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The Green Sports Alliance has bestowed the award to Miami Heat and their American Airlines Arena

 

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Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass has been decisive for securing the award. It enables the stadium to generate nearly 34,500 kWh, allowing it to become the first LEED Gold certified sports center in the United States.

The amorphous silicon photovoltaic glass employed was tailor-made, and set on 14 circular skylights situated at the entrance of the building. The design allows the Miami Heat to use light effects in order to generate a spectacular atmosphere in which to indulge in events and victories.

Onyx Solar participated in the first project meeting, held in the headquarters of the French National Solar Energy Institute, located next to Chambéry.

 

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The European Project PVSITES aims to improve building integrated photovoltaic technology, through the demonstration of an ambitious portfolio of new technologies and systems capable of complying with the latest market demands.

During the meeting, the partners established the next steps towards these new solutions ensuring outstanding flexibility in design and increased performance.

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Onyx Solar has integrated its photovoltaic glass in a high-end residence in California.

 

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The photovoltaic glass has been integrated in the form of a skylight covering an indoor swimming pool.  The skylight has a unique slide-like shape, thanks to the curved wooden structure on which the nearly 72 photovoltaic glass modules rest.

Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass increases the comfort of building users by enhancing thermal and acoustic isolation, while filtering out most of the harmful solar radiation. It also lets enjoy gorgeous views from the swimming pool, due to its 20% semi-transparency degree (L vision).

The prestigious consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded Onyx Solar the “2016 Global Building Integrated Photovoltaic Glass Technology Leadership Award”

Onyx Solar®´s founders attended a gala held on June 29th in LondoFrost&Sullivann to receive the award handed by Frost & Sullivan’s representatives. They thanked the awarders for recognizing Onyx Solar®´s focus on technological innovation, which has allowed the company to become, in just 6 years, the global leader in the manufacture of photovoltaic glass for buildings. A disruptive innovation that will help save our planet by decisively reducing greenhouse gases emissions.

The award recognizes Onyx Solar®’s succesful trajectory, through which it has already executed more than 70 projects in 25 countries all over the world. In addition, it has collaborated with prestigious architectural firms like Foster, SOM or Vinoly, in projects for clients as important as Samsung, Coca-Cola or Novartis.

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Onyx Solar® participated in the 5th project meeting ,which took place from May 24th to 26th in Genoa, coinciding with the Genova Smart Week.

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The European project R2CITIES aims to develop and demonstrate replicable strategies for large scale district renovation projects for achieving nearly zero energy cities. Under this scope, the retrofit works for 4 de Marzo district (Valladolid) will begin this year and Onyx Solar® will participate by implementing energy efficiency and sustainable urban mobility measures such as the photovoltaic parking lot, used for covering different energy demands as the charge of electric vehicles.

Onyx Solar®´s semi-transparent glass lets you enjoy gorgeous views from the inside of a building – all while generating energy.

 

Onyx Solar® has implemented its low-e amorphous silicon photovoltaic glass in the façade of a governmental building in Malta. The project entailed the manufacturing of 124 glass modules, fully customized with regards to size and shape.

The glass has a semi-transparency degree of 20% (L-vision) and allows the passage of natural daylight, but it filters harmful solar radiation and prevents the greenhouse effect from emerging in interiors – improving its occupants’ comfort.

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Onyx Solar® hosted in the city of Avila, from May 13th to 15th, recognized European partners for the development of last generation photovoltaic applications.

 

The meeting concluded with a tour to Onyx Solar® facilities where the latest project advances were presented to the project partners, including prestigious laboratories and research centers such as VTT, Fraunhofer or IMEC.

The European FP7 project ArtESun aims to develop highly efficient organic solar cells (OPV) with an increased lifetime and a decreased production cost. Onyx Solar® assumes a decisive role in the project, as coordinator of three real-scale demonstrators including OPV for building integration.

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The photovoltaic integration is a great solution to achieve the green building requirement of your building. Here we show an easy example of photovoltaic integration by combination of Photovoltaic Skylight + Curtain Wall. Considering a typical office building of 1,000 sqm of use area, we can assume 180 kWh/sqm/year of the average building energy demand. Taken into account 40% of this energy corresponds to electricity energy, we would have 72 kWh/sqm/year of electricity demand.

Imagine the office has the green building direction to provide minimum 45% of the electricity demand from a renewable energy source, which means 2,700 kWh/month for our example.

This report explains how the combination of the photovoltaic integration in Skylight + Curtain Wall can help to comply with the green building requirement related to renewable energy source. The photovoltaic system integrated in skylight shown on Table 1 provides an important amount of energy during the summer but during winter months, due to sun’s path, the performance is lower than the given requirement of minimum monthly energy demand.

In these cases, the addition to the photovoltaic system of a photovoltaic facade integration helps to comply with the requirement thanks to its important performance during winter months. The facade integration, specially south facade as it has been study on this report on table 2, incorporate to the photovoltaic system enough energy during the winter months to reach the minimum requirement. What is more, provide more homogenous output energy during the whole year, as it is presented on the total photovoltaic system output on Table 3.

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Integrating our photovoltaic glass, building owners in the US are able to save the 30% of the installation costs.

 

The solar investment tax credits (ITC) allows building owners in the US to get a 30% tax credit for the total cost of their photovoltaic glass installation, including the mechanical installation costs needed to install both photovoltaic and conventional glass in the buildings.

These tax credits can be either used to offset the owner´s federal tax liability or transferred to a corporate investor in the secondary market for a profit. Investing in our photovoltaic glass is already highly attractive, reaching a payback as low as few months and an internal rate of return up to 100% in several American cities.

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