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ENERGY EFFICIENCY, ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABILITY: FEATURES OF THE COVERSUN PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM
The Coversun system has two major objectives: to make buildings more energy-efficient, and more capable of reducing their emission of atmospheric pollutants. In addition, the system provides a highly aesthetic solution, while also ensuring users gain maximum output from the photovoltaic installation. The Coversun concept, patented by the ‚ÄúGruppo Industriale Cappello Alluminio‚ÄĚ of Ragusa (www.cappelloalluminio.it), involves the creation of modular coverings with a variety of functions. The system can therefore either be used as a substitute for pre-existing factory roofing, or can be integrated into the construction of brand new units.
One of the special features of Coversun is that the system not only generates electricity but also acts to protect the building concerned from damaging atmospheric agents. This is achieved by an innovative use of aluminium sections and hermetically-sealed joints, conceived, designed and manufactured by the Group‚Äôs expert technical personnel. In practical terms, Coversun is a patented modular roofing system made up of aluminium and steel sections, designed to incorporate Micron photovoltaic modules into factories, workshops or commercial premises. The system involves the use of prefabricated elements and a special type of roofing beam. The cables and electrical parts of the photovoltaic installation are housed inside the building, ensuring that maintenance work is both safe and easy.
The Coversun structure makes it possible to change the internal and external aspects of the environments in which it is installed, making them much brighter and more welcoming, thanks to the inclusion of large windows and the white chequered texture on the back of the Micron photovoltaic modules. The system is also designed to be aesthetically pleasing, as a wide range of colour finishes can be applied to the aluminium structure. Another interesting aspect indicating the attention to detail which went into the original design is the commitment to solve the very common problem of birds entering industrial buildings. The answer, in this case, is a special clamp system incorporated into the aluminium sections and seals positioned along the Y-shaped beams of the factory and used for anchoring the Coversun structure. The device effectively prevents any birds from entering the building. The windows, which incorporate a motorized ventilation system, can also be fitted with special metal grills to prevent the entry of birds or other foreign bodies. This special feature makes Coversun particularly suitable for use in food production units, where it is vital to maintain an uncontaminated environment.
In addition to installation on new premises, Coversun also provides an excellent solution to the problem of upgrading particular types of industrial roofing made of asbestos or other materials dangerous to health. Up to now, reclamation efforts have been restricted to substituting these materials with other types of roofing, incurring considerable expense for companies. Now, however, Coversun can offer a more complete solution: a system which is both environmentally sustainable and offers guaranteed efficiency in financial terms.