Real estate developers and architects often ask whether it is possible to produce a white PV façade which would also generate electricity.
If you ask for it for a regular PV installer, they would say you are not the “sharpest tool in the shed”. But today we are not talking about the regular PV installers. Here is an exclusive project we wanted to share with you, a dream of many architects – His Majesty White PV Façade.
In 2022, a Lithuania-based company Intelligent Solar produced the customized PV modules to an ambitious project, the Moore office building. Located in Amsterdam and designed by Mei architects and planners, the Moore building spans five floors with 2,900 m2 of office space. Moore not only achieves energy neutrality (EPC = 0) but also boasts a BREEAM Excellent sustainability certificate. This project stands out for its innovative integration of PV cells into the façade, making solar energy an integral part of the architectural aesthetic.
Functionality & Aesthetics
Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are revolutionizing architectural aesthetics by offering alternatives to traditionally dark solar panels. Architects and real estate developers often question the feasibility of lighter-colored solar panels. The common misconception is that solar panels could not deviate from their traditional dark color. Innovative technologies are now defying traditional expectations by offering solar panels in white. There is a special revolutionary technology – a nanotechnology-based film – that allows to achieve white and coloured solar panels without visible cells or connections. Intelligent Solar took it to their advantage and created a high-profile, soft in composition, light-coloured façade. This exemplifies the potential of BIPV to meet both the functional and aesthetic demands of modern architecture, proving that solar panels can indeed be both effective and beautifully integrated into building designs. BIPV not only contributes to the aesthetic appeal with possibilities like white façades but also serves a functional purpose. White facades reflect a significant amount of solar radiation, aiding in the reduction of urban heat during the summer months, making BIPV a key component in addressing both architectural innovation and urban sustainability.
Mastering BIPV: A Deep Dive For Real Estate Stakeholders in Europe
Understanding BIPV is crucial for those working with architects and engineering offices aiming to develop innovative buildings. Join our Advanced Online Courses for real estate stakeholders on March 7th. Delve deeper into BIPV and its application in future-ready buildings. The course, led by BIPV expert Dieter Moor, covers various aspects of BIPV solutions, including façade, glass, electrical systems, and photovoltaic technology. With his extensive background in the field since 2005 and a career in renewable energy dating back to 2000, Dieter Moor offers invaluable insights into creating sustainable, energy-efficient buildings.
Learn more about the Moore project: https://intelligentsolar.eu/moore.