OPVIUS organic BIPV construction material wins architectural award


19th January 2017, BAU, Munich

BELECTRIC OPV, market leader in organic photovoltaics (OPV), has received the ‘Innovation Award – Architecture + Building’ at the BAU 2017 trade fair in Munich.

The award was for BELECTRIC’s OPVIUS product range, co-developed with Merck, a leading science and technology company . BAU, is the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, has proven itself an efficient international contact and business platform for the construction industry. The BELECTRIC produced active solar films exhibited under the OPVIUS brand name use Merck’s latest generation of Lisicon materials, optimised for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Opvius OPV for BIPV

To meet 2050 CO2 emission targets, nearly-zero-energy buildings will become mandatory generally in the EU from 2021. Renewable energy will be essential in achieving these goals and BIPV, which generates electricity within the building envelope, will be a key enabler.

Organic photovoltaics constitute an important and highly promising technology to spur worldwide adoption and integration of photovoltaics (PV) in buildings. OPV is a fundamentally different approach to conventional PV, using cost effective, ecofriendly roll-to-roll manufacturing. The printed OPV modules are thin flexible laminates, which are easily added to a variety of construction materials and are compatible with standard glass lamination processes. The larger inherent freedom of design means OPV can serve architects’ functional and aesthetic demands better than conventional PV, due to the larger choice of colours, shapes and degrees of transparency. OPV is also light and flexible enough to suit architectural innovations such as lightweight membrane structures.

David Müller, Head of Photovoltaics Marketing at Merck, said: “Building integrated PV will play an essential role in future energy efficient buildings, but existing solutions often do not satisfy the needs of architects. We are particularly encouraged by the decision of the jury of renowned architects to acknowledge OPV for satisfying both design and functionality.”

Hermann Issa, Senior Director of Business Development and Sales at BELECTRIC OPV GmbH, explained: “Organic PV is no longer an R&D topic. Together with further specialised partners, we have realised several reference projects with completely different requirements and setups in the last few years. Working with our partner Carl Stahl, we integrated OPV active laminates into ‘solar trees’ for the German Pavilion at the EXPO 2015 in Milan. Additionally, with BGT (Bischoff Glastechnik AG) we have installed laminated OPV modules in the glass façades of different buildings while together with Taiyo Europe we have integrated OPV in ETFE membranes. This shows the nearly endless possibilities OPV can offer.”

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