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Onyx Solar has installed a photovoltaic curtain wall for the new GDR Guadalhorce Valley’s Headquarters, which will contribute reducing the building’s energy consumption

Façade GDR Guadalhorce

The future new GDR’s headquarters, located in the province of Malaga, Spain, has been designed to become a Center for Social, Economic and Environmental Innovation. GDR Guadalhorce Valley will host many different institutions and associations which work actively towards the development, promotion and innovation of the valley.

Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass has been installed at the building façade as a unique curtain wall capable of generating more than 3,000 kWh per year. This customized glass, made of amorphous silicon technology, was designed in a large format to meet customer’s project needs, the Regional Government of Andalusia. It is remarkable that this low-emissive glass improves both, thermal and acoustic insulation, reducing energy expenses. In addition, the 20% light transmittance glass chosen allows the entrance of natural light into the building; this way, artificial lighting needs are decreased. This photovoltaic curtain wall enhances the building’s inner comfort for its occupants at the same time it preserves its natural surroundings through a more efficient construction and aesthetic design.

By integrating Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass in façades, building are able to save up to 50% in HVAC expenses. Click here to download the summary of this research carried out by Pais Vasco’s University together with the Building’s Quality Control Laboratories of the said Regional Government

Onyx Solar participates with its photovoltaic glass solutions in the construction of a sustainable and energy self-sufficient office building located in Asturias (Spain).

This building will be materialized the  bioclimatic design criteria established by applying passive strategies and integrating energy-efficient equipment and control systems that reduce substantially the energy demand of the building. This demand will be covered through renewable energies generated by several sources, such as Onyx Solar´s photovoltaic glass. The energy requirements will be even further reduced to achieve zero energy consumption becoming a reference building worldwide.

Onyx Solar will contribute to this project through the design and integration of photovoltaic constructive solutions that will generate over 33,500 kWh of energy per year. In addition to the energy inputs, Onyx Solar´s photovoltaic building materials will help to significantly improve passive properties associated with the building envelope, such as thermal insulation, natural illumination or shading improvements, key goals for the autonomy and efficiency project objectives.

Moreover, the sum of all the measures will make this office building, which completion is planned for 2015, getting a LEED Platinum certification, strengthening the evidence of the commitment in terms of sustainability, energy efficiency and clean energy utilization.

Onyx Solar triumphs with its innovative photovoltaic glass solutions at the major trade shows for construction and glass such as Glasstec in Germany or Greenbuild in USA.

The participation of Onyx Solar at Glasstec 2014, which was held in Germany this October, helped the company strengthening its international distributorship network with the incorporation of new distributors in Germany and Greece. Additionally, the event was used to launch for the first time anew spider fixing system for photovoltaic façades which avoids penetrating the outer pane of double glazing and triple glazing units, so that the aesthetics of the constructive solution are enhanced.

During the same event, Onyx Solar was invited to offer a speech at the International Engineered Transparency Conference, focusing on its innovative and successful photovoltaic floor tile, which has already received several awards in different countries.

Glasstec

On another hand and at the same time, Onyx Solar exhibited for a fifth year in a row at Greenbuild Expo in New Orleans, USA, the major event for green construction in the Americas. Being it the only glass in the market able to generate free electricity from the Sun, Onyx Solar solutions caught the attention of the major representatives of different Green Building Councils worldwide (GBC), and major architecture and design firms. Particularly, the GBCs are non for profit organizations which promote sustainability in construction among 100 countries over the 5 continents. By 2015, an estimated 40-48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green, equating to a $120-145 billion dollars opportunity. These organizations promote the LEED certification, which is an international rating system that certifies buildings which incorporate sustainable designs and energy efficient measures of different kinds. By using Onyx Solar photovoltaic Glass, buildings can score LEED points to help achieving that certification. For further details, please take a look at the following document. This is a great milestone, as of October 2014, approximately 44% of all square footage pursuing LEED certification existed outside the U.S.

Lucia Building

Green Buildins

Finally, Onyx Solar also wanted to participate at the first edition of Green Building Expo in Dominican Republic together with the World Architectural Festival (WAF) in Singapore. The photovoltaic Glass by Onyx Solar was first introduced in both countries to major industry players such as construction companies, engineers, architects and developers. During both events, where Onyx Solar participated with a booth displaying real photovoltaic glass samples, a speech was offered to all attendants to explain the main advantages that the photovoltaic Glass brings to any construction project, such as thermal and sound insulation, or the generation of free electricity from the Sun.

You can download this press release clicking here.

Onyx Solar’s headquarters in Avila, counts on a brand new photovoltaic ventilated façade which makes it one of the most efficient office buildings in the region

This new photovoltaic façade is comprised of amorphous silicon glass which is available in the market starting at $4.98/Sqft or 39€sqm, turning it into a highly competitive building material.

Particularly, a combination between opaque photovoltaic glass together with 20% light transmittance glass has been chosen, enhancing the overall energy generation while allowing natural light into the building; this way, artificial lighting needs decrease while the inner comfort for the occupants is enhanced.

Photovoltaic Façade

Besides the electricity generation which is used to feed part of the building needs, the expenses in HVAC systems have decreased thanks to the thermal insulation that the photovoltaic glass offers, compared to a traditional ventilated façade.

According to research carried out by Pais Vasco’s University together with the Building’s Quality Control Laboratories of that Regional Government, the thermal insulation that this photovoltaic glass entail allows the building to save up to 50% of its energy needs. For further details, please click here.

Top 10 products

Onyx Solar has been ranked as one of the top 10 innovative and green products in the market by Gensler, one of the largest and more recognized design and architecture firms worldwide. Particularly, the photovoltaic glass offered by Onyx Solar leads the list of the top 10 products selected by Gensler at the Greenbuild Expo.

This year 2014, Onyx Solar will exhibit again at said show, the largest for Green Building in the Americas.

Gensler is the largest design and architectural firm by revenue, working in 112 countries for over 2,000 clients, including Samsung, Yahoo, WalMart, Inditex and Accenture.

Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic floor tile has been awarded by “Castilla y Leon Economica” as the most innovative product in the region

Photovoltaic floor

This award recognizes the magnificent trajectory of Onyx Solar in the development of photovoltaic glass and solutions which replace traditional construction building materials; these solutions are able to generate free and clean electricity from the Sun.

The photovoltaic floor tile comes up as a result of the strong commitment of the company towards R&D. It achieves the highest standards by supporting 881 Lbs (400kg) on the test of point load, complying with anti-slip regulations and it can be installed as easily as any other technical floor.

Available in a wide range of colors and transparency degrees, this photovoltaic product can be integrated in highly aesthetic ways, blending perfectly with the remaining components of a building. It has already been installed at such emblematic places as the George Washington University in USA or the Terina Mediterranean Foundation in Italy.

We interview Silva&Ventura, Onyx Solar’s Official Distributor in Portugal

Onyx SOLAR’s glass is the only building integrated photovoltaic material which can generate electricity from the sun. Taking into account that buildings are responsible of the 40% of the global electricity consume. What do you think that will be the impact of such a revolutionary product in Portugal?

Is the beginning of a new cycle for constructions solutions! Recently, the Portuguese Government had approved a law that allows renewable production to auto-consume. This means that, every building can integrate solutions of sustainability to be independent in an electric point of view. At the same time, we can produce green energy and maintain the higher standards in architectonic point of view. It’s a “new age” and some players have already discovered.

Our multifunctional Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions allow for the entry of natural light, provide both thermal and acoustic insulation, it filters out harmful radiation, which can be integrated perfectly into any type of building. How´s the acceptance of this passive-active material in Portugal market?

Positive. Usually the first impression is of surprise, but when we talk about prices and studies already made, comparing with others types of glass, the expectations are largely exceeded.

Onyx Solar ‘s solutions produce green energy and at same time, allow a better management inside the building. Moreover, allow to recover the initial investment.

Onyx Solar has recently installed the first photovoltaic floor in the world. Thanks to our continuous investment in R&D we are regularly launching new products, such as our colored photovoltaic glass. We recently lauched the first low-e photovoltaic glass. What is your opinion?

Floor, colored glass and low-e glass are unique, saying everything about the quality of Onyx Solar’s R&D Department, which is constantly innovating.

The low-e photovoltaic glass is one of the best arguments that we use because the prices and result of studies made with the performance of this solution are impressive.

Onyx Solar has completed lot of projects in several countries including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France etc. How do you see our building integrated photovoltaic solutions related to the increasing green building trends over the next few years in Portugal?

In Portugal, the construction has passed for a period of adjust. This reality, made the main quality players, adapt solutions more efficient and sustainable. On the other hand, we have some expectation to know the main guide lines for Portugal in the European program Horizon 2020, but we believe the future construction will be focused on goals like the sustainability, low CO2 emissions, and efficient buildings.

 In the United States we provided a turnkey project for the world’s largest BIPV skylight. Our company has a wide network of distributors and installers worldwide; in a key market like Portugal we have established this scope of cooperation in order to offer our customers a complete service. May you slightly explain your experience at this respect?

The know-how and excellence of monitoring provided by OnyxSolar has been crucial in our approach to the market. In big projects, the capacity that we have (Onyx Solar and we) to offer global and integrated solutions is very important. The global management of the building actually requires global and holistic solutions.

The accuracy and detail in the studies and projects has been very important as well, not only at technical and commercial level but also for the financial plan.

Since your incorporation within the Onyx Solar network, could you briefly sum up your feeling as our official Distributor over this time? Please, in a few words any recommendations for our future distributors?

We consider it a stimulating challenge! Not only on the potential business but also for the permanent evolution and learning.

Onyx Solar is a company and brand with big success in the world… is not by accident. The team is young, dynamic, resilient and available. When you start working with Onyx Solar you will meet people that think big, and make things happen! Big success is waiting, in the near future!

AGC y Onyx Solar

Silva & Ventura will exhibit at Glasstec in Dusseldorf, Germany (October 21st – 24th ), Hall 10/ C76, with its structural systems for glass façades and smart glazings such as the Onyx Solar’s PV Glass. Find more information about their fastening systems at the Partners Solutions’ tab in the Onyx Solar website, within the all you need section.

To read the full interview, please click here.

Press Clipping

Glasstec and Greenbuild

Corporate

Onyx Solar has lauched a special edtion of its Corporate Brochure due to Glasstec and Greenbuild Fairs.

To find out more about the new constructive solutions of Onyx Solar, please download the new brochure by clicking here.

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