Tesla’s Patent for Making Solar Shingles Stick Together, Explained

By [email protected] One of the biggest questions facing Tesla’s new Solar Roof product is how it will overcome the technical and cost-effectiveness challenges that have prevented other building-integrated photovoltaic contenders from breaking into the rooftop solar market.

This week, Tesla was granted a patent that could help answer some of those questions. The patent, first reported by CB Insights, is for a “method for curing conductive paste applied to two adjacent photovoltaic structures” — i.e., solar cells arranged in a “cascading” or overlapping structure, just like Tesla’s Solar Roof.

While it’s not clear if Tesla is using the methods described in the

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