Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Facilitate Multifunctional
Sustainable Buildings by Integrating Photovoltaic Solutions;
Facade-Integrated Photovoltaics From Sunways for Paris
KONSTANZ, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 10/23/12 -- Sunways AG
(FRANKFURT: SWW) -- In the European Union, buildings account for 40
percent of total energy consumption. As a result, sustainable,
energy-efficient architecture can make a vital contribution to
environmental protection. Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)
are an excellent means of enhancing energy efficiency. "BIPV3:
Separating fact from fiction - an essential guide for designers" was
the title of a conference held at RIBA in London on 17 October 2012.
Organised by BRE Group, this annual conference is the most important
UK event dealing with the issue of BIPV, and it focused on issues
such as building design, the fusion of functionalism and aesthetics,
and the technical options for integrating photovoltaic systems in
facades, roofs and windows.
"Building-integrated photovoltaics open up a range of multifunctional
solutions," explains Stefan Fischer, a Sunways AG project manager for
BIPV who was present in London to discuss projects the photovoltaics
specialists from Konstanz had already completed. Solar glass modules
with coloured or semi-transparent design solar cells don't just
generate electricity for buildings -- they enable architects to
create innovative and appealing designs, let buildings make use of
natural patterns of light and shade, and offer protection from
environmental influences (noise, weather, heat/cold).
Quai de Valmy 179 in Paris is the location of the first residential
building in France to feature a full-facade BIPV system. The building
was completed in December 2011, and Sunways supplied emerald green
solar cells that were integrated in custom-designed glass modules.
Construction of the seven-storey building was overseen by Paris-based
architects Emmanuel Saadi and Jean-Louis Rey, whose objective was to
fuse appealing design with sustainable electricity generation.
With the exception of the ground floor, the building's entire facade
is clad in photovoltaic units -- Sunways was the source for a total
of 7,200 emerald green multicrystalline design solar cells. 70
different module formats allow for optimum use of the 170 square
metre facade. This photovoltaic skin facing the street produces a
total of 7 megawatt hours per annum -- this figure corresponds to
about 40 per cent of the building's total energy requirements for one
The architects' choice wasn't just based on the outstanding
efficiency of Sunways solar cells -- their unique hue was also of
crucial importance. Quai de Valmy is located on the banks of Canal
Saint-Martin, a waterway in the city's 10th arrondissement that is
protected as a heritage site. The building's photovoltaics facade had
to blend in with its surroundings, and its emerald solar cells
harmonise perfectly with the historic ambiance of the district's
Along with coloured solar cells for stylish, high-end aesthetic
designs in building-integrated photovoltaics, Sunways also produces
semi-transparent solar cells for translucent BIPV units that can be
used on roofs and facades. Find out more at:
Find more information about buildings' energy consumption levels and
the EU's efficiency objectives at:
Building Research Establishment Ltd. (BRE), Watford, UK,
is an independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing
and training organisation, offering expertise in every aspect of the
built environment and associated industries. BRE helps clients create
better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London,
UK, was founded already in 1834. RIBA champions better buildings,
communities and the environment through architecture. RIBA provides
standards, training, support and recognition for its members
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Sunways AG, Konstanz/Germany, stands for consistent use of solar
energy to secure long-term energy supply of man in an efficient and
sustainable manner. Sunways offers technological competence,
performance and highest quality -- from single components to complete
Since its foundation in 1993, Sunways AG evolved into a technology
leader in the photovoltaics industry serving international markets.
With silicon-based solar cells, inverters, solar modules and solar
systems, the company offers all components required for high-yield
photovoltaic power generation. With photovoltaic solutions tailored
to customers' needs (transparent and coloured solar cells,
building-integrated photovoltaic installations), Sunways turns
exceptional ideas into reality.
Sunways Production GmbH in Arnstadt/Germany is a subsidiary of
Sunways AG; in addition, the group has its own branch offices in
Barcelona/Spain and Bologna/Italy. In 2011, Sunways AG with about 330
employees realised sales of around EUR 115 million.
The shares of Sunways AG are listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
(FRANKFURT: SWW) (SWW:GR, SWWG.DE, ISIN DE0007332207).
For further information, please visit www.sunways.eu/en.
Dr. Harald F. Schafer
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone +49 7531 996 77 415
Fax +49 7531 996 77 10
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