Equipping your home with solar panels, but not at the cost of aesthetics, is an upward trend to which the market begins to offer answers. Among them are innovative ultra-thin photovoltaic panels for integration into the facades of newly built or renovated buildings, or a new system capable of holding up to four panels for installation outside any building or home.
A group of researchers studied the advantages of installing integrated solar systems on existing roofs and facades. The integrated photovoltaic would allow to achieve an energy autonomy of up to 87%.
Photovoltaic energy integrated into roofs and facades could produce more than 50% of current electricity demand. A large group of experts from Germany and Switzerland supports the benefits of the mass deployment of solar buildings. The team is now working to respond to the main criticisms of these types of plants, namely the economic unsustainability and the lack of aesthetic continuity with the landscape. On the basis of a series of case studies and a study of solar buildings, the researchers from the EPF Lausanne, the University of St. Gallen, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne and the School of Engineering and Architecture of Freiburg have shown that these judgments are totally unfounded.
“ Thanks to new production processes, photovoltaic energy integrated into buildings has become an innovative and attractive building material in urban and rural areas. The enormous variety of colors, textures and formats available today makes possible the flexible integration of modules in roofs and facades – explains Emmanuel Rey, EPF – this applies to all types of buildings and renovation projects, from farms to skyscrapers, from small maintenance work until complete renovation . “
1. Solar awning.
2. Ultrathin panels for facades.
3. Photovoltaic solar panels integrated in ceramic tiles.
4. The Solar Blind. Solar blinds.
5. Material that can cool without consuming energy.
6. Roof with integrated Tesla / SolarCity solar cells.
7. Solar cells “invisible” to sight.
8. Solar windows.
9. SolarSkin. Solar panels that change color.
10. Solar photovoltaic tiles.
11. Imitation solar panel: Photovoltaic blackboard.
This last option comes from Swedish Solar, a Florida company that has launched this alternative for those who lack roofs or adequate spaces for the installation of panels or, also, for those who are reluctant to give up their terraces because they want to take advantage of that space or because, aesthetically, they are not convinced by conventional installations.
In response, the engineering team of this firm has developed aluminum and stainless steel frames to hold between one and four panels. In addition to the aesthetic and space advantages that this idea provides, its drivers highlight its potential for use as a blind since, depending on the place where it is installed, it can stop the entry of sunlight into the home and mitigate the derived heat. from prolonged exposure to the sun. On the other hand, these systems that incorporate a remote control device give great freedom to adjust the angle of the panels, which impacts on better energy capture.
Prosol TF: ultra-thin panels for facades.
In parallel, and with the focus once again on the facades of buildings, the company Schüco has just presented ProSol TF, a proposal that also focuses on aesthetics to offer thin-film modules that are integrated into facades of any type of property to capture, through them, solar energy for the building, with a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50,000 tons per year.
As with the Florida company’s proposal, ProSol TF offers more benefits. Thus, in addition to capturing energy for the building, these large silicon panels reinforce the protection of homes against inclement weather and also operate as acoustic and thermal insulators.
This solution can be incorporated into facades of buildings to be renovated or modernized to make them more energy efficient, as well as in new construction sites. Furthermore, Schüco panels stand out for their integration into facades, for their safety and for respecting the requirements of the building envelope.
Photovoltaic solar panels integrated in ceramic tiles.
The Dutch company ZEP BV, which has developed photovoltaic solar panels integrated into ceramic tiles.
The Solar Blind. Solar blinds.
The Solar Blind is capable of harnessing the sun’s energy to obtain electricity. The solar cells will adhere to each of the blind slats. The blinds thus become a receptor capable of storing the sun’s energy and converting it into electrical energy.
Material that can cool without consuming energy.
Just 10-20 square meters of this material on the roof could cool a single family home in summer.
Roof with integrated Tesla / SolarCity solar cells .
Unlike traditional roof-mounted solar panels, this new solar roof is an integrated system that eliminates the need for separate solar panels. The photovoltaic cells fit right into the roof giving an attractive and elegant finish.
Solar cells “invisible” in sight.
A new technology patented by Dyaqua, with which innovative photovoltaic modules can be created in different materials that look like real architectural elements.
Revolutionary windows, which they claim can generate 50 times more energy than conventional solar panels, and more importantly, will soon release the world’s first flexible photovoltaic glass.
SolarSkin. Solar panels that change color to blend into any surface.
Sistine Solar will start selling “SolarSkin” panels, which will blend into the texture of your roof, imitating tiles, slates, wood, tiles or any other material. Solar panels will never look “ugly” on our roofs again.
Photovoltaic solar tiles.
Photovoltaic solar tiles are already a reality that is raising the interest of consumers, who are increasingly seduced by this new technology.
Imitation solar panel: Photovoltaic blackboard.
The natural slate solar thermal panel is a functional solution for the production of solar thermal energy without visual pollution.