Revolutionary facade cladding with solar PV cells at the Kamp C house
At Kamp C, the provincial Center for Sustainability and Innovation in construction, the 3D-printed concrete house was finished with the latest generation of solar photovoltaic facade cladding.
Smart facade with solar energy
Anyone visiting the provincial center cannot miss it: spread over 35 solar panels, the image of the 3D concrete printer is displayed on the façade meters high. Pixasolar's freedom of design has inspired us to immortalize the 3D concrete printer with the house, explains Emiel Ascione, project manager at Kamp C.
Disguised as facade cladding, the Pixasolar solar panels do not detract from the design of the home. On the contrary: the inkjet-printed solar panels add an aesthetic, architectural added value.
The unique design of the solar panels does not go unnoticed. Earlier this year Pixasolar was awarded the Red Dot Design Award. The panels received this award based on the design, functionality, and innovative character of the panels.
The energy facade at Kamp C distinguishes itself in terms of construction and technology. No fewer than seven patents confirm the unique character of the facade structure.
The Pixasolar solar panels consist of sustainable monocrystalline solar cells with high efficiency. The solar cells are optimally processed and connected to achieve maximum yield in all circumstances. The solar cells are enclosed at the top and bottom in a complex of layered, thermally sealed PVB safety glass. The glass treatment, the optimized cell layout, and the edge sealing of the solar panels are internationally patented.
In addition, the facade insulation system with an integrated control structure is also European patented. The ready-to-use insulation panels make it possible to insulate and adjust the facade extra quickly and efficiently. At the same time, they form a fireproof supporting structure on which to mount the solar panels.
The facade at Kamp C is the result of the good cooperation between Heliartec, Cooperio, Strikolith, and AFS International. They were able to unite their complementary products into one strong energy-efficient facade concept. Ecopuur, as a specialist in renewable energy technologies, was responsible for the installation. Believing that the demand for energy facades will increase sharply, the company is investing in extra manpower to be able to realize the Belgian projects
With the installation of an energy facade on the 3D-printed demo home, Kamp C is once again presenting a world first. The surface and orientation of the roof did not allow for solar panels to be placed on it. That is why it was decided to finish the well-oriented facade with aesthetic solar panels
The facade, composed of a highly insulating and fireproof insulation system in combination with the photovoltaic facade cladding, limits energy consumption and at the same time generates energy. The façade cladding, consisting of 35 panels will generate 4,241 kWh of solar energy annually. This covers the full energy requirement of the house. As a result, the facade will fully pay for itself in the coming years.