Building Integrated Organic Solar Photovoltaic ( Solar Thermal Magazine)
Asia’s largest Building Integrated Organic Solar Photovoltaic project will be featuring Heliatek’s organic solar film, HeliaFilm®. This technology will be the core part of the planned installation in Singapore providing a test-bed platform for new sustainable technologies.
The project is funded and supported by Jurong Town Corporation (JTC, Singapore) and SPRING (Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board, Singapore). The findings from this project will help to create a base for the future energy mix for Singapore.
HeliaFilm® will be installed on 226m² with a peak power of more than 12 kWp. Three different parts of JTCs buildings in Cleantech Park 1 and 2 and Seletar Aerospace walkway will be covered with solar films.
HeliaFilm® will be implemented with various building materials: within and on glass, on steel and on curved polycarbonate. Several versions of HeliaFilm® will be used: full power opaque, transparent with two different transparency levels (15% and 30 %), and different colors.
Comments from the company leadership on the project:
“The combination of several HeliaFilm® versions and the application in different orientations on various materials makes this project very exciting for us,” stated Thibaud Le Séguillon, CEO from Heliatek.
In a relatively short period of time, we are going to get a comprehensive dataset about our solar films’ performances in tropical climates.
Conventional silicon becomes less efficient as the temperature rises while HeliaFilm® performances are not affected by increased temperatures. Thibaud Le Séguillon added,
This real world test in a hot sunny climate, where solar is an obvious choice, will demonstrate the clear advantage of our technology.
“For Singapore, this project is an important milestone on its path towards a sustainable city development. As one of the most advanced countries in the Asian region, Singapore is again demonstrating its leading role in green urban development,” emphasizes Vijay Sirse, CEO vTrium Energy.
Building integrated organic photovoltaic (BIOPV) can provide a significant contribution to the future urban development of Singapore. We are looking forward working with Heliatek on this project to be a part of this future.
The implementation will start in May 2015 and the project will run for at least 18 months. The independent monitoring of this pilot will be performed by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).
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