Solar Age: new database for solar buildings
For an increasing number of new and renovated buildings, solar generators make a significant contribution to the power supply. Improved storage options for solar power and falling costs for solar systems further reinforce this trend. In Europe, for example, the construction of additional photovoltaic systems increased by 28 % between 2016 and 2017. The market for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) is promising. It is estimated that in Europe it could eventually exceed 5 billion euros by 2020.
The new web portal www.solarage.eu offers a comprehensive overview of the wide variety of buildings that are and can be equipped with PV systems. The B2B portal for solar architecture was launched as part of the BIPV Forum in Bad Staffelstein last week. In it, architects, building planners, builders and the property sector can find out more about new solar products and model reference objects of solar architecture.
At time of launch: 50 solar buildings in the database
The focus of the service is a worldwide database of buildings of all kinds with on-roof generators, in-roof systems or solar façades. At the time of launch of the web portal, around 50 buildings were listed. Each building is presented with a brief description and a detailed dossier. The database will be extended and supplemented weekly.
So far, 320 products related to building with solar have been listed
In addition to the example buildings, the portal also provides the B2B target groups with a database of solar products, which already features 320 entries and which will be constantly updated and developed. Extensive dossiers on integrated solar generators, lightning protection, fire protection and self-consumption of electricity in the building further complement the range of services offered.
B2B portal in German and English
Furthermore, subscribers are provided with numerous tips, information, planning tools and checklists. The service is available in German and English. Editor-in-chief Sven Ullrich is responsible for content on the website www.solarage.eu. Heiko Schwarzburger from Berlin is the publisher and editor. Both are distinguished journalists specialising in photovoltaics and solar architecture.
Strong partners supporting Solar Age
Solar Promotion, who among other activities have been hosting the BIPV forum through their subsidiary Conexio, act as a project partner for Solar Age. Another supporter is Alfons W. Gentner Verlag, a publishing house specialised in technical B2B information and services and publisher of PV Europe. The project is also supported by the Sector Association Photovoltaic Austria and the Allianz BIPV.
Solarwatt supports the new portal as a Gold Partner. They offer high-performance glass-glass panels, the in-roof system Easy-In and DC-connected storage units for private and commercial buildings.SolarInvert from are a Silver Partner. The company manufactures and sells specialised low-voltage inverters for solar façades and roof-top generators as well as storage systems. Solar Age's media partners are the PR agency Krampitz Communications, who have been specialising in energy and technology topics since 2004, as well as the specialist publications photovoltaik and PV Europe. (HCN)
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