Heliatek deploys its first large building integrated organic photovoltaic project in Egypt

6/28/16, 2:00 PM -

Heliatek has implemented, with its partner Kandil Steel, its first Building Integrated Organic Photovoltaic (BIOPV) pilot project in Africa. HeliaFilm, Heliatek’s organic solar film, is at the core of this installation in Egypt, which represents a first test project for further steel applications by Kandil Steel.

Installation of HeliaFilm on a Kandil Steel panel.

“I am happy that we are progressing on our global roll out,” states Thibaud Le Séguillon, CEO of Germany based Heliatek. “It is a key step forward in our strategy of providing de-centralized energy generation solutions used directly on buildings all over the world.”

Solar film combined with steel

In this installation, the solar films have a custom length of 2.5m and are combined with steel as an integrated building material. Kandil Steel has chosen opaque and blue HeliaFilm. The development of solar film is carried out by Heliatek in Dresden, Germany and the target is to establish a high volume manufacturing line by 2018.

New product for the BIPV market

The project was funded and managed by Kandil Steel, the leading steel provider in Egypt. The company is working on new solutions for distributed energy generation because of rising energy prices and declining government subsidies. The company plans to establish the combination of its steel panels with HeliaFilm as a new product for the BIPV market.

According to the company Egypt’s hot and sunny weather conditions are ideal for HeliaFilm due to its excellent high temperature performance, leading to high energy harvesting results. Renewable energy is supported in Egypt by both the government and Community. Moreover, this project emphasizes Kandil's vision to provide innovative solutions to its customers as well as keeping its responsibility towards the Environment. (HCN)

About standards for BIPV also read: http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Installation/Standardization-for-Building-Integrated-Modules-and-Solar-Systems-Goes-Ahead