Quick Facts

  • The Desert Rose has a net positive energy consumption
  • There are 104 Tractile solar tiles on the Desert Rose.
  • Each panel generates 100Wp, totalling 10.4kWp (kilowatt peak) for the entire roof.
  • Monocrystalline panels.
  • Roof Angle: 10 degrees
  • Module Efficiency: Approximately 20%
  • Weight:19.56kg/tile (no water in tile)
  • Estimated Best Case Generation – One Day: 58.51kWh
  • Estimated Average Generation – One Day: 52.07kWh
  • Estimated Worst Case Generation – One Day: 45.78kWh
  • Tractile is an Australian company and the tiles are manufactured in Malaysia.
Dan Simpson Tractile- Desert Rose House
Team UOW Solar Panels

These tiles are Building Integrated Photovoltaic Thermal tiles (BIPV-T). Building Integrated means that the solar panels replace standard roofing materials on the south facing roof (south whilst in Dubai), this is different from standard solar panels which are installed on top of your conventional roof. Not only do these tiles generate electricity, but due to their thermal capabilities they also generate hot water through piping that flows through the panels. This also has the added advantage off cooling down the solar cells which increases their efficiency by up to 10%.

Our BIPVT system results in a net positive energy house meaning that over the course of a year the Desert Rose will generate more electricity than it will consume.

Using the average of the 3 year historical weather data of the competition site, the estimated average production of the 10.4 kW solar PV system is 52.07 kWh/day (19,005 kWh/year). The estimated consumption of the house is 38.15 kWh/day (13,294 kWh/year). Even considering the worst case weather conditions, the BIPV-T system will still generate on average 45.78 kWh per day, covering 100% of the household.