Onyx Solar has developed the largest photovoltaic glass modules in the world!
Onyx Solar has leaded the European Project ADVANCED BIPV, which aimed to increase the competitiveness of building integrated photovoltaics technology. In order to adapt to the newest architectural trends and satisfy the increasingly demanding market, Onyx Solar keeps working towards innovation searching for state-of-the-art solutions and developing a new generation of photovoltaic glass.
As a result of this project, and putting the focus on increasing the size of glass units, Onyx Solar has succeeded in manufacturing extra-large format pieces of over 13 x 6.5 feet with high mechanical resistance. The largest pv glass modules of the world! Likewise, the company has reached as well within this project an outstanding increased level of transparency in photovoltaic glass.
These significant milestones in the field take building integrated photovoltaic glass one step further.
Onyx Solar stands by its commitment to the strictest safety standards, making the company become a true benchmark.
Onyx Solar’s glass based on thin film technology has obtained the certification according to the standard UL 1703 & ULC/ORD-C1703: “Standard for Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Modules and Panels”. An outstanding hit in this sector! No other company had been able to certified according to this standard large-size pieces of semitransparent glass such as the ones Onyx Solar manufactures.
In addition, TÜV NORD lab has certified Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass in crystalline technology according to the standard IEC 61215:2005 “Crystalline Silicon Terrestrial Photovoltaic (PV) Modules – Design Qualification and Type Approval” and IEC61730 2004:1&2 “Photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification – -Part 1: Requirements for construction & Part 2: Requirements for testing”.
The LUCIA building of the University of Valladolid has become the most sustainable building in Europe and all the Northern Hemisphere, due to aspects such as energy savings and respect for the environment.
This building, clear example of sustainable architecture, integrates two photovoltaic skylights and a curtain wall. These means for energy generation employ the first transparent Low-e PV glass made of amorphous silicon, manufactured by Onyx Solar.
With an installed power capacity of 6k Wp it generates 5,550k Wh of electricity yearly and prevents the release of 3.7 tons of CO2. This paradigm of energetic efficiency saves up to 60% of power consumption. No wonder it has achieved the LEED Platinum certification.
Onyx Solar has been awarded by the German CleanTech Institute as the “Most Innovative Application” for the Tanjong Pagar project.
The German CleanTech Institute aims to boost photovoltaic and electrical energy storage installations, recognizing the work carried out by the most forward-thinking companies of this sector.
Onyx Solar took part in the Tanjong Pagar project with the integration of a large pv pergola of 28,000 SqFt (2,600 Sqm) at the entrance of the building. The Tanjong Pagar, the tallest building in Singapore, has obtained the Platinum LEED certification. Its pergola by Onyx Solar features 850 amorphous silicon pv glass modules with a semi-transparency degree of 10%.
An outstanding project that has achieved worldwide recognition.
Onyx Solar® has been awarded a contract to supply 60,000 Sqft of semi-transparent photovoltaic glass for Somerset Development’s Bell Works Complex in Holmdel, New Jersey.
The project is part of the complete revitalization of the two-million-square-foot former Bell Labs facility into an iconic mixed-use, innovative metroburb.
The photovoltaic skylight will replace the existing glass, maintaining the original aesthetics of this Eero Saarinen’s architectural gem. A total of 3,200 units will be fabricated by Onyx Solar, and once it is completed, it will be the largest photovoltaic skylight in the world.
The new skylight, that will naturally illuminate the building while generate free and clean electricity from the sun, is not only aesthetically pleasant but also affordable. According to Ralph Zucker, President of Somerset Development, the economics of replacing the existing glass with photovoltaic glass was shockingly affordable”. To learn more about it, please, view the video here: https://vimeo.com/203111881
The Council of the European Union recognizes Onyx Solar® as an inspiring example in innovation for the rest of European companies.
Onyx Solar® is the leader in Research & Development within the Building Integrated Photovoltaics field in Europe, with more than 8 projects that have received funding and support from the European Commision.
One of the most significant milestones was being granted by the Advanced BIPV project, corresponding to the call SME Instrument phase II. This project, currently ongoing, aims to increase the competitiveness of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) technology by means of developing a new generation of photovoltaic glazing, satisfying the well-defined market demanded architectural trends.
Onyx Solar has been working to offer yet another solar architectural solution: photovoltaic glass made entirely in metallic colour.
Onyx manufactures the first low-e glass with photovoltaic properties launched on the market, a glass able to reduce the cost of electricity down to $0.01 kWh. To meet its customer’s needs, the company manufacture 100% customized pv glass that puts together both sustainability and design. Thanks to its outstanding properties, Onyx’s glass was awarded The Most Innovative Glass Product in 2015 by the National Glass Association of the U.S.
This metallic look adds up a new choice to the already wide variety of colours offered by Onyx Solar.
Rushlight Events awards organizations that are leading the way in clean technology innovation and sustainable solutions.
The Rushlights Awards recognize the hard work towards sustainable innovations carried on by all the candidates that participate in this yearly event. This organization is one of the leading provider of key events in this sector with major cleantech stakeholders.
Onyx Solar® was honoured with the Rushlight Solar Award in this year’s ceremony. The organization recognized the company’s path as the lider in the building integrated photovoltaic glass sector.