The Dubai Frame is an impressive rectangular picture-frameshaped building, 150 metres tall (492 Ft) and 105 metres wide (344 Ft), located in the Zabeel Park in Dubai. Its strategic location provides over 2 million visitors with spectacular views of the city’s other architectural jewels, framed on the horizon. It has therefore been considered one of the world’s new attractions in 2015, and one of the most original skyscrapers.
Onyx Solar® has participated in this project with the integration in the façade of 1,200 m2 of amorphous silicon photovoltaic glass. Approximately 2,500 modules measuring 485 x 985 mm of a triple safety laminate have been manufactured in a yellow-gold colour with a semi-transparency degree of 20% (L vision). The total installed power capacity reaches 38 kWp and will enable the building to generate a large proportion of the energy it needs for its operation.
FEASIBILITY STUDY OF AMORPHOUS SILICON PHOTOVOLTAIC FAÇADE IN DUBAI
Reduction in HVAC energy demands
Internal Rate of Return
- Total Area - 1.200 M2
- Electricity generated in 35 years - 1.143.723 kWh
- Total lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 2.244 lighting points
- Avoided CO2 emmisions in 35 years - 766 CO2
- Barrels of oil saved in 35 years - 673 barrels
This multi-functional glass, besides contributing to the creation of a sustainable building fed to a considerable extent by solar energy, provides the frame with undeniable aesthetic value due to its yellow colour.
It also filters out ultraviolet and infrared radiation, thus preventing the greenhouse effect so common in cities with hot climates and improving the comfort of its occupants. Thanks to the integration of Onyx Solar®’s photovoltaic glass in the envelope of the building, considerable energy savings may be achieved in the air handling of the same.
Onyx Solar® has developed a new generation of coloured semi-transparent photovoltaic glass, encompassing a wide spectrum of shades, while maintaining the same efficiency as colourless photovoltaic glass.
"The choice of using photovoltaic glass, which produces clean energy from the sun, is witness to a change of attitude in the government and to Dubai’s approach to sustainability".
Fernando Donis, Dubai Frame architect
"The Dubai Frame features a sustainable structure, simple to build and maintain, and with incomparable aesthetic value. Dubai is a city replete with emblematic buildings, so instead of adding one more, we set ourselves the task of framing them”.
Abdullah Raffia, Dubai government engineering and planning