The PV solar system installed at the Copenhagen International school, once finished, will be not only one of the largest in Denmark, but certainly, one of the most beautiful. 12,000 colored solar glass panels, produced by Emirates Insolaire, a joint venture established in November 2013 by Dubai Investments PJSC and SwissINSO Holding Inc., will be integrated into the façade of the building.
The construction has already started; it is expected to be finished in June. The system is expected to produce about 300 MW/h per year, supplying more than half of the schools annual electricity consumption. The project falls within the scope of the memorandum of understanding signed between UAE and Denmark to boost cooperation in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability.
In January this year, Emirates Insolaire presented its Kromatix colored solar panels and photovoltaic modules at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi. According to the manufacturer, Kromatix modules are capable of generating 170 to 190 watt per square meter for roof or 110 to 130 watt per square meter for facades. The company announced that it is expecting sales of 50,000 square meters of solar panels and 10,000 pieces of colored modules during 2016.
Emirates Insolaires end-market demand is hitting rapid growth levels almost every quarter, the companys managing partner Rafic Hanbali said at the presentation in Abu Dhabi.
Last year, Emirates Insolaire completed three colored solar installations: a 12 kW project on the façade of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologys (EPFLs) ELL building in Lausanne, Switzerland, a 24 kW BIPV system in Basel, Switzerland; and a solar thermal project in Satteins, Austria.
In an interview with pv magazine, Rafic Hanbali commented on the completed projects and highlighted the main advantages of the Emirates Insolaires BIPV solutions, such as less demand on horizontal required space:
The same installed power would have required, if installed only on the ground or on a roof, an area 3 to 4 times larger, said Hanbali. This is, in addition to aesthetics, [demonstrates] the considerable advantage of our technology for the cities, which cannot offer enough ground and roof areas for their energy needs."
As announced at WFES in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Insolaire continues to receive enquiries for its panels from the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Lebanon, as well as from Europe, Asia, the U.S., and Brazil, among others.