Solar power is one of the cleanest and most efficient means of generating renewable energy and undoubtedly the future of global electricity production. Every hour enough solar energy from the sun hits the Earth’s surface to satisfy the global energy needs for an entire year, on average this equates to 1,400W per square metre.
Typically, glass solar panel technology has widely been used to capture this energy and convert it into useable electricity that can then be used to power the home.
In recent years however, there has been a distinct and growing movement away from conventional retrofitted solar panel systems towards integrated solutions that are far more architecturally compatible. These solutions are known as BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) and Solarmass is proud to be at the forefront of this exciting renewable technology movement.
It is now widely recognised that building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) represents the natural step in the progression of sustainable building philosophy, and that in most cases, roof surfaces provide the best solar exposure opportunity due to their advantageous irradiation harnessing capacity. It is therefore essential to consider the buildings integration potential at the earliest stages of design conception.
The existing process of constructing buildings and then adding on obtrusive, unattractive renewable energy systems that are at odds with the architecture is neither a good use of material resources nor does it achieve the best aesthetic, functional or cost effective outcomes.
The concept of integrating photovoltaic elements into the building fabric is one of the most promising and elegant ways of producing on-site solar based electricity and contributes significantly to achieving truly sustainable building design, improving BREEAM and LEED performance and satisfying stricter planning and building regulations.
Conventional revenue static materials are strategically replaced, creating a symbiotic relationship between the architectural design, structure and multi-functional properties of the building materials with the added benefit of generating clean renewable energy.
These advantages make BIPV one of the fastest growing segments of the photovoltaic industry with market experts estimating that the demand for BIPV will increase at more than 50% annually over the next few years.
Across North America, Africa and Europe in particular, the BIPV market is rapidly gaining popularity and becoming a high growth sector. Solarmass intends to remain at the forefront by being one of the most reliable, attractive and affordable options within this market and providing customers with a truly aesthetic, fully integrated solar system that compliments the design of the home.
As a highly efficient and reliable source of clean energy, the Ergosun solar roof tile system is an ideal solution to compliment various energy efficient appliances, renewable technology systems as well as more conventional household features, and provide the power needed to operate them.
In a typical household, more than half the money spent on energy bills goes towards regulating temperature, either providing heating and hot water or air conditioning. As energy costs rise, having an efficient and cost effective heating or cooling system is an essential asset, and it’s also one of the main steps you can take to reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.
By combining technologies and ensuring that the building envelope itself is as highly insulated as possible, the environmental credentials of the property will be enhanced and the overall running costs reduced.