Replacing the exterior rain cladding with photo voltaic cells creates a true Building Integrated Photo Voltaic facade known as BIPV.
Photo voltaic cells are temperature sensitive and their power output as well as their lifespan is reduced at higher temperatures, so our facades are designed to allow natural air ventilation to cool the panels while providing a highly durable sun and weather screen to the underlying building structure.
The SolarLab BIPV solution can be customized to fit any facade and is therefore used both in new buildings and as rainscreens in energy renovations. The facade panels are made from coated and tempered low-iron glass laminated with high quality PERC c-Si photo voltaic cells, before being assembled into the finished facade system.
Our integrated production takes place entirely in Europe and provides an extremely flexible and responsive production pipeline with a very low LCA, as we strive to manufacture using purely sustainable energy sources and minimizing unnecessary transport.
Depending on location and orientation as well as the local source of electricity, a BIPV facade will return the energy and carbon dioxide investment accrued during its creation in just a few years. It will also have paid for the marginal cost of the system, while, of course, continuing to produce sustainable and free electricity for many years to come. This makes BIPV facades one of the best investments available with a very high ROI – and the only building material to do so.
As Passive House and ZEB projects often require onsite energy production our BiPV facades are often cost-neutral to placing traditional loc-cost system on the roof and will free up flat roofs to be utilised for activities and rainwater management.
Panels manufactured using the same technology and materials are known to still be in production 60 years after they where originally installed.
Our BIPV facades are supplied as complete systems, to be installed by a local installer under our supervision. If required, SolarLab can, however, also facilitate the installation and commissioning through our network of local installers. The facade cladding system includes all mounting and electrical components to install and connect the system electrically.
The SolarLab cladding systems are designed for low energy footprint, longevity and ease of installation as well as service. A low installation weight of only 13 kg/sqm has been achieved to ensure the systems can be installed anywhere and by a single person if necessary.
SolarLab has a deep and extensive background in solar panel manufacturing, from running our own production in Northern Sweden where we manufacture standard panels to our new production pipeline across Europe. We use this unique understanding of the technical possibilities and limitations to design, develop and manufacture our energy producing facades.
To ensure BIPV options are fully explored and designed as an integrated part of a building’s architecture we support owners and architects with a pre-tender design service also called a ‘FEED Project Package’. This support aims to minimize any perceived process risk by ensuring the facade is designed for production, installation and code-compliance, and to ensure that the architectural design intent translates into the final building through the production of visual and functional prototypes as well as the contribution of relevant information to the tender specifications.
SolarLab naturally also provides energy studies and scoping of installations as well as a designed roof mounted system when the design and visual expression of the system is of importance to the architecture or use of the roof. We see this happening more and more as roofs become sculptural, are utilized for activities, or integrated as part of rainwater management solutions.
SolarLab supplies a complete turn-key installation and work closely with local expert facade installers, electricians and commissioning teams. We have excellent experience working with local installers that receive ‘what-comes-in-a-box’ from SolarLab, along with training, quality inspection and commissioning support. This adds flexibility and ensures local code compliance as well as personal post-install service and support on every project.