SolarLab has produced and installed the BIPV system as part of the ongoing restoration of the Trifolium Dairy in Copenhagen’s Sydhavn district. The building appears as it did at its inauguration in 1966 with blue panels under the windows, only now, these are energy producing BIPV panels.
The energy producing facade panels from SolarLab support an aesthetically attractive rainscreen that in turn supports the architecture and enables a wide range of visual expressions.
North facing facades and areas in shade are so called ‘dummy’ panels without active solar cells, but appear exactly as the active panels to ensure a harmonious and unified architectural expression.
The installed system is a true BIPV solution with custom designed satinated and blue coated panels that mirror the original design intent for the building, and replacing the existing exterior cladding with a durable energy producing facade component.
The solution used here is for flat mounting on the wall, and is both quick to install and so inexpensive that it pays for itself in a matter of just a few years. The solution is applicable in both new-build and for energy renovations of aging houses. Thanks to SolarLab’s flexible manufacturing pipeline this solution can easily be customized to accommodate the unique requirements of any building, making it energy producing and contributing to the lowering of its environmental footprint.
As was the intention, the building retains its visual expression as seen in the original presentation leaflet from 1966, but now with an energy producing facade that extends the functional lifespan of the building and the material resources invested in it, while at the same time producing sustainable electricity for its new occupants.