Pvilion’s roots go back more than 20 years when Dalland and Lerner developed the first photovoltaic tent. That tent was easy to deploy, flexible and self-powered. It soon piqued the attention of the military, which led to research and development funding from the U.S. Army.Continue Reading →
FTL Design Engineering was started by Dalland and engineer brother Ross Dalland, and joined by Nicholas Goldsmith, Denis Hector, and Lerner. The founding principals of Buro Happold provided mentoring and engineering and the NYC office operated as FTL/Happold, PC from 1992-1997. With staff of 25, FTL specialized in fabric tensile structures and helped pioneer design, construction and installation techniques for this emerging technology. Cumulative sales by clients of FTL’s licensed product designs is currently approaching $3B.
Dalland and Lerner created FTL Solar, and were joined by first investor and CEO Tony Saxton, and Touhey. The company focused on the design and manufacture of deployable, temporary, standardized solar products from commercial and military users.
Pvilion is a vertically integrated design, manufacturing, and installation company specializing in the integration of flexible solar panels with flexible construction materials. Pvilion was incorporated in July 2011 as an independent spin-off of FTL Solar.
Military deployments during this time further increased product demand as forward operating bases needed to be setup quickly in places where there was no grid and the supply and maintenance of traditional power generators presented significant logistical challenges.
At the same time, mobile device usage, cell phones, laptops, handheld computers, was taking off. The mobile nature of these devices meant they often needed to be powered where access to a traditional power grid was not available.
To meet this need, Pvilion developed the Solar Sail, a small solar canopy that resembles a sail, hence the name, which can be easily deployed in public spaces and at outdoor gatherings, e.g., sporting events, concerts, parks, weddings, etc.
Concern for the environment also came into play as solar power’s proven advantage over fossil fuels is that its use leaves no carbon footprint. As a result, environmentally conscious corporations and public entities began installing Pvilion’s solar power canopy structures to meet both short and long-term sustainability goals while avoiding the costs, environmental damage, and time associated with erecting and running permanent structures tied into the local power grid.