The first demonstration of the novel façade solar thermal collectors of the FITS4E project has been installed at the outdoor testing location SolarBEAT. The project aims to demonstrate façade panels with an invisible thermal solar collector for increased energy harvesting. ‘FITS4E’ focusses at application development, system design, performance testing, demonstration and dissemination. The performance of the panel will be tested for a full year at the outdoor testing facility of SEAC. TNO is the project leader, Emergo is responsible for developing the collector and façade element and AkzoNobel for the smart coating.
What can be done with thin film based BIPV today? And what are the challenges to be solved for a breakthrough in the near future? A new “BIPV Inspiration Wall” has been created by SEAC in close collaboration with the Technical University of Eindhoven and Solliance. The wall is located in the central hall of the solar energy building (HTC-21) at the High Tech Campus.
The wall shows BIPV panels in a variety of shape, size, colour, transparency and flexibility for three key application areas: façade cladding, glazing and lightweight roofs. Information panels address the potential market sizes, the market requirements and the technology gap. As such, the wall inspires employees, residents and visitors into vivid discussions and exchange of ideas!