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Date:4/26/2010

ilicon cells the team developed. The researchers needed to know how thin the panelling could be, how the solar cells reacted to sunlight, how well they resisted the elements like wind and rain and how much energy they lost at different angles, if the cells were not all totally exposed to the sun. "One of the hard parts was testing the product on all kinds of inclinations," says Ruiz.

Meticulous trials and analysis of the databases eventually paid off the team found a film developed which was just 6mm thick could even be used on vertical surfaces and would lose only about 8 percent of the energy captured from the sun. The pair called this all-in-one roof insulation, waterproofing and solar-panelling Evalon Solar.

Intemper and the other company participating in the project are already selling it in their home markets and have their sights set on expansion as all countries seek to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and increase the energy generated through renewables. Intemper has signed contracts in Portugal and is now looking at Latin America, starting with Chile and Colombia.

A DESIGNER'S DREAM

Evalon Solar is a hit, particularly with architects looking to include solar panelling on buildings without cluttering up simple roofs or spoiling unusual or effective shapes. "We've got another 46 architects coming to look round our site tomorrow," says Ruiz.

"Architects tell us it looks even better when they see it for themselves on buildings than it does in our photographs."

The new product happily increased the pair's markets, giving them an edge as the industry battled the global downturn and a change in solar subsidies in Spain. "We would have done even better without the crisis and the regulation, but we've managed to get a bigger slice of a smaller cake," says Ruiz.

Intemper has sold Evalon Solar to customers, large and small, for residential and business premises. Although now the product is a clear
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Contact: Piotr Pogorzelski
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