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Onyx Solar has demonstrated the implementation of its Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) through projects in countries such as the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, and China

 

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The world’s first photovoltaic floor that was installed at the George Washington University. Likewise, the largest photovoltaic skylight in the world was implemented at the headquarters of the pharmaceutical company Novartis in New Jersey. Furthermore, Mexico’s first photovoltaic façade at the headquarters of Coca-Cola/Femsa is yet another milestone set by the company. These and other relevant accomplishments can be found in the new Onyx Solar video available online.

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!

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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.

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.

We interview Enver kolac, who leads with the distribution of our products in Australia by HIFU GROUP

Enver Kolac

1. What inspired you to accept Onyx Solar’s challenge to promote and introduce its photovoltaic constructive solutions in the Australian market?

Onyx Solar is an innovative frontrunner in the research, design and development of photovoltaic glazing materials for building envelopes. Their professionalism and approach to different world markets are to be congratulated.

These technologically ground breaking products offer an aesthetically pleasing integration into any architectural application and are leading the way to a better future. Awarded with many recognitions I’m positive that the road is leading to a very successful and prosperous future.

2. Last March you have been promoting Onyx Solar solutions at The Arc Sydney event. How was your experience?

We were overwhelmed with the interest, positive feedback and enquiries regarding this new and innovative technology. Two months have passed since our first event launch in Sydney and we are still trying to catch up on all requested presentations and architectural information sessions from it. Interestingly the enquiries are coming in from all around the country, which leads us to believe that the product is doing the talking.

Enver Kolac3. It’s now been few months since you started promoting Onyx Solar’s multifunctional solutions, what is your opinion regarding the reaction of architects and designers concerning this new technology?

The Australian market regarding this new and innovative technology (a-Si) is being educated and presented with the abilities of the product. Due to these information sessions, different doors are being opened up and the architects and designers are given a diverse view of thought and brain-storming experience. Thinking outside of the box regarding the photovoltaic technology which they knew till now.

4. As you know, Onyx Solar has designed photovoltaic constructive solutions that achieve the materials and grid parity, assuring a fixed electricity tariff during 25 years, meaning almost the 50% reduction of current Australian electricity cost per Kwh. What do you think about this achievement?

Onyx Solar has achieved a great leap forward, reaching similar level of prices than conventional building materials, which are incapable of generating electricity from the sun. This allows, in countries like Australia, that Onyx Solar’s customers can generate electricity, saving a 50% of their electricity bill!

In the Australian market this is a very big leap forward and a very exciting addition towards the use of this new and innovative technology. Who wouldn’t want to see their investment be paid back while at the same time reducing the footprint of the structure on our environment. This sounds like a very positive win win situation to me.

The passion for a sustainable future and interest in technological innovation to achieve that future lead the way to Onyx Solar. I strongly believe in the saying,“we did not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrowed it from our children”. Interestingly it was an Australian Environmental Minister who first mentioned those words back in 1974 at an OECD meeting in Paris named Moses Henry Cass. 2014, 40 years later the meaning still holds valid as we should do all that we can to hand back this planet that we call home to our children so they can call it home too.

The electricity generated by the photovoltaic glazing offered by Onyx Solar can cost up to 90% less than the electricity bought from the grid

 

Our photovoltaic glass already allows owners to generate free and clean electricity from the sun at a lower cost than the grid and for the next 25 years.

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Grid Parity has arrived to many countries which can already enjoy clean electricity from the sun at a lower cost than the grid. Among them, the USA stands out; on average, each kWh generated out of our glazing is 75% cheaper than the grid.

As an example, the cost of the energy generated by a photovoltaic skylight in New York stands at $0.03 per kWh, while the cost of electricity from the grid is $0.14/kWh representing a 75% cut in energy costs for buildings in the City. On top of that, even for those states where the electricity is cheaper, such as Texas, the electricity generated by using a photovoltaic glazing is up to 60% more economic. Imagine in countries like UK, Germany, Italy or Spain where the cost of electricity is above 0,17€ per kWh.

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In Onyx Solar we are fully committed to R&D activities and this has allowed us optimizing our production costs. We can contribute to the mass deployment of our products in all countries. In this sense, we must highlight that we are talking about a photovoltaic glass which is, on average, as price competitive as a non active glass, with the free electricity generation as a plus. That electricity is generated where most needed, within buildings in our cities.

It is not longer an utopia talking about greenhouse gas emission reductions or an energy model based on 100% renewable energy sources by 2050. We are already experiencing a brand new industrial revolution, the energy revolution and the low carbon economy. Welcome to the revolutionyx.

The current energy model, which is based on finite sources of fuel, is totally unsustainable. The increasing worldwide energy demand is reducing fossil reserves drastically while the environmental impact of these sources will make it a most hostile environment for the generations to come; on top of it, electricity prices keep growing, such as in Spain, where the cost of the electricity has increased by 60% over the last five years.

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This glazing shows the same characteristics than a traditional Low-E glass with the ability of generating free electricity from the sun

At Onyx Solar we know that the cheapest energy is the energy that is not consumed. For that reason our photovoltaic glass besides offering free electricity from the sun, provide thermal and sound insulation, filter out UV and IR harmful radiation and allow daylight.

Low-e PV Glass

Let us introduce you the main technical properties of the first Low-E photovoltaic glass in the market:

· U-Value: up to 0,13 BTU/hft2Fª ( 0,74W/m2K)
· Solar Factor or SHGC: from 10 to 40%, which makes our photovoltaic glass a perfect candidate in order to achieve a suitable balance between inner temperature and HVAC energy savings.
· Selective UV and IR Harmful Radiation Filter: it filters 85 to 95% out of the total infrared radiation and 99% of the ultraviolet radiation.
· Light Transmission: transparency levels ranging from 10 to 30%, which allow the entry of natural light.
· Exterior Reflection: from 7 to 9% Low-e PV Glass- Technical Guide

For additional information about our Low-E photovoltaic glass, we have prepared the following document, which is already available for downloading by clicking here: Low-E Photovoltaic Glass Technical Guide.

The fist congress for REELCOOP, an research and development project partaken by Onyx Solar, will be held in Rabat, Morocco, next April, 11th, 2014

REELCOOP

The REELCOOP project belongs to the 7th European Comission Framework Programme and it investigates new renewable energy technologies and sources with the aim of promote cooperation among Universities, Technological Centers and private companies in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Onyx Solar participates in a consortium integrated by 15 partners lead by the Oporto University.

Among the technologies boosted by REELCOOP, photovoltaic solar energy, concentrated solar power, thermal energy, bioenergy and integrative energy network systems are the main topics to be addressed during this first international congress.

Onyx Solar new project, the Viracopos-Campinas International Airport in Sao Paulo, will represent the largest project for the company in South America

Onyx Solar, world leading company in the design and manufacture of photovoltaic glass for Building Integrated Photovoltaic solutions, has been awarded a new project in Brazil by Consorcio Construtor Viracopos, general contractor of the Viracopos-Campinas International Airport in Sao Paulo.

Aeropuerto Brasil

We will be supplying the airport 4,100 units of cutting edge, semi transparent insulating photovoltaic glass to create 33 photovoltaic skylights over the roof of the new state of the art terminal of the airport.

The total photovoltaic skylight area will surpass 33,000 Sqft while the installed power will reach 117 kWp; in this sense, the new terminal which is under construction and planned to be completed by May 2014 will be benefited by the multifunctional properties offered by Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass: natural light, sun control, IV/IR filter, thermal & sound insulation, free energy onsite and innovative design.

With this new innovative construction, Viracopos Airport is expected to serve 15 million of passengers and become one of the largest and most modern airport of South America. Its strategic location, just sixty miles from Sao Paulo will make it a key new infrastructure to receive thousands of 2014 FIFA World Cup fans.

Consorcio Construtor Viracopos counted also on world leader NACO Netherlands Airport Consultants to win this USD 2.2 billion project which thanks to its energy efficient design and innovative approach will become a reference for others to follow.

Take advantage on our expertise in Building Integrated Photovoltaic Engineering Services

Engineering Services

Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) offers to architects and other construction industry professionals exciting market opportunities and innovative designs.

Our BIPV Engineering and Architectural Services help our clients to successfully develop BIPV installations in all steps they need: conceptual, functional and detailed design; including the election of the best photovoltaic solution, estimation of energy generation or electrical design, among others.

Many relevant BIPV projects have already trusted on our Engineering Services. Check out our Professional Experience Book.

Onyx Solar has created a new section in its website called “all you need” with free access to BIPV key information

 

All you needThe “all you need” section will make it much easier for the community to specify and install our photovoltaic glazing.

There you will have full and free access to key information such as a complete technical guide with glass specs and cads, case studies of our main projects, constructive details for your curtain wall or façade system, photovoltaic installation guide or even some useful tools such as the photovoltaic production tool or the U value metric tool. All you need for your project just in one click.

 

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