Equipping your home with solar panels, but not at the expense of aesthetics, is a rising trend that the market is starting to offer answers to. Among them are innovative ultra-thin photovoltaic panels for integration into the facades of newly constructed or renovated buildings, or a new system capable of containing up to four panels for installation outside any building or home.

A group of researchers studied the advantages of installing integrated solar systems on existing roofs and facades. Integrated photovoltaics would achieve energy autonomy of up to 87%.

Photovoltaic energy integrated into roofs and facades could produce more than 50% of current electricity demand. A large group of experts from Germany and Switzerland support the benefits of mass deployment of solar buildings. The team is now working to address the main criticisms of these types of plants, namely the economic unsustainability and the lack of aesthetic continuity with the landscape. Based on a series of case studies and a study of solar buildings, researchers from ETH Lausanne, University of St. Gallen, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne and the School of Engineering and Architecture of Friborg have shown that these judgments are completely unfounded.

Thanks to new production processes, photovoltaic energy integrated in buildings has become an innovative and attractive building material in urban and rural areas. The huge variety of colors, textures and formats available today makes possible the flexible integration of modules into roofs and facades – explains Emmanuel Rey, EPF – this applies to all types of buildings and projects renovation, from farms to skyscrapers, from small maintenance work to complete renovation“.

1. Solar awning.
2. Ultra-thin panels for facades.
3. Photovoltaic solar panels integrated in ceramic tiles.
4. The solar blind. Solar blinds.
5. Material which can cool without consuming energy.
6. Roof with integrated Tesla / SolarCity solar cells.
7. “Invisible” solar cells in sight.
8. Solar windows.
9. SolarSkin. Solar panels with changing colors.
10. Photovoltaic solar tiles.
11. Imitation solar panel: photovoltaic blackboard.

Solar awning.

This last option comes from Swedish Solar, a Florida company that has launched this alternative for those who lack roofs or adequate spaces for the installation of panels or, also, for those who hesitate to abandon their terraces because they want to take advantage of this space or because, aesthetically, they are not convinced by conventional facilities.

In response, the engineering team of this firm developed some aluminum and stainless steel frames to hold between one and four panels. In addition to the aesthetic and spatial advantages that this idea brings, its speakers underline its potential for use as a blind because, depending on where it is installed, it can slow down the entry of sunlight into the house. and attenuate the heat derived. prolonged exposure to the sun. On the other hand, these systems which incorporate a remote control device They give great freedom to adjust the angle of the panels, which has an impact on better energy capture.

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Prosol TF: ultra-thin panels for facades.

At the same time, and with a new emphasis on the facades of buildings, the company Schüco has just presented ProSol TF, a proposal that also emphasizes the aesthetics to offer thin-film modules integrated into facades of any type of good to capture, through them, solar energy for the building, with a reduction of CO2 emissions up to 50,000 tonnes per year.

As with the Florida company’s proposal, ProSol TF offers more benefits. Thus, in addition to capturing energy for the building, these oversized silicon panels strengthen the protection of homes against bad weather and also function as acoustic and thermal insulators.

This solution can be integrated into the facades of buildings to be renovated or modernized to make them more energy efficient, as well as in new construction sites. In addition, Schüco panels are distinguished by their integration into facades, their safety and compliance with the requirements of the building envelope.

Photovoltaic solar panels integrated in ceramic tiles.

The Dutch company ZEP BV, which has developed photovoltaic solar panels integrated into ceramic tiles.

The solar blind. Solar blinds.

The solar blind is able to harness the energy of the sun to obtain electricity. The solar cells will adhere to each of the blind slats. The blinds thus become a receiver capable of storing solar energy and converting it into electrical energy.

Material that can cool without consuming energy.

Only 10-20 square meters of this material on the roof could cool a single-family house in the summer.

Roof with integrated Tesla / SolarCity solar cells.

Unlike traditional rooftop solar panels, this new sunroof is an integrated system that eliminates the need for separate solar panels. The photovoltaic cells fit perfectly into the roof giving an attractive and elegant finish.

“Invisible” solar cells in sight.

A new technology patented by Dyaqua, with which innovative photovoltaic modules can be created in different materials that look like real architectural elements.

Solar windows.

Revolutionary windows, which they claim can generate 50 times more energy than conventional solar panels and, more importantly, will soon launch the world’s first flexible photovoltaic glass.

SolarSkin. Solar panels that change color to blend in with any surface.

Sistine Solar will begin selling “SolarSkin” panels, which will blend into the texture of your roof, imitating tiles, slates, wood, tiles or any other material. Solar panels will never look “ugly” on our roofs again.

Photovoltaic solar tiles.

Photovoltaic solar tiles are already a reality that arouses the interest of consumers, more and more seduced by this new technology.

Imitation solar panel: photovoltaic blackboard.

The natural slate solar thermal panel is a functional solution for the production of thermal solar energy without visual pollution.