B7/B8 DARMSTADT MERCK KGAA OPV FACADE
Aesthetics from a new angle! As part of the construction work on the Darmstadt site, a striking membrane façade was erected at a Merck KGaA technology building. This convinces not only with design, but also with functionality.
Looking more closely at this façade, one might think that energy production was in the foreground. But Taiyo Europe and OPVIUS wanted to shed light on the superficial architecture with this eye-catching façade. The different forms of the OPV modules have been integrated into the ETFE film in an artistic and modern way. So the aesthetics is in the foreground, but at the same time the advantage of the organic photovoltaic can be used for environmentally friendly energy production.
The entire façade covers an area of approx. 300 m². Distributed on the ETFE film, there are 1578 integrated OPV modules, which thus form an effective OPV area. The individual OPV modules are integrated in the color-printed, semitransparent ETFE film and thus create a harmonious and perfectly shaped façade. The necessary stability and steadfastness is ensured by a steel construction with a newly developed aluminum frame profile and special comb plates.
The foundation stone was laid by the architecture firm HENN Berlin, with the functional and creative planning of the façade. The project was realized through joint cooperation between OPVIUS and Taiyo Europe. Thanks to OPVIUS, the specialist in the field of organic photovoltaics, the OPV modules could be integrated, cabled and interconnected onto the printed ETFE film. Taiyo Europe, the specialist for high-quality membrane architecture and ETFE structures took over the implementation of the order, including planning, delivery and installation of the facade and the roof.
To sum up, this is a fascinating project with an innovative step towards the future. Because finally comes together with ETFE and OPV, what belongs together.