A social space with an outer solar, designed by architects Ortner + Ortner Baukunst, was erected on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Designed as a “living gallery”, the pavilion is equipped with unbreakable photovoltaic solar modules, with a height of 4 meters, manufactured by Odersun AG.
The photovoltaic pavilion is 35 meters long, it adds the finishing touch to the campus of the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, and will be dedicated to social events, initiatives and creative presentations. Odersun solar modules, measuring about 4 meters high and 1 meter wide, covering the entire building. Made of shatterproof safety glass 25 mm thick, photovoltaic modules form the elements of the facade and have been specially designed and manufactured for this project.
The idea of integrating the concept of green building for the renovation of the campus as part of the project from the beginning. Architects Ortner + Ortner Berlin have developed this idea in collaboration with students from the University of Applied Sciences and module manufacturer Odersun, specialist in solar architecture. The result is a symbiosis of sustainable architecture, functionality and efficiency – in short, a solar facade, which produces electricity, but also aesthetic.
“In addition to the strict design criteria for solar modules, the project required essentially a huge flexibility in terms of size, design and construction of the photovoltaic solution,” said Manfred Ortner Ortner + Ortner, explaining the complex nature of the project. “Odersun offers a huge assortment of modules, but also demonstrated its ability to adapt during this project, which is characterized by continuously changing requirements,” he has said.
Odersun manufactured the modules specific to the project, but has also provided assistance during the phases of electrical design and construction planning. CiSCuT thin film technology of Odersun offers architects design freedom similar to that of glass, while allowing them to meet the requirements of sustainable construction.
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to deploy a project as unique alongside a partner as famous,” said Dr. Hein van der Zeeuw, Chief Executive Officer of Odersun AG. “This allowed us to demonstrate the flexibility of the sector now solar construction, and the unusual sizes of modules that can be manufactured without compromise in terms of design and functionality,” he has said.
The thin-film solar modules are particularly suitable for use in integrated photovoltaic components (BIPV), because they offer good returns, even in the shade and at high temperatures, even though their alignment with the sun is not optimal.