Building Integrated Solar PV ( Solar Thermal Magazine)
In February 2014, Hanergy was selected by the MIT Technology Review as one of the 50 smartest companies in the world. It was the only Chinese energy company honored with the award. One of Hanergy’s areas of specialization is that of building integrated solar PV or BIPV for short. By utilizing cutting edge thin film solar products energy producing buildings can be constructed with architectural cues in mind. In fact the solar surfaces can add to the look and value of the property.
Earlier this fall, Hanergy announced that the initial phase of its headquarters BIPV project is completed and generating clean, safe, and convenient power for its offices
When complete, the project’s total installed capacity will be 3MW, and it will incorporate thin-film solar technology into curtain-walls, skywalks, flexible roof installations, and a carport. With the first phase’s power generation capacity of 600kW, the headquarters can meet 20 percent of its electricity demand. After the second phase of the project is completed and generation capacity reaches 3MW, the headquarters will meet 100 percent of its electricity demand, allowing it to save the entire cost of its electricity bill, at 1.46 yuan per kWh, and also earn 0.42 yuan per kWh in distributed power subsidies.
More importantly, the project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons, the equivalent of planting 140,000 trees or offsetting emissions from 780 cars.
The project introduces futuristic design elements while ensuring the original architectural integrity remains unchanged. The BIPV components on the exterior building walls adopt a design that resembles dragon scales by integrating thin-film components of different shapes, colors, and light transmittance rates. This creates a striking visual impact while optimizing aspects of lighting, sunshade, and ventilation. It is built with aesthetics in mind to highlight the infinite, novel design possibilities for green buildings.
Gordon’s expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.