Heliatek tests out solar film on lab building

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By Nick Flaherty

The HeliaFilm organic films have been incorporated into the façade and windows and will enable the testing and retrofitting of new solar technology systems. The films on the façade and windows covers a total surface area of 50 m2 and will generate 2,300 kWh a year, equivalent to the electricity used by a small household.

The ENGIE Group acquired a 6.6% stake in Heliatek last year and retrofitted the façades of the Group’s research centre, ENGIE Laborelec, in Linkebeek, for a new project where Heliatek developed the façade elements with building partners AGC and SVK to investigate the ways in which solar energy can be generated from a building facade in real operational conditions. The solar films have been installed in two locations: directly on the SVK fibre cement façade elements on the south side of the laboratory building, and integrated into the AGC windows at the entrance to the building. 

The two companies plan to install the films on ENGIE Fabricom’s buildings in Antwerp by October.

“The completion of the façade demonstrates the ease with which HeliaFilm can be installed as a retrofit,” said Heliatek CEO, Thibaud Le Séguillon. “Heliatek’s mission is to enable our customers to generate decentralized energy using our HeliaFilms and at the same time encourage the use of new technologies on existing infrastructures, such as the buildings themselves.”

“ENGIE aspires to lead the energy transition in Europe and we are convinced that solar energy will play an important role,” said Philippe Buxant of the Research and Technologies Department at ENGIE. “In Heliatek we have found a partner that can offer interesting and innovative solar solutions with which we can benefit our customers. We want to meet the growing demand of customers for buildings with zero CO2 emissions and the lowest possible energy bills. The cost of these new photovoltaic films is falling all the time and we believe that they can be profitable without any subsidies.”

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