GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
George Washington University (GWU) has cooperated with Onyx Solar® in the installation of the first walkable photovoltaic floor in the world, located in the Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia (USA)
FEASIBILITY STUDY OF AMORPHOUS SILICON PHOTOVOLTAIC SKYLIGHT IN WASHINGTON
Reduction in HVAC energy demands
Internal Rate of Return
- Total Area - 10 M2
- Electricity generated in 35 years - 22,659 kWh
- Total lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 45 lighting points
- CO2 emmisions avoided in 35 years - 15 Tons of CO2
- Barrels of oil saved in 35 years - 13 barrels per m2
The non-slip semi-transparent tiles forming the floor convert the solar radiation into energy by means of semiconductors. The total installed power capacity is 405 Wp, sufficient to power the 450 LED lights backlighting the walkway.
Thanks to the breakthroughs achieved by the company’s R&D&i Department, this solution fulfils the highest technical standards; it complies with non-slip regulations and withstands 400 kg in the momentary load tests, and its installation is very simple, as it is laid like a raised floor, with plots.
Onyx Solar® has received awards on many occasions for developing and patenting the first non-slip photovoltaic glass floor in the world.
"This installation is a good example of the University’s commitment to sustainability and a reflection of the organisation’s mentality, always with a clear view of the future”.
Eric Selbst, Senior Land Use Planner at GWU.
Onyx Solar®’s photovoltaic floor is available in a wide range of colours and transparencies.