BIPV facade for new exhibition space in Switzerland

May 16, 2022 02:16 PM ET
  • Switzerland-based Novartis has actually deployed a 36 kW building-integrated PV facade on its new exhibition center in Basel. The system features 10,680 organic PV modules from France's Asca.
BIPV facade for new exhibition space in Switzerland
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Novartis, a Swiss healthcare business, has actually inaugurated its new conference center in Basel, which features a building-integrated photovoltaic or pv (BIPV) facade based on organic solar modules and also LEDs.

The company claimed the zero-energy facade of the Novartis Pavillon plays a symbolic role in the architecture, as the LEDs are made use of to screen the works of three global artists, Daniel Canogar, Esther Hunziker and Semiconductor. The PV installment has a capacity of 36 kW as well as functions 10,680 diamond-shaped solar modules supplied by France-based organic PV module maker Asca, a device of Armor solar energy films. The system covers a surface area of 1,333 square meters.

The facade was made and crafted by iart, a Swiss workshop for media architectures, in collaboration with architects AMDL Circla and also Michele De Lucchi. "The setup of the solar modules on the dome-shaped Novartis Pavillon makes it possible for the dimension of the electrical power produced in all instructions," iart stated. "Data collected throughout the initial few months of procedure shows that the appearance produces sufficient power to show text in the daytime-- when the exhibition is open-- as well as electronic art animations for up to two hrs after sunset."

Armor said its solar modules can achieve a 26% efficiency in low light atmospheres. Currently, its solar technology is generally used to provide electricity to tiny connected objects indoors, in settings where the light is reduced (from 200 lux), such as temperature level sensing units as well as geolocation trackers.

" Their design and physical residential or commercial properties make these organic solar modules perfect for usage on the dome-shaped Novartis Pavillon, as they can be generated in various shapes, are bendable, translucent, and also incredibly light-sensitive," iart said. "Which suggests they can likewise be mounted in spots not preferably oriented towards the sun."

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