Kaneka Energy Insights

Photovoltaics and Efficiency

Solar cell efficiency is a reference to how much sunlight is converted into electricity. Photovoltaics are what foster this conversion. Let’s discuss how the process works and why photovoltaics are so efficient. How Photovoltaics Work Photovoltaics (PV) are the building blocks of solar panels. The photovoltaic effect is a process that involves a PV cell […]

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Solar Reflectance Index Testing: Best Practices

It’s important to understand the solar reflectance index when selecting roofing materials to lower energy cooling costs. First, let’s discuss solar reflectance index testing and the best practices for determining your ideal roof technology.        Solar Reflectance Index, Defined The most effective way to measure cool roof efficiency is by calculating its solar reflectance index (SRI). […]

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BIPV Solutions: 3 To Consider for Your Building

If you’re looking to incorporate effective building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) in your building, researching the different BIPV options available to you is paramount. Let’s discuss three to consider for your building.    What Is BIPV? BIPV systems are incorporated into the building’s exterior as key elements. They serve a dual purpose for commercial buildings: energy generation and […]

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What Is a Cool Roof & How Does it Work? | Everything You Need To Know

It’s easier than you might think to make a meaningful contribution to your city’s green initiatives. So, if you’re looking for a way to cut your carbon footprint as well as your monthly expenses, consider the benefits of a commercial cool roof system. What Is a Cool Roof? A cool roof is a commercial roofing […]

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What Is Low-E Glass & How Does it Work? | Pros & Cons of Low-E Glass

Did you know that up to 70% of energy loss in buildings occurs via windows and doors—and that most of it happens through the glass? Whenever you’re considering installing new windows or doors in your commercial space, there is a lot more to think about than just aesthetics. The types of materials you choose can […]

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What Is a LEED Project? Everything You Need To Know About LEED Buildings

Industry players cannot ignore the increasing demand for green buildings because of their several benefits. As a result, they strive to ensure their projects are LEED-certified. In this article, we will explore what it means to be LEED-certified, and the numerous benefits it offers. What is LEED? The US Green Building Council (USGBC), a not-for-profit […]

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Low-E vs. Insulated Glass, Double Pane, and Double Glazing

Energy-efficient glass is an incredibly important consideration when it comes to both new and existing homes. Surprisingly, heat loss and heat gain through windows are responsible for close to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.  However, low-E-coated, double-pane windows and doors can offer a solution to this problem. In this article, we will […]

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What Is Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of Materials?

Most professionals in the roofing industry can agree that SRI is the key to picking the right cool roof. An ideal cool roof has an impressive combination of both high emissivity and high reflectivity. But just how high is high enough to be sufficient? And which combination of these two values will yield the most […]

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What Is Heterojunction Technology (HJT) in the Solar Industry?

Even after all these years, scientists and engineers are still finding new ways to squeeze more and more electricity out of sunlight. Heterojunction solar cells are one of the newest technologies in the consumer solar panels market. As a business owner searching for effective building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) to incorporate in your building, it can […]

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