Renewables

Organic PV integrated into Heliatek HQ

30th October 2014
Nat Bowers

 

Heliatek has announced what the company claims is the largest BIOPV (Building Integrated Organic PhotoVoltaics) installation of its kind. Installed in Heliatek's Dresden headquarters, the HeliaFilms were laminated into glass by AGC Glass Europe.

The HeliaFilm was installed on an East facing side of the company's HQ to demonstrate the superior harvesting factor under less-than-ideal mounting conditions that often occur in BIPV applications. The solar power generated will be consumed directly by Heliatek to power office illumination throughout the year. A sophisticated data logging system has also been installed to tracks the films' and ambient temperatures, the intensity of the solar irradiation and the power generated.

"Heliatek's solar film is the ideal solution for BIPV. The durability of HeliaFilm and its superior harvesting factor make it the film of choice for a number of building and construction material companies. We are proud to advance together with our strategic partner AGC Glass Europe on this path to a modern sustainable building envelope," commented Thibaud le Seguillon, CEO of Heliatek.

Frederic Bonnefoy, Product Manager Active Glass, AGC Glass Europe, added: "Organic PV is much less energy intensive to manufacture compared with crystalline silicon and HeliaFilm is ideally suited for glass curtain walls of all kinds. Its superior low light sensitivity and excellent high temperature performance makes it the material of choice for a number of BIPV applications."

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