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Heliatek announces start of pilot project for energy self-sufficient air dome using HeliaFilm

This latest partnerships opens up exciting new area of Building Integrated Organic Photovoltaics (BIOPV) that perfectly suits flexible, lightweight solar films

14 Jan 2015 | Editor

Heliatek has successfully installed its solar film, HeliaFilm, on a PVC-based membrane air dome in Berlin, Germany. The company said this opens up a new area of application for BIOPV, building on the company's pioneering work with glass and concrete.

The project was implemented together with Paranet Germany. Paranet is producing air domes for sport, events or emergency accommodations supporting humanitarian aid missions. The size of the air domes varies from 18 x 18 meters up to 200 x 100 meters.

The HeliaFilm has been affixed with an integrated mounting on the outer shell on 50 square meters, in 2m x 2m panels. With a total electrical output of 1,4 kWp, the current project should provide about 5 percent of the annual energy demand of the air dome.

Heliatek - Pilot on PVC membrane with HelioFilm

Figure: Heliatek - Pilot on PVC membrane with HelioFilm

The long-term goal of the cooperation is the ability to set up air domes without any external power supply. Next steps will be the extension of the covered area on the air dome, adding energy storage devices and appropriate control systems. To be totally energy self-sufficient, an air dome might need only a quarter of the totally available surface area covered with Heliafilm.

Combined with HeliaFilms, PARANET air domes will be energy self-sufficient to a large degree and thus make these air domes an absolute novelty. The market launch is planned for 2016.

By partnering with PARANET Germany, Heliatek extends its network of renowned industry partners to the area of PVC membrane, thus strengthening the company as a world-leader in the production and commercialisation of solar film.

Mr. Wowra, Managing Director of Paranet Germany said, "With Heliatek's solar films, we will finally be able to offer our customers energy self-sufficient air domes in the future. It was not easy to find a flexible, industry solution for the application on PVC membrane. We are really pleased about the realization of the first project in Berlin together with Heliatek."
Dr. Thomas Bickl, VP Sales & Business Development Heliatek, said, "The addition of PVC membrane to our material portfolio is a major step in implementing Heliatek´s marketing strategy." Thomas added, "After the successful market start of HeliaFilm® with building materials such as glass and concrete in 2014, we can now serve the PVC membrane segment with PARANET as a renowned partner."

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About Heliatek

Heliatek was spun off in 2006 from the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Ulm. The company is the leader in the field of Organic Electronics Energy holding the world record efficiency of 12%. Through both its leading edge material development and its proven capability for volume manufacturing Heliatek is the first company to begin commercialization of large area OPV solar film. Its business model is to supply the custom-designed HeliaFilm® to partners in industries such as building and construction materials, automotive and light architectural structures. Heliatek maintains a total staff of some 75 specialists at its facilities in Dresden and Ulm, Germany.

Investors in Heliatek include leading industrial and financial companies such as BASF, Bosch, RWE, Wellington Partners, eCapital and Aqton. Research and development work, as well as the installation of production technology has been funded by the Free State of Saxony, the Federal Republic of Germany (BMBF-Projekt LOTsE (03EK3505E) and the European Union. Heliatek is currently operating its first roll-to-roll manufacturing line in Dresden, Germany.

Source: Heliatek

About Paranet

PARANET Germany grew out of the traditional business Seil-Baur GmbH, which was founded in 1851. PARANET has been working with the planning, production, maintenance and sales of our tented domes for around 20 years.

PARANET produced and delivered worldwide over 100 air domes. A PARANET air dome represents a reliable and innovative product and commands a market leadership position within Germany.

Source: Paranet

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