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Belectric completes major OPV installation for African Union's Peace and Security building

Combining printing and coating processes with laser structuring has opened up a wide range of product options in terms of shape and design not previously available

29 Sep 2015 | Editor

Belectric OPV, in collaboration with partners Carl Stahl Architektur and Merck, has developed for the African Union a unique energy-generating OPV based shade sail in the shape of the African continent – which also serves as the logo of the African Union, in addition the sun shade generates enough energy to power the internal LED lighting of the building.

The active solar shade sail forms the focal point of the new Peace and Security Building of the African Union in Addis Ababa – a project managed by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and implemented with the aid of local construction companies.

The system, measuring approx. 25 x 20 metres overall, consists of 445 individual transparent blue modules, using Merck’s lisicon OPV active material, and held in place by a sophisticated cable mesh construction directly underneath the membrane dome above the Peace and Security Building’s interior. The translucency of the modules makes for approx. 75% light transmission for the overall roof surface. Furthermore, thanks to the OPV modules, the shade sail supplies sufficient electricity to power the LED lighting system inside the building.

Belectric OPV - OPV sun shade at African Union Peace and Security Building<

Belectric OPV - OPV sun shade at African Union Peace and Security Building<

Figure: Belectric OPV - OPV sun shade at African Union Peace and Security Building

According to Belectric OPV one of the deciding factors for its adoption at Addis Ababa has been the design possibilities offered by flexible solar cells. This flexibility of shape and colour is attributable to the manufacturing process developed by Belectric OPV. Combining printing and coating processes with laser structuring has opened up a wide range of product options in terms of shape and design not previously available. This approach is highly scalable and built on conventional industrial processes.

Hermann Issa, Director of Business Development and Sales at Belectric OPV, said, "This additional, highly prestigious project finally marks our arrival on the market with our design-oriented photovoltaics for use in the building sector." Hermann added, "This project shows once again the varied possibilities offered with regard to design, transparency, flexibility and colour which can be fully developed and implemented by the use of solar modules from Belectric OPV. Thanks to the innovative stainless steel cable mesh products from Carl Stahl, even architectural elements of this size appear weightless and seem to float."
Luca Casati, head of installation at Carl Stahl, said, "Despite the extreme complexity of the project, installation was easy to carry out. Installation scaffolding or hydraulic platforms, such as those generally used to assemble building sections of this size, were not needed for this project. This was due to the extremely light OPV membranes which make construction and installation so quick and easy." Luca added, "The ability to install a system of this size in just five days using mainly local personnel is an indication of the unbelievable potential of combining OPV with steel cable constructions."

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About Belectric OPV GmbH

Belectric OPV GmbH, with offices in Nuremberg and Kitzingen, is the market leader in the area of organic photovoltaics. Belectric OPV produces bespoke organic solar cells and systems, tailored to customers’ specific requirements. Furthermore, Belectric OPV is active in the area of research and development, in order to continuously provide their customers with creative and innovative solutions. Additionally, Belectric OPV employs a unique manufacturing process, based on a combination of printing, lamination and laser structuring processes. These give a distinct advantage due to their high scalability and, moreover, allow the implementation of custom designs.

Belectric OPV supports its customers with the integration of OPV in existing as well as new products and delivers the accompanying system solutions. Belectric OPV currently has two product lines: Solarte for architects and designers and Power Plastic for large scale industrial applications. Products from Belectric OPV stand for innovation, quality, and design.

Source: Belectric OPV GmbH


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