The Italian company, Dyaqua, has created the innovative technology that allows solar panels to take on the appearance of any building material, making them a perfect fit for historic structures. As heritage and historical sites to get invisible solar panels, they will be providing 7.5-watt peak energy per panel.
Heritage sites also have high energy consumption and with solar panels their energy cost could be brought down. Basically, solar panels are available in different shades now to suit the aesthetic of your house.
Heritage and historical sites cannot use our basic solar panels on their roofs because their looks should be maintained. But finally, such solar panels have been created that can be used to power such buildings.
We call them the Invisible Solar, and they look like clay tiles but actually have solar cells underneath them. Modern-looking solar panels may not fit in or are mostly not allowed to affect the looks of these heritage buildings because of their high visual impact.
With Invisible Solar it is easy to generate solar energy and power the building without affecting its aesthetics.
Monocrystalline solar cells are made from non-toxic materials and are placed in clay tiles but invisible. Each panel can produce 7.5-watt peak energy and each weigh around 2 kilograms. Opaque-looking ceramic tiles can easily absorb sun rays to power the cells.
With such an old school look these panels fit perfectly with the architecture of heritage buildings. They can possibly be used for pavement or sidings too. Also, these solar panels can provide surface protection similar to the usual housing tiles.
With photocatalytic properties they have the quality of self-cleaning. Plus, they are recyclable and complete the cycle, making them sustainable while still looking aesthetic.
Basically, such buildings and other archeological sites have high energy consumption. And with heritage and historical sites getting Invisible Solar panels it becomes easier to lessen their environmental impact.
About the company
Dyaqua designs and produces innovative solar PV and LED lighting technologies distinguished by perfect aesthetic integration and architectural aspect.
The company launched Invisible Solar Roof tile in June 2016. Before that in 2015, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT) mentioned Invisible Solar as a solution to improve energy efficiency in cultural heritage.
What is Invisible Solar?
Dyaqua is the company producing Invisible Solar. It is a new PV technology that can take up the appearance of any building material. Each Invisible Solar module is more than just a PV panel because it is an active architectural element with varied functionality.
How it works?
A single and invisible body is placed above the PV cells that are placed on another similar architectural material. This solar module is based on low molecular density and each one of it is composed of a non-toxic and recyclable polymeric compound.
The entire construction of the module is properly developed to encourage maximum photon absorption. The surface appears opaque but is translucent to sun rays, which allows light to easily enter and power the cells.
Which surfaces support Invisible Solar?
This module is adaptable to stone, wood, concerted, and terracotta. Plus, it is capable of taking up the appearances of building materials that make color and shape combinations possible. These can be installed on roofs, walls, and even floors to maximize the power output.