The integration of solar energy into architecture now has one more solution on the market. It is a new photovoltaic tile.

From “invisible” solar panels that become works of art, to photovoltaic tiles that mimic traditional tiles, the Italian company Invent continues to work on creations that combine aesthetics and high technology. An increasingly fundamental marriage for BiPV: the construction of an integrated photovoltaic sector.

Recent European research has estimated that integrated photovoltaic energy has the potential to produce more than 50% of the current demand for electricity in the Old Continent, providing both economic and purely visual benefits.

The enormous variety of colors, textures and formats available today allows the modules to be flexibly integrated into urban architecture in perfect aesthetic combination with the landscape. According to the scientists, authors of the study, depending on the type of building, the system and the installation method, it is possible to achieve an autonomy of up to 87% for buildings renovated with solar energy.

How does photovoltaic soil work?

Floor, the photovoltaic flooring system developed by Invent with proprietary technology, fits perfectly into this permanent search for beauty and functionality. The floor is a floating floor system, that is, it is installed in an elevated position relative to the surface to be covered, made up of photovoltaic panels on which you can walk. The glass covering them is tempered with a special process that makes it non-slip and able to withstand a weight of 200 kg per square meter (but the company is already working on a version with a larger capacity).

At the heart of each tile are 24 solar cells, for a power of 100/120 W depending on the color.

Its design allows more modularity and creativity in the panel assembly phase and an excellent aesthetic result.

The units of 70 × 103 cm each, can be composed at will and easily installed thanks to the use of an adjustable mechanical support, which keeps them away from the ground at a height of between 3.5 and 5 cm. The electrical connections are housed in the space between the floor and the tiles, making the components easily accessible for inspection, maintenance and intervention. And potentially reduce installation, cleaning and maintenance costs compared to conventional roofing systems.

During installation, they are connected to an optimization system that improves the performance of the panels in the event of shade, by modulating their productivity according to the exposure.

This technological development – the company adds – allows illuminated tiles to maintain 100% performance, while those in the shadow zone will produce less energy. As soon as they turn back on, energy production will be optimized until it reaches 100% again.

Floor® by Invent thus makes it possible to transform inert floors into active and sustainable systems. Suitable for outdoor use both in private contexts – residential and corporate – as well as in public places such as shopping centers or squares, the flooring system does not forget the care of the aesthetic.

Invent has developed six different finishes, which can be mixed and matched at will to produce monochrome designs or create customizable graphic effects and patterns. It incorporates an LED lighting system which is inserted into the installation profiles to illuminate the floor. The solution will allow you to enjoy the system even at night, giving additional functionality and beauty to this photovoltaic floor.

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