Artikelen door Chris Tzikas

Prefab PVT roof elements operational at SolarBEAT

Within the innovation project “PVT inSHaPe”, the company Solartech installed two prefab PVT elements on the SEAC  research facility SolarBEAT. These PVT elements generate both solar heat and solar electricity from the same roof area. In the PVT inSHaPe project, we investigate the use of these elements in combination with a heat pump for space […]

Smart semi-transparent energy generating PV windows

A demonstration façade, composed of transparent PV windows produced by Sunpartner Technologies, has recently been created in the framework of the Interreg project “PV OpMaat”. In this project, a consortium of companies among which Eigenergie.net, NBArchitecten, TGM, Insulation Solutions and Isover work together with SEAC and Solliance on innovative PV solutions for the building industry. […]

Solar façade makes this social housing project energy neutral !

The solar façade for a social housing apartment building in Best (Noord Brabant) has been finalized. The so called “de Willem en de Zwijger” are among the first zero-energy apartment complexes in The Netherlands. The five floors high, 48 apartment twin buildings comprise an innovative, energy efficient, affordable and aesthetically pleasing alternative to conventional social […]

Voorbereidingen Solar Highways in volle gang

Deze zomer wordt bij Uden langs de A50 een innovatief bifaciaal zonne-energie opwekkend geluidsscherm gebouwd. Voor de realisatie van dit project, Solar Highways, zijn Rijkswaterstaat en opdrachtnemer Heijmans volop bezig met het afronden van onderzoeken, het aanvragen van de omgevingsvergunning en het bouwrijp maken van de locatie. Na oplevering wordt gedurende 18 maanden de energieopbrengst […]

Is it a good idea to make PV modules with 960 small cells?

At the SEAC outdoor research facility SolarBEAT a test program started aimed at special PV modules consisting of a large amount of small PV cells. The PV cells are down to 1/16th of the normal size. The idea behind it is that these modules perform much better in non-ideal situations in the built environment, where […]

HRsolar wint Innovation Award 2018 voor duurzame warmte

Vanochtend is op de beurs Duurzaam Verwarmd de Innovation Award 2018 uitgereikt aan HRsolar voor hun revolutionaire dunne esthetische zonthermische collector genaamd Nero. Zonthermische collectoren zijn over het algemeen te groot en te dik om makkelijk naast PV panelen te integreren in een dak. De nieuwe Nero collector heeft de dikte en grootte van een […]

Colored and textured PV panels: a new approach for aesthetic façade PV applications

Regulations for the energy performance of buildings in Europe are becoming more demanding. This requires innovative approaches for integration of solar energy in the building skin. At the same time, especially for façades, the aesthetic appearance is crucial and the architectural demands are posing a challenge for PV developers. The prototype demonstrator was built within […]

A thinner solar thermal collector for building integration with PV

Aesthetic integration of solar energy products in the roofs of dwellings is important to achieve a good social acceptance and a high market potential. Several solutions for building integrated PV (BIPV) are available on the market, however, a very limited number of solutions for integration of covered solar thermal collectors are available. Currently, covered solar […]

Roadmap for PV systems and applications in The Netherlands

Solar electricity generation (PV) is playing a substantial role in the energy transition. It is expected that PV can supply 25% to 30% of the energy demand in The Netherlands in 2050. Already in 2030 we expect to reach the 50 GWp installed capacity. In order to guide the route towards this goal, it is […]

Ever wondered about the cost of cleaning a solar PV system?

Soiling can be a substantial loss factor for PV installations. Cleaning the solar system is the most common solution to mitigate soiling losses, but it comes with a cost… Marco Cappa, a graduate student at SEAC from the TU/e, studied the cost of cleaning PV systems. This study was performed in the framework of the […]