Dr John van Roosmalen
- Si-PV Device Architecture
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A sculpture made of an energy-generating facade designed by Dutch Solar Design consists of 75 squares, each with a full colour, durable print, and made out of different materials which are commonly used in (facade) construction: aluminium, glass, and synthetic material.
Energy generation is incorporated in all three sides of the object: 33 out of 75 panels are Dutch Solar Design PV modules. These DSD-PV facade modules with integrated solar cells combine renewable energy with ample freedom of design. The possibilities are endless.
An algorithm negotiates the optimum between energy yield and desired visual appearance for each design. Thanks to a specially developed printing technology and strategic placement of the dots, 30% of the surface can be covered with a beautiful print while maintaining an 80% yield. Seems to us like an excellent deal.
This object with DSD-PV modules is designed and produced by Dutch Solar Design consortium partners, in order to demonstrate the many possibilities this product has to offer. The DSD-PV module itself is the result of a two-year research and development project carried out by this consortium, consisting of six parties:
Why? Sustainability of the built environment is an urgent and major issue: the energy consumption of all buildings combined represents 33% of the Dutch nationwide energy demand. Reducing energy use and making optimum use of energy is key — but to be energy-neutral, sustainable energy generation is essential. Solar panels on roofs are not enough, especially in the case of high rise buildings. The vertical surfaces in the built environment represent enormous potential for generating sustainable energy. In order to be able to exploit this potential, new and aesthetic products for façades are needed.
Energy yield is of great importance and so is appearance: freedom of design for the architect, a desirable product and building for developer and end-user, and a beautiful street view for residents.
Come to Ketelhuisplein at the Dutch Design Week