Pilot project in Singapore to test Heliatek’s BIOPV product

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OPV thin-film firm Heliatek is supplying its ‘HeliaFilm’ substrate to a building integrated organic photovoltaic (BIOPV) project in Singapore that will evaluate its performance and durability in hot and humid climates. 

Heliatek's regional partner, vTrium Energy, will be implementing the test project, which is being supported by Jurong Town Corporation (JTC, Singapore) and SPRING (Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board, Singapore) as part of a programme to create a base for the future energy mix for Singapore. 

The project implementation is expected to start in May 2015 and run for at least 18 months.

“The combination of several HeliaFilm versions and the application in different orientations on various materials makes this project very exciting for us,” said Thibaud Le Séguillon, CEO, Heliatek. “In a relatively short period of time, we are going to get a comprehensive dataset about our solar films' performances in tropical climates.”  

Three different parts of JTC's buildings in Cleantech Park 1 and 2 and Seletar Aerospace walkway will be covered with solar films. 

HeliaFilm substrates are to be combined with various building materials such as on glass, steel and curved polycarbonate. Several versions of HeliaFilm are expected to be used, which include full power opaque, transparent with two different transparency levels (15% and 30%), and different aesthetic colours and combinations are expected to have a peak power of more than 12kWp. 

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