Uni-Solar PV Panels On Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

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Auburn Hills-based United Solar, a subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices (Nasdaq: ENER), announced that its Uni-Solar thin, flexible photovoltaic panels have been installed on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship.

Royal Caribbean launched the Allure of the Seas Dec. 5 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with Uni-Solar laminates installed by BAM Solar of Miami providing electricity for the ship’s shopping district.

“Uni-Solar laminates were the only solution that works for such a unique solar application like this,” said Andrew Rasken, president of BAM Solar. “We needed lightweight. We needed a solar product that doesn’t require surface penetrations, one durable enough that people can walk on, and that will stand up to the rigors of the harsh elements of being at sea. Uno-Solar’s product versatility, flexibility and numerous unique characteristics of the laminates were the perfect solution for this exclusive and fun application – one which BAM Solar is honored to have been selected to design, manage and install.”

This project is BAM Solar’s second installation of Uni-Solar laminates on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

“The first Oasis-class ship, Oasis of the Seas, has had such positive feedback for using solar that we knew we had to do it again with our Oasis’ sister ship, Allure of the Seas,” said Rasmus Norling, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Manager of research and development, environmental technologies and environmental stewardship. “Royal Caribbean is devoted to environmental protection and is the industry leader in our commitment to energy sustainability. Solar is one part of that mission.”

Added Mark Morelli, president and CEO of ECD: “United Solar has exciting new product developments in both commercial and residential solar. The use of our laminates on cruise ships is just one more application that has proven to be a great fit for our flexible, light weight, durable product.”

BAM Solar designs, creates, installs, monitors and provides maintenance for solar energy for commercial businesses, offering the ability to obtain renewable energy in a cost-effective and efficient manner. It has created and serves a comprehensive and far reaching customer base, currently engaged in completing projects throughout the United States and abroad. BAM actively works with business owners, developers and management companies of office buildings, strip malls, restaurants, automobile dealerships, shipping lines and shopping centers in Finland, Haiti, New Jersey and Florida.

Energy Conversion Devices manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight to energy using proprietary technology. The products are unique because of their flexibility, light weight, ease of installation, durability, and real-world efficiency. The company also designs, manufactures and installs rooftop photovoltaic systems, which enable customers to transform unused space on the rooftop into a value-generating asset. In addition, ECD’s Ovonic Materials Division is the pioneer in NiMH battery technology, and is developing low cost fuel cells, hydrogen production from bioreformation, and hydrogen storage technologies.

More at www.energyconversiondevices.com.

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