Solar film air dome solution targets energy self-sufficiency
The project was implemented together with PARANET Germany, a leading provider of air domes. PARANET is producing air domes for sport, events or emergency accommodations supporting humanitarian aid missions. The size of the air domes varies from 18 x 18 meters up to 200 x 100 meters.
The HeliaFilm has been affixed with an integrated mounting on the outer shell on 50 square meters, in 2 x 2 meter squares. With a total electrical output of 1.4 kWp, the current project should provide about five percent of the annual energy demand of the air dome.
The long-term goal of the cooperation is the ability to set up air domes without any external power supply. Next steps will be the extension of the covered area on the air dome, adding energy storage devices and appropriate control systems. To be totally energy self-sufficient, an air dome might need only a quarter of the totally available surface area covered with Heliafilm.
HeliaFilm is perfect for this application because it is ultra lightweight, flexible, and very effective at harvesting solar energy under real world conditions. Compared to standard solar technology the film from Heliatek is less susceptible to temperature changes and orientation to the sun .
Combined with HeliaFilms, PARANET air domes will be energy self-sufficient to a large degree. The market launch is planned for 2016.
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