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Development and demonstration of flexible multifunctional ETFE module for architectural façade lighting

Objective

The overall objective of the ETFE-MFM Proposal is the development, evaluation and demonstration of a flexible multifunctional ETFE module for architectural façade lighting. The aim of this proposal is to provide a PV module with embedded additional functionalities designed to be used in ETFE textile architecture for BIPV applications.

ETFE-MFM concept is based on the integration of different technologies creating a self-contained building element formed by: ETFE architecture, photovoltaic (PV) technology, illumination devices and flexible integrated circuits (IC). This new concept of multifunctional PV module will be able to work as a stand-alone or grid connected system. The solar energy supplied to the lighting devices will open new architectural façade lighting possibilities due to saving cost in the high energetic demand requested by this type of devices.

The basic idea behind the development of ETFE-MFM is to enhance the use of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) elements in construction industry, as well as to provide new architectural façade lighting possibilities. The ETFE-MFM basic principles represent relevant innovative elements which are based on the combination of:

- A novel attractive textile architecture based on ETFE as building material. The physical characteristics of ETFE allow construction cost savings by reducing greatly the weight of the structure whilst providing the same or even higher level of stability.

- PV device, which acts as an electrical generator and shading during daylight, and supply the energy requested by the façade lighting devices at night, reducing the overall energy costs of the building.

- Illumination devices, based on LED-RGB and OLED technologies, embedded on the module.

- Flexible IC, which acts as individual module control of the PV device, providing the maximum power point (MPP) of the cells, as well as the control of the LED devices through wireless technology.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2012-2
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

FUNDACION ITMA
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Asturias
33428 Llanera
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Gómez (Dr.)

Participants (5)

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Paris Torres (Mr.)
FUNDACION CENER
Spain
Address
Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 7
31621 Sarriguren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elena Arbizu (Ms.)
GREENOVATE ! EUROPE
Belgium
Address
Rue D Arlon 63-65
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Katharina Krell (Ms.)
SOLARION AG
Germany
Address
Ostende
Leipzig
Administrative Contact
Gabriela Menzel (Mrs.)
TAIYO EUROPE GMBH
Germany
Address
Muhlweg
Sauerlach
Administrative Contact
Hubert Reiter (Mr.)