functionality of a house much larger than it is and one that is extremely green,” said Hill. “This isn’t about sacrifice. We are creating a very compelling way to live.”
For more information please contact:

Laura Baumgartner
lbaumgartner@asylumpr.com
IEC Approval Brings Sunshine To Sweden
After a combined 18 years of relentlessly pursuing the perfect CIGS solar technology, Sunflare and their European Research & Development arm, Midsummer, have received IEC certification on their SUN2 solar panels. IEC is the leading certification organization that prepares and publishes the International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.   

The Sunflare/Midsummer team is the first organization to successfully mass-produce precise, flexible, light, affordable CIGS solar panels. They have totally reengineered the manufacturing of CIGS panels with their Capture4 technology.

Philip Gao, Sunflare’s CEO said, “The science was mostly there for CIGS. What was required was innovative equipment matched with a precise formulation of the cells. Capture4 is a cell-by-cell manufacturing process with the highest degree of precision and the cleanest environmental footprint.  This allows us to do what no manufacturer of CIGS thin film has done before—mass-produce efficient, flexible solar panels.”

Part of that precision comes from a high degree of monitoring system. Each cell has a QR code that records the exact conditions of every manufacturing step for uniform quality.

When asked what took the industry so long, Gao replied, “It’s a classic case of getting the right hardware and software together.”

Sunflare provided a finely-honed formulation and worked tirelessly with their innovative equipment partner to create the proprietary manufacturing process. The resulting system is a compact, fully automatic deposition system for CIGS solar cell manufacturing. It’s designed for high throughput, operational stability, optimized layer uniformity and superior material utilization.

“We have shown that we are the leading provider of turnkey production lines of flexible thin film CIGS,” said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer. “Our focus on lightweight flexible modules appeals to the market, as well as our use of sputtering for all layers, and that the production process is environmentally superior to silicon and other thin film productions.”

The collective Sunflare team says that they are motivated by the vision of making renewable, solar energy available and affordable to all--from a village in Africa that has never had access to electricity to the buildings in the largest urban cities. Gao said, “Ultimately, there should not be a roof or car built without solar. Our vision is that everything built under the sun is powered by the sun.”

Shown below:
Capture4 covers the sports arena "Vikingahallen" (the Viking's hall) and is in the city of Sigtuna, north of Stockholm. The building is divided into two full-size halls, an A-hall 20 X 40 Meters and armor that takes about 600 people and a B-hall hall 20 x 40 meters used for training.
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