February 2022 | Solar Innovation: Steel Module Frames from Origami Solar

Feb 15, 2022

We are excited to deliver the next innovation in solar

Solar has come a long way in the last twenty years. And innovation has driven cost savings across the entire solar ecosystem, except the module frame. Aluminum module frame costs have not declined over the last 20 years and now represent a much needed opportunity for cost reduction and innovation.

Origami Solar is doing something about the module frame and we invite you to learn more about how steel is the answer to cut costs, dramatically lower GHG emissions, and address supply chain issues. While you’re here, take a look at how US Department of Energy is supporting this important innovation.

Read on and reach out with questions.

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How steel can cut solar costs, emissions, and set the solar supply chain free

Over the last 20 years, as the cost of other module components have come down dramatically, there has been little change in the cost or capability of the aluminum module frame, now a significant chunk of the module cost. Add in the environmental impacts from aluminum manufacturing, and it is clear that steel is the new answer to solar module frames.

Read our first blog post to understand just how steel can achieve cost and emission reductions.

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Origami Solar advances to the semi-final round of the DoE’s American-Made Solar Prize

Origami Solar’s winning innovation is the Origami Folded Frame™, a roll-formed steel frame that is lower in material cost and significantly reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts from production; requires less time to make and can be sourced through U.S.-based and other local or regional supply chains; and improves domestic energy supply and security. The new frame is readily manufacturable and will meet all IEC and UL standards.

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Learn more about Origami Solar by downloading our company overview.