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    Organic Photovoltaic Materials at EXPO 2015


    DSSC installations at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany


    DSSC installations at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

We Present Organic Photovoltaic Materials at EXPO 2015 in Milan

At the EXPO 2015 in Milan, visitors experienced a unique alliance of architectural creativity and solar cells at the German Pavilion. The central design elements were expressive membrane-covered shelters in the shape of sprouting plants featuring seamlessly integrated organic photovoltaic modules. This example shows the important advantages of OPV technology especially with respect to building integrated photovoltaics such as the broad choice of colors, shapes and degrees of transparency. We are providing key components (lisicon®) for this system.

Read more in "M - The Explorer Magazine": Generating power and creating shade: Solar trees and our press release.

DSSC installations at our headquarters

The lamellar elements with a reddish shimmer at the southern façade of the modular innovation center in Darmstadt are a real eye catcher. These elements are movable and orient themselves to the sun in order to maximize performance. The reddish color comes from dye-sensitized solar cells inside the lamellae. Apart from their main task of shading the room from the sun, they also produce electricity. This example shows how the usually inactive space at facades can be used to generate electricity from sunlight in a very resource efficient and climate friendly way.

We lead the BIPV task force at SolarPower Europe

BIPV products are building elements with an integrated photovoltaic function. In contrast to standard PV modules, they are designed to comply with preferred façade designs as well as building regulations. The BIPV industry as such is relatively young and involves value chain players from material suppliers to module manufactures, façade companies and building engineers. To support the market entry of BIPV elements, the task force hosted by the industry association SolarPower Europe aims to inform policy makers on the European level about the opportunities and challenges of this sector.

OPV shade sail at the African Union building in Addis Ababa

OPV shade sail at the African Union building in Addis Ababa

Belectric OPV has developed a unique energy-generating shade in the shape of the African continent for the African Union building in collaboration with Carl Stahl Architektur GmbH and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. The immense flexibility in shape and design offered by organic solar cells was a convincing factor to win the project. The simple manufacturing procedure is highly scalable and based on classic industrial processes such as printing and coating. Our active OPV materials (lisicon®) are key enablers for these type of solar cells.

For more information please contact us.

Read more at the PV Magazine & the press release.
Gray OPV modules for building applications

Gray OPV modules for building applications

Our new lisicon® formulation enables semi-transparent, gray colored OPV modules with superior power generation performance of more than 50 W/m². This joint development with Belectric OPV was showcased in solar modules at the Adaptive Architectures and Smart Materials Conference in Chicago, USA. The main showpiece was a number of free-form modules taking the form of laminated glass panels mounted on steel ropes to create a lightweight, curtain-wall-type façade. Modules of this type open up limitless design possibilities for modern architecture.

Read more in the following press releases: