- Design and Build Magazine, Advancing BIPV in Europe: https://www.onyxsolar.com/documents/11_PVSITES.pdf
- Glass Magazine Balenciaga Store: https://glassmagazine.com/article/commercial/great-glazing-balenciaga-flagship-store-miami-1817945
The great performance of Onyx Solar’s cladding turns it into an unbeatable solution to renovate any building and make it a green building.
The studies measuring Onyx Solar´s glass performance in double skin façades installed in Miami, New York, and Las Vegas, proves that Onyx PV cladding is a highly profitable investment. Thanks to the energy production offered by the glass, plus the energy savings brought by the double skin system - which can be up to 53%, owners can lock the electricity cost below $0.02/kWh for the next 30 years. These outstanding savings boost the investment’s profitability by an average of 26%, recovering the whole investment in 3 years.
This quick and easy-to-install solution is competitively priced, similar to other conventional building materials’ price. Also, it provides a source of clean, free energy and undeniable aesthetics, increasing the value of any property.
The market leader in photovoltaic glass for buildings joins again the most important conference on architecture in America, and it will show its latest product innovations at booth #571, Level #3.
The event will be held June 21st to 23rd, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York
Photovoltaic transparent glass for skylights and curtain walls, colored PV glass for cladding applications, and other innovations will be displayed at Onyx Solar’s booth. Stop by to meet us and get to know all you can do with our PV Glass.
This year, the organization of the event estimates over 23,000 design professionals will join the conference, which is set to become one of the largest ones in attendance in the country.
See you at the Jacob Javits Center from 21st to 22nd. If you have no time to come to NY, see you in Spain! We cover the expenses!
Onyx Solar has already fabricated and shipped the amorphous Silicon Low-E glass that the University of San Diego will install in its new Center for Novel Therapeutics, a new facility that will support the formation, funding, and growth of private biotech companies with a focus on cancer diagnostics, treatments, and interventions. In fact, University of California San Diego is one of the top fifteen research universities in the world.
Designed by prestigious firm Perkins+Will, the new building will incorporate a transparent photovoltaic skylight in the center lobby that will provide natural light, filter UV, and IR radiation, and generate clean, free power for the building. Insulating glass units with a low-E coating for additional performance are already on their way to the job site. Contractor Architectural Glass and Aluminum (AGA) will be in charge of this installation. Stay tuned for more pictures coming soon!
Onyx Solar’s amorphous Silicon transparent glass – manufacturing process
Rendering courtesy of Perkins+Will.
Kicking-off a photovoltaic project with us is now within reach of any owner. Onyx Solar and CleanFund, the leading provider of Commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing in the USA, are working together to offer customers access to low-cost, long-term funding for their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
CleanFund’s SolarPACE financing offers terms up to 30 years at no upfront costs. This adds the unique value of structured finance, best covering the lifespan of the photovoltaic installation system and allowing the property owners to realize positive cash flows.
PACE financing’s unique characteristics turn it into a great way to fund your project:
- It is easy and quick to approve, with no personal guarantees.
- It is repaid as an assessment of the property’s regular tax bill.
- It is compatible with tax credits and solar incentives, captured by the property owner.
- It offers positive cash flows that increase over time.
- It can be transferred to a new owner upon the sale of the property since it is attached to the property instead of the owner.
Want to finance your photovoltaic glass project with PACE financing? Call now our partners at CleanFund for a free, confidential consultation. They will evaluate your project and help you understand your options with PACE!
415.256.8000 / 415.269.4130
GET A 30% FEDERAL TAX CREDIT
Our photovoltaic glass unlocks the access to the 30% Federal Tax Credit. Also some states offer State-level tax Credits, such as Hawaii, where an additional 35% tax credit is available. Our photovoltaic glass unlocks the access to the 30% Federal Tax Credit. Also, some states offer State-level tax Credits, such as Hawaii, where an additional 35% tax credit is available. The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a 30% federal tax credit claimed against the tax liability of the owner of the solar system. It works both for commercial and residential projects, and it consists of a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the income taxes that the owner claiming the credit would otherwise pay the Federal Government.
5 YEAR ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION
The Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MARCS) is a method of depreciation in which qualifying solar energy equipment is eligible for a cost recovery period of 5 years only, instead of a typical 39 year period thus achieving additional federal tax savings.
ACHIEVE UP TO $0.42 PER kWh
Installing our photovoltaic glass unlocks the access to the SRECs market too. Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) are a solar incentive that allows for building owners to sell the certificates obtained with their project to the utility. One SRECs is granted for every thousand kWh produced by the façade so that it will be a performance-based incentive. Depending on each market, one SREC may be worth over $425!
ACHIEVE ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES IN YOUR STATE like feed-in-tariff OR PROPERTY TAX INCENTIVES
Are you aware of the many incentives and tax credits available to you when installing a photovoltaic glass system? Start saving on your bottom line and take advantage of ALL of them! Our partners at Energy Analysis Group help our customers making the most of them.
Give them a call now for a free consultation!
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Learn more and download here Cleandfund presentation.
- Case study: Site of the first commercial solar cell now equipped with transparent solar technology. - Learn more here.
- Onyx Solar PV glass installed in Balenciaga’s new storefront in Miami - Learn more here.
- An Architect’s Guide To: Photovoltaics - Learn more here.
- Heineken y la española Onyx Solar colaboran en el proyecto más ambicioso de la multinacional cervecera - Learn more here.
- El consorcio REZBUILD impulsa en Noruega el futuro de la construcción sostenible en Europa - Learn more here.
Onyx Solar participate in ESPResSo Project, an Ambitious EU Funded Collaboration Project to Make Perovskite Solar Cells a Market Reality. The leader in photovoltaic glass for buildings joins in a new collaboration to research the next generation of photovoltaic materials for integration in construction, Perovskite cells.
The ESPResSo team targets cost-effective alternative materials, novel cell concepts and architectures, and advanced processing know-how and equipment to overcome the current limitations of this technology. The consortium aims to bring the cell performance close to its theoretical limit by demonstrating cell efficiency of more than 24% (on 1cm²) and less than 10% degradation in cell efficiency following thermal stress at 85°C, 85% RH for over 1000h. Scale-up activities utilizing solution processed slot-die coating and laser processing will additionally deliver modules with more than 17% efficiency showing long-term (>20 years) reliable performance as deduced from IEC-compliant test conditions.
With its low-cost materials and low-temperature deposition processes, perovskite-based PV technology has the potential to takes its place in the thin-film PV market. Perovskite solar cells have already demonstrated high efficiencies (above 22%) that rival those of established mainstream thin-film PV technologies like copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) and cadmium-telluride (CdTe). The challenge is now to transfer the unprecedented progress that the perovskite PV cell technology has made in recent years from its cell level into a scalable, stable, low-cost technology on module level.
The ESPResSo team also envisions integrating modules in façade elements demonstrating a levelised cost of electricity (LCoE) of ≤ 0.05€/kWh. Prototyping advanced, arbitrary-shaped architectures with specific materials and process combinations will emphasize that new highly innovative applications like on flexible substrates or with high semi-transparency are well accessible in the mid- to longer-term with this very promising thin-film PV technology.
Since we live in the clean energy revolution, once again, ONYX R&D department is committed to the latest trends in the PV market with the firm thought of helping cities to be more efficient and green energy more present in our lives.
The ESPResSo Project has been granted over 5M euro by the European Union to overcome the limitations of today’s state-of-the-art perovskite PV technology, bring perovskite solar cells to the next maturity level, and demonstrate their practical application.
The members of the consortium include:
The fundamental research organizations Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy;
Perovskite solar cell scale-up and industrialization members IMEC, Belgium, Universita degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (UNITOV-CHOSE), Italy and FRAUNHOFER, Germany;
Experts in sustainability and durability CSGI (Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo Sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase), Italy and University of Cyprus, Cyprus;
Members representing materials development include DYCOTEC MATERIALS LTD, United Kingdom, DYENAMO AB, Sweden and CORNING SAS, France;
Equipment manufacturer, M-SOLV LTD, United Kingdom;
Perovskite solar cell technology developers SAULE SP ZOO, Poland;
Building-integrated photovoltaics developer, ONYX SOLAR ENERGY SL, Spain.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement nº764047 of the ESPResSo Project.
The Miami Design District welcomes Onyx Solar’s Photovoltaic (PV) Glass with the opening of Balenciaga’s most sustainable flagship store worldwide, which features an impressive storefront made of PV glass. Spearheaded by Balenciaga’s Artistic Director Demna Gvasalia, this is the 12th store of the luxury fashion company in the USA and the first of this kind worldwide.
Located in the heart of the Miami Design District, where fashion luxury brands showcase their latest designs, Balenciaga’s new store stands out inside and outside, featuring unique interior designs, and an innovative brand new solar facade powered by Onyx.
The Spanish PV glass manufacturer worked hand in hand with New York-based Atmosphere Design Group and Balenciaga to create a unique glass design for the new store, that could align with Global Luxury Group and Balenciaga’s owner Kering’s corporate sustainability strategy and design intent.
The photovoltaic glass is made of crystalline Silicon cells embedded in between heat treated, laminated safety glass in a pale blue color; it also includes an Argon Spacer for additional thermal insulation.
Each glass unit spans almost 10 feet by 5 feet and offers 340 Watts per unit. It also controls light transmittance inside the store and protects its interiors against aging.
The PV glass is hurricane-resistant and it was assembled on a Crawford-Tracey curtain wall structure. California-based Pacific Construction was the contractor in command.
This new retail store demonstrates Balenciaga’s commitment to bricks-and-mortar and sets the fashion brand a step ahead in creating sustainability awareness among its customers and visitors, who can interact with this unique PV facade.
Diego Cuevas, Onyx’s Director of Business Development in North America highlighted the good momentum photovoltaic glass is gaining in the region. “Contemporary architecture demands building materials that deliver a superior performance at a controlled cost; in this sense, PV glass is one of the new age materials that can best respond to these new requirements; the cost of photovoltaic glass has decreased to a point that it can compete against almost any conventional building material, providing the same thermal performance, plus generating free, clean power for the building. And best of all, it is aesthetically appealing and flexible in design. This is why companies such as Heineken, Hines, Coca-Cola, Apple Inc, Bell Works, and now Balenciaga have trusted us in North America, and growing”.
Founded by Spanish-born Cristobal Balenciaga in 1917 and established in Paris in 1937, the iconic French fashion house defined the concept of modernity and elegance through the mastery of techniques and the use of innovative fabrics. With the appointment of Demna Gvasalia as artistic director of the collections in 2015, he continues to uphold the vision of Cristobal Balenciaga through his exquisite techniques, masterful cuts and by constantly pushing boundaries. Balenciaga offers women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, eyewear and a fragrance for women. Owned by Global Luxury Group Kering, Balenciaga has over 110 stores worldwide and remains true to its own original style; “a couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance” Cristobal Balenciaga used to say.
*For additional information: www.kering.com
ABOUT ONYX SOLAR
Founded by Alvaro Beltran in Avila (Spain) back in 2009, the company has become the market leader in photovoltaic glass for building in just a few years’ time. Onyx is headquartered in Spain, where it produces energy-generating photovoltaic glass for buildings using different solar cell technologies. This glass is installed in buildings to generate clean power from their facades, skylights, canopies, balustrades and floors; it counts on over 150 projects executed in the five continents. Onyx Solar has also offices in New York, and its customer portfolio include firms such as Apple Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, The Miami Heat, FEMSA-Coca-Cola, Samsung, US Department of State, Marriott, and Balenciaga. The company has received over 30 domestic and international awards.
*For additional information: www.onyxsolar.com
FEATURED PROJECT -THE LIFE SCIENCE BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
The College of Arts and Sciences at University of Washington is getting ready to soon open a spectacular, modern research and instructional space called the Life Sciences Building (LSB), which will provide students with over 170,000 square foot of open and flexible lab space, to boost a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to research in the field of Biology.
While conventional glass or metal fins help the building from a passive standpoint, photovoltaic fins pay a multi-functional approach:
The building has been designed by architects Perkins + Will, and it is a seven-story construction – including two stories below grade, which has been envisioned as a benchmark project regarding energy efficiency, innovation, and onsite renewable energy.
The design targets LEED-NC Platinum Certification, and the deployment and usage of clean energy sources were a primary objective of the University´s Climate Action Plan for Sustainability.
In this sense, the UW-Solar student group, which consists of an interdisciplinary team within the University’s Urban Infrastructure Laboratory – ranging students from undergraduate to Ph.D. level, worked with Perkins + Will to design and install a combined 100 kW solar system, featuring an innovative vertical photovoltaic fin system installed on the South-West elevation of the building.
These PV fins are the first-of-its-kind in the USA and they are made of amorphous Silicon solar cells that capture the sunlight and converts it into clean electricity.
They are all-glass, semi-transparent, letting 20% visible light to pass thru the fin.
While conventional glass or metal fins help the building from a passive standpoint, photovoltaic fins pay a multi-functional approach:
- They work as a sun control device, helping decrease HVAC needs.
- The South elevation of the building is set to receive high solar radiation in summer and the photovoltaic fins will help to shade the building and thus reducing the heat transfer.
- They work as windbreaks in winter, boosting the insulation of the building.
- They diffuse light and control glare, contributing to more comfortable daylight conditions.
- Their solar cell coating filters 99% UV radiation, mitigating the interior’s aging.
- They generate free and clean electricity, decrease the building’s carbon footprint, and contribute to LEED Certification.
- Also, they perform under low-light conditions.
- They aesthetically blend with the rest of the architectural design.
- They do not look like traditional PV panels but like conventional glass fins.
Each fin consists of a three-ply laminated, tempered glass, and it offers 3.15 Watts per square foot. They are frameless and were installed vertically, perpendicularly (90-degree angle) to the curtain wall. Concealed junction boxes and wires do perfect the architectural design.
Both the fin´s depth and the horizontal distance from fin to fin was carefully analyzed by Perkins + Will and Onyx Solar, to optimize the performance of the system and help to prevent self-shading situations that could impact the output.
The PV fins were tested to UL standards and they are set to start generating power as soon as the electrical interconnection is completed. The lobby of the building will feature a dashboard that will let students and visitors learn from the system, and monitor the energy production in real time. They will be able to compare the building’s energy demand against the renewable energy sources onsite and explore the model.
The photovoltaic fins will be highly visible from Pacific Avenue, which will help to raise student and visitor awareness about sustainability and innovation. If you are interested in getting more information about this product and other photovoltaic glass building materials by Onyx Solar, please contact us! Comments are welcome!
Client: the University of Washington, Department of Biology
Architect: Perkins + Will
General Contractor: Skanska
Electrical Designer: AEI
Electrical Contractor: VECA
Glazing Contractor: Mission
Glass Photovoltaic fins designer and manufacturer: Onyx Solar
Special mention to the UW-Solar Group, led by Alex Ratcliff.
This week Heineken has opened a new brewery in Chihuahua – Mexico, which is set to become the group’s most efficient production plant in the world. The opening event has gathered all Heineken’s global executive team, Government officials and over eighty accredited media. This new plant – the company’s seventh in the country, will add a production capacity of 600 million liters per year, and will run 100% on renewable energies. In fact, the fabrication process will use 30% less water, compared to the average beer market.
Sustainability and innovation have been boosted by Spanish based company Onyx Solar, which has engineered and manufactured the photovoltaic glass that covers the facades of the fabrication plant. Onyx and Heineken worked hand in hand to create a photovoltaic glass that could improve the efficiency of the buildings as well as to preserve the corporate identity of Heineken; the solution came with red, green and transparent photovoltaic glass specifically engineered for the giant brewery firm.
The photovoltaic glass was installed on rainscreen cladding system and curtain walls, enhancing the building’s aesthetic look and aligning with Heineken’s sustainability goals. PV Glass will become a source of free and clean electricity thanks to the sun, it will improve the thermal insulation of the building, and it will filter 99% harmful ultraviolet radiation, as well as 95% of the infrared radiation. It will also let light to pass through, decreasing the need for artificial lighting. Both O&M costs and Heineken’s carbon footprint will be drastically decreased.
According to Dolf Van Der Brink, President and CEO of Heineken Mexico, “the sustainability attributes of this plant are unique in the world, and they will become a design reference for other plants to follow”. Also, he stated that thanks to all this innovative, sustainable features, the plant will promote the “circular economy” model, recycling and reusing 100% of the waste produced.
Onyx Solar’s Director of Business Development in North America, Diego Cuevas, pointed out that “Heineken is not only a market leader in its industry, but also a great sustainability innovator. Investing in clean tech and state-of-the-art facilities will positively impact their bottom line and provide them with a fantastic social return on investment. We want to thank their team for choosing Onyx Solar as their technological partner”
Founded by Gerard Adriaan Heineken back in 1864, Heineken is a brewing company that counts on over 170 fabrication plants spread over seventy countries. It employs 80,000 people and its production capacity reaches 200 million hectoliters per year. Its Mexican division, CM/HEINEKEN MEXICO consists of seven factories and it has over 16,000 employees. “Cheers to a Better World” is the leading slogan for their corporate social responsibility strategy, which focuses on positively impacting the environment and the communities where they operate. Besides the main brand Heineken®, they also count with the following brands in their portfolio: Tecate®, Tecate Light®, Dos Equis®, Indio®, Sol®, Amstel Light®, Affligem®, Bohemia®, Noche Buena®, Strongbow Apple Ciders®, Coors Light®, Carta Blanca®, Superior® and Kloster Light®.
*For additional information: www.heinekenmexico.com