Modern Home Builder 2018 - Volume 6, Issue 2 - 97
IN FINLAND, INDUSTRY PARTNERS HAVE
FOUND A WAY TO INTEGRATE ATTRACTIVE
SOLAR MODULES INTO ARCHITECTURE.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. has
developed a mass-production method based on printing
technologies to manufacture patterned organic solar modules. The method enables freely customized solar modules
to meet the architectural requirements of buildings and to
add value to their visual appearance in addition to energy
production. Organic solar modules can form even visually
attractive multicolor graphical images.
Thinness and flexibility allow the solar modules to be integrated in glasses or to be adjusted to conform on a freeform
surface in building façades. The solar modules can also serve
as intelligent interior surfaces that collect energy from indoor
lighting, for devices such as sensors that gather information
from the surrounding environment as part of IoT applications.
"In future, all visually attractive surfaces of the buildings
can also harvest energy. The design, even multicolor images,
can be implemented with solar modules. This enables the
wide exploitation of solar modules as a natural part of the
buildings and opens up significant new business opportunities," says Senior Scientist Pälvi Apilo of VTT, the coordinator of the LIWE façades project. The LIWE façades project
is one of the winners of the Challenge Finland program.
PES Architects, one of the project partners, designed an innovative building façade concept in which solar modules symbolizing ice crystals through Chinese calligraphy are brought
into glass façades. This concept was the winning proposal in
the design competition of the Sino-Finnish Congress Centre
in Nanjing, China. It also received the Special Award for Innovation of the Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project.
"The aim is to execute an architecturally interesting pilot location for a graphical solar module façade, as part of
the Sino-Finnish Centre," says Jarkko Salminen, CEO of
"The product is expected to have an attractive cost-benefit ratio in the future, and its freely visually modifiable
features will provide the solar module façade with huge
international potential," adds Architect Pekka Salminen,
founder of PES Architects. )
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