Design & arts

Symbiosis of Energy & Design

Architecture and building integration work closely together. While the aim of building-integrated OPV is a positive energy balance of the building, it is the architecture which gives life to buildings and structures. Thanks to the free form and color choice of OPV technology, there are no limits to the creativity of designers and architects.

Traditionally, a solar panel is mounted on a building’s roof, referred to as building-applied PV (BAPV). But more architects are learning how to aesthetically incorporate solar cells into things like curtain walls, sunshades, roof tiles, skylights, facades and railings known as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). The flexibility and freedom-of-shape factors of OPV materials are ideal for use in building-integrated applications. OPV-powered materials replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope, not only to generate electricity but also to provide added functionality to buildings - for example sun protection, thermal insulation and noise protection.

The flexible nature of organic PV shows new ways of integrating power-generating elements in architecture and product design. The applications could not be more different. The spectrum ranges from building-integrated OPV surfaces to lighting installations, from smart sports equipment and fashion to mobile devices. Our specially developed OPV raw materials can be printed on nearly every surface. This process is comparable with the operation of an ink printer. In contrast to your office printer, we use OPV inks to produce an active OPV layer.

THE SECRET OF ORGANIC DESIGN

The flexible organic photovoltaics present completely new possibilities for the integration of energetically active components into architecture and product design.

New ways to integrate solar energy into products

The photovoltaic active base material manufactured by OPVIUS is characterized by freedom of design, shape, and material. It is ideally suited for simple integration into applications and products.

In the printed OPV modules, energy is generated by organic carbon-based semiconductors under the influence of light. The solar panels are manufactured according to a cost-efficient printing procedure.

Free choice of color and transparency

The range of application options could not be more diverse. The spectrum ranges from energy production for lighting objects, transparent and colored accessories for sport, leisure, and fashion, through to attractive PV surfaces to match the design, or inlays for product integration into all kinds of mobile and stationary applications. Furthermore, the new range also includes products that focus on the architecture sector and offer unprecedented possibilities for energy harvesting in facade design and urban furnishings.

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