Solar energy collection systems go far beyond conventional panels and even building facades. What if all bus shelter awnings were, in addition to protections for travelers, renewable energy production systems? The possibility is real, because the technology that allows you to install photovoltaic awnings and pergolas.
Onyx Solar, a company specializing in photovoltaic glass with headquarters and production plant in Ávila, has realized the potential of these spaces and, with them in mind, has designed a constructive solution that not only protects from outside, but also while capturing the sun’s energy.
it’s about the photovoltaic pergolas, which provide shade, protect against bad weather and harmful solar rays. However, since they are made entirely from the photovoltaic glass that this company sells, a simple bus stop can supply adjacent buildings or transfer the captured energy to the electrical network, continuing with the previous example.
Car parks, transport stations, walkways, building entrances, parks and leisure areas are just a few examples of places that could benefit from the installation of this type of photovoltaic pergolas, a very versatile and also fully customizable solution. Yes indeed, this technology is adapted to the needs of each project in areas such as dimensions, slopes or wind loads, aspects which are decisive for the design of one of these structures.
At their epicenter, Onyx photovoltaic glass, which comes in two forms: a-Si (amorphous silicon) or c-Si (crystalline silicon). The latter is the one generally used in pergolas and stands out for offering superior efficiency compared to the other option, which has its strengths in aesthetics and in its performance in diffused light conditions.
With experience in more than 150 projects, this company, which has already opened offices in the United States and China, has installed pergolas and photovoltaic canopies for brands like Samsung, who have opted for one of these pergolas. for the entrances to Tanjong Pagar Tower in Singapore. Union City Station in San Francisco also shows, in practice, the result of solutions from a company that has made it possible to walk on solar power, among other innovations.