Germany-based OPV thin-film producer Heliatek has started integrating flexible OPV substrates on a PVC-based membrane used for air dome structures, opening up a new area of Building Integrated Organic Photovoltaics (BIOPV).
The company supplied its ‘HeliaFilm’ flexible thin-film substrates on a PVC-based membrane air dome in Berlin, Germany for PARANET, an air dome manufacturer.
According to Heliatek, the substrate is attached with an integrated mounting on the outer shell on 50 square metres, in 2 x 2 metre squares. The total electrical output is 1.4kWp, typically providing around 5% of the annual energy demand of the air dome.
Erika Wowra, managing director of PARANET Germany said: “With Heliatek's solar films, we will finally be able to offer our customers energy self-sufficient air domes in the future. It was not easy to find a flexible, industry solution for the application on PVC membrane.”
The market launch is planned for 2016.