Onyx Solar has developed the first anti-slip, “walkable” PV paver in the world. PV pavers allow building owners to install solar energy in rooftops, while preserving their habitability.
Traditional PV panels take up all the space on the roof, reducing the amenity space within any building. In contrast, PV pavers let the owner generate free electricity, while still letting people enjoy the space and walk on top of them, safely.
PV pavers can be manufactured using any of the solar technologies (amorphous Silicon and crystalline Silicon), and they comply with the highest and most stringent quality standards.
They are intended for pedestrian traffic only, and they are installed as any technical, raised outdoors flooring system (PVC pedestals, wood and metal framing). They withstand up to 400 Kg (point load), and can be manufactured in standard dimensions and customized ones.
MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT
The Architect’s Newspaper awarded Onyx Solar’s PV walkable floor as the best outdoors product, 2015. This is one of the most read magazines for architecture and design in the USA, and it offers updated information and design trends to all the A/E/C community.
PV pavers can be combined with a backlit system, providing courtesy lighting and improving the landscape design. The product can be also customized in a wide range of colors.
When you install a traditional rooftop-mounted photovoltaic system in your building, you get clean energy, however you also lose amenity space. Photovoltaic pavers substitute a conventional roof paver or tile in such a way that it allows owners to generate power and still enjoy the space.
Walking on top of PV pavers is possible since they have an anti-slip surface, and withstand pedestrian traffic. Enjoy a barbeque in your rooftop without leaving the environment aside.
Conventional outdoor paver systems are rather expensive and they do not necessarily bring additional sustainability features to your building. PV pavers, however, generate a great amount of power, cut emissions, and let more users install power in their rooftop and terrace space, since its installation is much less intrusive compared to a conventional system.
George Washington University in Virginia (USA) was the first institution to integrate this innovative solution back in 2012. Since then, many others have also joined this Revolutionyx.