The HeliaFilms® were installed at the premises of Reckli China in PuDong, Shanghai. They were directly integrated to concrete façade elements provided by Reckli, a long-term strategic business partner of Heliatek, becoming the world's first BIOPV concrete façade installation.
Heliatek is the world leading company in the production and commercialization of organic solar film. HeliaFilm® is being successfully marketed with different building materials such as glass, concrete and PVC membranes. Heliatek has been closely working together with renowned industrial partners for the different building materials.
RECKLI and Heliatek have agreed on a development partnership for a green building solution based on HeliaFilm® together with structured matrices of concrete, using building envelopes to generate power. RECKLI is known as a world leading producer of elastic matrices for concrete.
"Heliatek's leading OPV technology is working perfectly in combination with the concrete façade application for BiPV, since it is ultra-light, thin and highly efficient. The harvesting power remains strong even under suboptimal light and temperature conditions. Thus the film can be directly attached to the concrete and no extra cooling or ventilation system is needed. With this BiPV solution, the CO2 balance will be drastically increased, without neglecting aesthetic aspects, " stated Dr. Bernd Trompeter, Managing Director of RECKLI GmbH.
"HeliaFilm® combined with Reckli's architectural concrete solutions are delivering a long-sought solution for Chinese architects and building planners. Concrete structures are being enriched with HeliaFilm® to generate power and at the same time keeping an aesthetical appeal," commented Dr. Thomas Bickl, VP Sales & Marketing. "This pioneering installation will set the precedent for similar BIOPV installations around the world to achieve the requirements for carbon neutral buildings that are self sufficient in generating their own power requirements."
The RECKLI China office was chosen for installing the first HeliaFilm® concrete façade on an East, West and South facing façade in order to demonstrate the superior harvesting factor under various mounting conditions that often occur in real world BIPV applications. The power generated by each façade is being individually monitored for comparison purposes. The installed capacity of around 20 square metres amounts to 0.62 kWp and the generated energy is used internally.
Heliatek was spun off in 2006 from the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Ulm. The company is the leader in the field of Organic Electronics Energy holding the world record efficiency of 12%. Through both its leading edge material development and its proven capability for volume manufacturing Heliatek is the first company to begin commercialization of large area OPV solar film. Its business model is to supply the custom-designed HeliaFilm® to partners in industries such as building and construction materials, automotive and light architectural structures. Heliatek maintains a total staff of some 75 specialists at its facilities in Dresden and Ulm, Germany. Investors in Heliatek include leading industrial and financial companies such as BASF, Bosch, RWE, Wellington Partners, eCapital and Aqton.Research and development work, as well as the installation of production technology has been funded by the Free State of Saxony, the Federal Republic of Germany (BMBF-Projekt LOTsE (03EK3505E) and the European Union. Heliatek is currently operating its first roll-to-roll manufacturing line in Dresden, Germany.
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