Photovoltaic: duly collecting solar radiation

Photovoltaic: duly collecting solar radiation

Photovoltaics (PV) is the name of a method of converting solar energy into direct current electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect, a phenomenon commonly studied in physics, photochemistry, and electrochemistry.



A photovoltaic system employs solar panels composed of a number of solar cells to supply usable solar power.

“In the course of this year, the Sun will shine down onto the Earth four thousand times more energy than we will consume. By duly collecting the solar radiation, we can obtain heat and electricity. Heat is produced by heat collectors, and electricity, by means of photovoltaic surfaces.”—

Arquitectura Inteligente

Building-integrated solutions // Integrated technology

Guangzhou South Railway Station, China

BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) – worldwide recognizable combination of letters. Here glass meets solar energy for creating unique and innovative concepts in modern architecture.

Worldwide energy consumption is on the rise, as a result of which fossil fuels are being exhausted at an alarming rate, therefore the expenses are growing as well. Renewable energy resources are not only solving this problem – a new, energetic, vital, smart, clean and aesthetical environment is being created. With implementation of sustainable building-integrated PV solutions, this makes the most of the sun’s huge potential in an aesthetically pleasing manner, wherever energy is consumed.

Gare de perpignan

Sustainable energy generation and energy efficiency are important topics when it comes to new-build projects and renovation of existing buildings. Often, conventional PV (photovoltaic) solutions do not fit in with the design of a building and, in relative terms, take up a lot of space, for example, PV modules are often used as a roof coverage or separate objects on the roof and a special mounting system is also needed.

BIPV (Building-integrated Photovoltaics) solutions provide an answer for integrating solar power into the shell of the building as PV glass or façade elements. The versatility of our products renders everything possible.

The products are custom-made up to 2 x 3.5 metres in size, providing you optimum flexibility. In addition, all shapes are possible, from square to triangular and circular.

BIPV solutions fulfil both the wishes of architects in terms of aesthetics and the strict requirements of installers and facade builders in relation to the construction of buildings or equipment:

  • provide sustainability to surfaces in the built environment;
  • protect from the sun, wind and heat, and produce green energy for personal consumption or delivery to the network;
  • provide façades with a modern and contemporary ‘face’;
  • due to sustainable functionality, have a proven positive effect on productivity and quality of life for residents/users.

Photovoltaic market with photovoltaic products’ supply and demand range is expanding, never stopping architecture as well. Thanks to this ambivalent experience, we can provide you with extensive advice on the subject of BIPV solutions. The issue of when and how BIPV solutions can be used does not have a straightforward, ready-made answer.We will be happy to support you in this regard by providing detailed information on PV and glass.


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