Photovoltaic and aesthetic do not have to be at odds. With this principle as key, the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) has just launched its latest innovation: the integration of high-definition photographs in solar panels. This idea with a high artistic component has been baptized as Kaleo-Solar and is suitable for urban use, for example as an advertising medium, or for installation on the facades of homes and commercial premises.
Images that capture a dreamy look, a mischievous gesture or a radiant smile is all that is seen (which is not little) of this new solar technology based on illustrated panels. Thus, this innovation not only takes a further step in the exploration of more aesthetic solar energy systems, but also immerses itself fully in the world of art that, in this case, captures the attention of pedestrians while capturing energy from of the sun.
These panels have been seen for the first time in an exhibition organized at the central offices of the Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise in the city of Neuchâtel. There were exhibited up to six high definition ‘photovoltaic’ photographs taken by the photographer Guillaume Perret who, together with three panels, completed an installation that was producing energy during the duration of the exhibition.
Although this artistic demonstration was chosen for its debut, the panels created by the CSEM can display the image that is considered, with the only requirement that it allows enough light to enter so that the panel can produce energy. The promoters assure that a Kaleo-Solar installation of between 30 and 40 square meters would be enough to provide energy to a house in which four people reside.
The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology sees in this technology that makes solar panels invisible a promising alternative for the field of architecture, in which the integration of solar photovoltaic systems is increasingly being sought. In addition to their potential uses for this land, these panels hidden behind photographs could replace the traditional supports of the advertising posters that fill the streets of large cities, fulfilling the same function but, at the same time, producing absolutely clean energy.
More information at CSEM.