Sunways AG - Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Solutions
RNS Number : 3012P
23 October 2012
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Facilitate Multifunctional Solutions
Sustainable Buildings by Integrating Photovoltaic Solutions; Facade-Integrated
Photovoltaics From Sunways for Paris
KONSTANZ, GERMANY--(Marketwire - October 23, 2012) - 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
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 year.
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
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.
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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 and businesses.
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 worldwide.
This press release and pictures are also available at www.sunways.eu/en.
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 solar systems.
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 EUR115 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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