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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 Económica” 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.

The Technical University of Mohammed VI in Morocco will feature a photovoltaic canopy within the Ville Verte Ben Guerir project.

photovoltaic canopy

The project, designed by architects Ricardo Bofill and Elie Mouyal will count on a large photovoltaic pergola at the entrance. Thanks to an integration area of 590 sqm it will reach 90 kWp of power installed.

This project is part of the OCP development plan “Green Cities”. The “Mohammed VI Green City” Ben Guerir project consists of a newly built urban development focusing on education, innovation, environment and sustainable development of over 1,000 hectares. This new city with a capacity to accommodate 90,000 inhabitants includes ratios of 20 m² of green space per inhabitant.

New construction standards and regulations are pushing the building envelope towards more efficient designs, as well as the usage of smart glazing to enhance the overall performance of the building in terms of energy consumption and self-generation.

AGC and Onyx Solar

AGC North America has recently signed a cooperation agreement in order to promote and sale photovoltaic glass manufactured by Onyx Solar.

AGC North America is a leading glass fabricator in the US with an annual turnover over $12 billion.

This new strategic alliance in the United States will further ease the access to the Onyx Solar smart glazing products and help reducing operating and maintenance costs for buildings.

 

Punta Arenas

Onyx Solar reaches a new milestone with its first project in Chile, specifically in Punta Arenas, one of the southernmost cities in the Americas.

The health centre located in the capital of Chilean Antarctica will incorporate a curtain wall counting on photovoltaic mono-crystalline silicon technology, laminated, safety glass. That will make the center a more efficient and sustainable building.

Despite the low solar radiation in this area and thanks to the efficiency of Onyx Solar’s solutions, the curtain wall will generate approximately 35 kWh per year and per sqm from the sun.

The project will be executed in collaboration with the Chilean construction company Salfa Corp, one of the major companies in Chile with presence in several Latin American countries.

photovoltaic ventilated façadOnyx Solar photovoltaic ventilated façade offers, among its many other advantages, the possibility of reducing by 50% the cooling requirements of buildings compared to traditional facade isolation systems.

The study carried out by the University of the Basque Country in collaboration with the Construction Quality Control Laboratory of the Basque Government, reveals that Onyx Solar photovoltaic facade has a particularly significant cooling performance during the warmest months.

This is a remarkable fact since approximately 40% of the world population lives in warm areas. This reduction in cooling needs in buildings represents an important energy saving precisely where it is most needed, in the buildings of our cities, which are responsible for at least 40% of the global energy consumption.

Please, for further information about the study click here.

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