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The Power of Incremental Gains

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Prior to entering the corporate world, I was lucky enough to represent Canada at the international level as a cyclist. Anyone involved in cycling knows of Team Sky and their dedication to the philosophy of incremental gains to create a team that simply wins big bike races. Competing against Team Sky at the Commonwealth Games, I had a first hand look at how the concept of incremental gains can make a huge difference on the road cycling, and in other areas as well.

Essentially, the philosophy of incremental gains emphasizes taking a base line that exists and is quantifiable, and then making small improvements until you realize a breakthrough in results.

The Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) market is filled with big innovations. Both the Tesla Solar Roof tile and the RGS Powerhouse shingle have some very exciting developments. The building industry, though, is very slow to change and innovation can cause resistance to adapting new tech.

With the Ergosun Integrated Solar Roof Tile, we have used technology and methods that were created with the building industry in mind:

  1. Simple connectors allow us to build arrays of solar roof tiles around roof fixtures like vents and chimneys. Competing products require continuous uninterrupted roof space that architects and builders typically don’t allow for.

  2. Standard materials make the Ergosun Integrated Solar Roof Tile broadly available and economical. By solarizing a standard concrete roof tile, we enable builders to pick up this product and install it quickly and easily. We hear continuously from builders that installing such a simple solution was easy for them.

  3. Solving small problems enables us to outperform traditional solar products. Light reflecting back from glass solar panels reduces power output. Just get rid of the glass!

No individual piece of technology developed for the Ergosun Integrated Solar Roof Tile attempted to swing for the fences in its advancement. What we did is achieve breakthrough performance through incremental gains.

-Paul Henderson, CEO, Ergosun

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