Rooftop solar power station BASF – SMART Mercedes Benz
Location: IAA Frankfurt - Germany • Architects: K Arch Stuttgart PV area: 200 m2 Product used: Konarka

Futuristic urban energy generating transparent and flexible sun shading structure

For the first time, BASF is presenting a concept together with smart and Konarka, such as polymer solar cells aesthetically pleasing in the architecture can be used, and thus a concept for the urban energy production. The construction is the entrance to the smart urban stage, an exhibition series on the topic "Future of the City", which focuses on the smart future minds award. The prototype of the construction is an arch with a clear opening of about five meters and a width of almost four meters, which adapts to the futuristic design of the smart urban stage.
BASF has with Sepiolid P200® developed a semiconducting polymer that absorbs light in the modules of the Solar Gate and solar power generated. The advantages of organic semiconductor technology: the corresponding solar modules can be very thin, be made flexible and even semitransparent. They also deliver in diffused light and unfavorable irradiation high yields. These properties make them ideal for the Integration into buildings, even in curved areas and facades that are not south aligned or in clamping constructions.

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BIPV Rooftop with thin film flexible modules

Built for GM Europe in Zaragoza
General Motors Location: Zaragoza - Spain Project Engineers & owner: Veolia Environment PV area: 180.000 m2 Installed capacity: 85.000 modules (11,8 MW nominal power) Product used: Uni Solar PVL laminates

World's Largest Rooftop Solar Power Station Being Built for GM Europe in Zaragoza

The GM rooftop power station is owned and operated by a joint-venture comprised of Veolia Environnement, Clairvoyant Energy and the Government of Aragon.
The annual output from the photovoltaic solar power station at Figueruelas near Zaragoza (around 15,1 million kWh) is sufficient to meet the demand of 4.600 households with an average annual consumption of 3.300 kWh.
The rooftop power station feeds electric current into the local grid of Red Electrica and sells the energy to Endesa.
The massive solar array consists of 85.000 lightweight solar modules with an active photovoltaic surface area of 183.000 square meters and provide for an annual reduction in CO2-emissions of 6.7 thousand tons.
The solar power station on the roof of the Zaragoza plant is the third one on GM facilities worldwide. "GM's Zaragoza plant is home of one of the biggest rooftop solar power stations worldwide. This has significant potential to reduce costs at the plant, and may help to evaluate the results of the Zaragoza rooftop power station for possible similar energy projects at GM Europe's 11 assembly plants and eight component plants.
This operation is a perfect illustration of the ability to accompany industrial customers in their ambitious projects, while developing precious expertise in the solar energy field. It demonstrates that environmentally friendly solutions can be economically viable for customers.

In order to answer customer requirements as well as to reduce installation costs, the project used: Uni-Solar laminates and Velcro hook-and-loop panel attachment system. The main requirements were: to be removable, lightweight, able to withstand hurricane type force winds and no roof penetrations.
Through this project research and development efforts and gained experience are leading to more innovation and lower cost solutions for future projects.
For the government of Aragon the rooftop solar power station is an important pilot project towards the large scale use of solar energy.

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PV ventilated glass - glass facade

Alzheimer Center Queen Sofia
Location: Madrid - Spain Architects: Lamela Building area 14.000 m2 Glass PV façade Area 320 m2 Product used: Schüco ProSol Installer: Abasol

Health Center "Reina Sofia" for Alzheimer's patients, Madrid

The "Reina Sofía" Health Center for Alzheimer's patients is a national reference center for Alzheimer's research, education and treatment.
It is a project of the architectural firm Lamela Arquitectos, which consists of several buildings: a hospital, a day center for the treatment of the sick and two buildings dedicated to teaching and researching this disease. It occupies a total built area of 18,500 m2.
In the highest building, the research center, is located the photovoltaic façade, built with 400 photovoltaic panels on slats, integrated as a second skin, providing to the building two advantages: solar and thermal protection.
Three different types of slats were used to achieve maximum architectural integration on the building envelope. The photovoltaic elements are integrated into the sun protection elements. The installed photovoltaic power is 19.92 kWp.
The photovoltaic slats are a result of the lamination of silicon-monocrystalline photovoltaic cells into two sheets of transparent glass. These 400 glass-glass photovoltaic slats are integrated into 25 rows on the southeast and southwest façades.
The support structure is manufactured using aluminum profiles and is separated from the main facades with a distance of 80 cm forming a second skin to the building.
The angle of inclination of the slats is 60º, and the distance between the rows of slats is 45 cm, This was done in order to minimize the losses due to possible shading.

The project has been designed according to an environmental strategy that includes the conditions of the plot, the enclosures, the interior environmental quality, the efficient use of water, energy, and the incorporation of solar thermal and photovoltaic energy systems.
The energy produced by the building is sold to the local energy utility.

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Solar Thermal

Integration of high-end solar thermal modules for diverse buildings

Applying high quality thermal products in different parts of the building envelope with best results

Private homes, commercial buildings Location: Spain and Germany Product used: Schüco

Approximately one third of final energy consumption in Europe is the result of the use of domestic hot water (DHW) and heating in buildings.
Conserving energy and using renewable energy in this sector can mean enormous cost savings, as well as an effective way to help slow down climate change.
The total global capacity of solar collectors operating at the end of 2015 exceeds 630 million m2. Most of it installed in China (70%) and in Europe (12%)
The design of large solar thermal systems can not be standardized. Each system must be developed individually taking into account the circumstances and the needs of the user.

The use of solar thermal energy has spread rapidly in recent years. In Europe at the end of 2014 the total amount of solar systems installed had a size of 45 million m2 of collector area.
With a growth of 3 million m2 that year. This impressive figure shows that technology has evolved and continues to establish itself in the global energy generation market.

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