An installation this week in Dresden, Germany, has shown what can be achieved with Building Integrated OPV
Claiming to be the world leading company in the production and commercialisation of organic solar film, Heliatek, has had the largest Building Integrated OPV (BIOPV) installation of its kind.
The HeliaFilms were installed in the company’s Dresden headquarters. They were laminated into glass by AGC Glass Europe, the European branch of AGC (the world’s largest producer of flat glass) and a long term strategic business partner of Heliatek.
The headquarter of the company in Dresden, Germany, was chosen for installing the first HeliaFilm glass facade on an east facing facade in order to demonstrate the superior harvesting factor under what was reported as less than ideal mounting conditions that often occur in BIPV applications.
A sophisticated data logging system tracks the films’ and ambient temperatures, the intensity of the solar irradiation as well as the power generated. It will be directly consumed by Heliatek to power office illumination throughout the year.
“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,” explained Frederic Bonnefoy, Product Manager, Active Glass, AGC Glass Europe. “Its superior low light sensitivity and excellent high temperature performance makes it the material of choice for a number of BIPV applications.”
Caption The installation at Heliatek’s Dresden headquarters.