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The photovoltaic Low-e glass of Onyx Solar will transform the new terminal at this modern airport, one of the largest in South America, in a building that generates its own energy from the sun.

Viracopos airport

Onyx Solar has provided the International Airport of Viracopos-Campinas with more than 4,000 photovoltaic glass units which will cover a total area of 3,240sqm. The photovoltaic installation will reach a total capacity of 117 kWp.  The project at this incredible Brazilian airport signifies the largest South American project yet for Onyx Solar.

This photovoltaic low emissivity glass is being installed on the building’s roof as 33 skylights. The beneficial characteristics include its semi-transparency to allow the diffusing of the sunlight; protection against solar radiations (UV & IR); and thermal and acoustic insulations.  Due to the nature of the continuous flow of aircrafts in the vicinity, the acoustic insulation has a great deal of importance.

Viracopos airport

The Viracopos International Airport is located in the city of Campinas, an important Brazilian center of scientific, technological, and industrial development, part of São Paulo.  Known for harboring major university centers, the city has an access to the best roads in the country and has a large industrial park in its metropolitan area.

Viracopos, the second largest cargo terminal in Brazil, has been experiencing a significant increase in the passenger transportation over the recent years.  It is one of the fastest growing airports in the country. The goal of the Viracopos International Airport is to become the largest and most modern airport in Latin America with the capacity of receiving 25 million passengers annually.

The Best Regional Project in New York 2014´ has been awarded to Novartis’ building, where Onyx Solar has implemented the largest skylight in the world, by the prestigious magazine ENR. 


The pharmaceutical giant Novartis received the award ´The Best Regional Project 2014´in the Green Project category by the one of the most prominent construction and engineering publication that is part of McGraw Hill and Standard & Poor Group.  This award took place only a year after Onyx Solar installed the world´s largest photovoltaic skylight, setting the benchmark worldwide for innovative solutions for energy efficiency, design, and sustainability. Novartis3

This impressive photovoltaic skylight, implemented by Onyx Solar, in the new headquarter building of Novartis in the United States, was designed by the renown architect Rafael Viñoly in collaboration with Turner Construction.  The vast 27,500sq.ft skylight consists of hundreds of large photovoltaic glass units developed by Onyx Solar. These innovative units feature crystalline technology which incorporates perforated solar cells that introduces an optimal amount of filtered natural light into the interior of the building, which is essential especially for the office spaces. The photovoltaic glasses of the skylight also generate clean free electricity from the sun, enough to power lightings for more than 600 houses.


Engineering News-Record

Engineering News-Record, known as ENR, is a part of McGraw Hill and Standard & Poor´s group.  ENR is a weekly magazine that provides news, analysis, data, and opinions for the construction industry worldwide.

ENR annually ranks the largest contractors and design firms in the U.S. and internationally.  Its “construction economics” section covers the cost fluctuations of a wide range of building materials.

Onyx Solar, the Unstoppable

Since its establishment in 2009, the growth of the company could not have possibly gone unnoticed with the spectacular increase in its turnover, estimated at 100% annually, along with many other things. The company has more than 500 open opportunities in 50 countries with projects in the United States, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, China, and many others. They also have an international network composed of 200 partners and distributors across 5 continents.

Novartis, exemplary model of sustainable growth

The giant Swiss company, which employs more than 120,000 people, had a turnover of $50,000+MM in 2012, a success due also to their sustainable practices and policies and CSR.  Novartis regarded as the leader in its industry for sustainability and green policies, according to Green Rankings 2012: Global Company. Its new campus in New Jersey will promote cancer research and create 1,600 additional jobs.  Moreover, this campus will set an architectural milestone for green building.

Turner construction: leadership and safety

A prestigious magazine, Engineering News Record (ENR), has ranked Turner on top for having the largest domestic turnover in construction. Turner has also been awarded with excellence in the field of safety in 2013.

Turner was responsible for the success of Novartis Oncology Consolidation project by providing quality assurance, coordinating multiple teams, and leading the communications between all trades.

Rafael Viñoly´s commitment to cutting-edge architecture

Awarded in 2013 by the Society of American Architects, Viñoly is one of the most committed architect in sustainability and innovation in the realm of international architects.  Since 1983 he has been developing many projects from his offices in New York (headquarter), London, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, and Tokyo.

For Novartis, Viñoly designed a project that shines for its sustainability strategy, energy efficiency, and innovation.

His commitment to Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV), as displayed through the largest skylight in the world at Novartis, will certainly make him an undisputed leader in the sector.

The project was carried out using one of the most innovative and ecological techniques in the world, Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass.

Femsa headquarter

Onyx Solar undertook the installation of their photovoltaic glasses through retrofitting onto the façade of Femsa’s headquarter in Monterrey, the largest bottle manufacturer for Coca-Cola in the world. After its installation of Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass, the building has been beneficing with over 5,500 kWh while also eliminating CO2 emission by 2.7 tons. This project is in conjunction with the commitment of Femsa and Coca-Cola for sustainability and corporate responsibility.

The façade consists of a double layer of photovoltaic glass, being the first of its kind in Latin America. The photovoltaic glass modules are made of amorphous silicon technology and in large dimensions. They were designed and manufactured by Onyx Solar to meet each customer´s needs. Furthermore, the purpose was to provide privacy of the interior space while preserving the original aesthetic value of the building. The glasses have a semi-transparency degree of 20% which allows the entry of natural light into the interior, reducing the need for use of artificial lighting and improving the indoor comfort for the occupants.

By using Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass on façades buildings improve its thermal properties. For example,  Onyx Solar’s  photovoltaic low-e glass in warm climates such as Mexico, reduce up to 50% cooling needs compared to a traditional façade insulation, allowing large energy savings. Click  here to download the summary of this research carried out by University of Pais Vasco in collaboration with the Building’s Quality Control Laboratories of the Regional Government.


About Femsa

FEMSA is a leading company in the beverage industry, being the largest Coca-Cola bottle manufacturer in the world and the second largest stakeholder of Heineken. The company has 64 bottling plants and serves more than 346 million consumers through nearly 3 million retailers with more than 120,000 employees worldwide. In addition, the company is part of the Forbes Global 2000 list: the ranking of the 2000 largest companies in the world.

Click here for more information.


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.


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.


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