SunEwat XL now has a new application – spandrels. This means that by leveraging non-vision glass, the entire surface of the façade can now be used to generate energy, maximising the building’s energy performance.
SunEwat XL – AGC’s laminated glass with embedded photovoltaic cells – adds yet another application: spandrels.
BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaics) is booming right now and many architects are looking for solutions which incorporate electricity-generating elements into construction materials. For several years now, SunEwat XL, a glass product that generates electricity, has been offering architects numerous applications in façades, glass roofs, sunscreens, balustrades and louvers. Now, as technological improvements in the product make it able to withstand higher temperatures, AGC Glass Europe can offer a new application for SunEwat XL: spandrels. By leveraging non-vision glass, the entire surface of the façade can now be used to generate energy, maximising the building’s energy performance. AGC guarantees product performance at temperatures of up to 100°C. SunEwat XL is specifically intended for non-ventilated spandrels.
The principle behind SunEwat XL is simple: monocrystalline or polycrystalline photovoltaic cells are embedded in a sheet of laminated safety glass. The product is then installed instead of conventional construction elements in the shell of the building. Since the photovoltaic cells are built right into the glazing, it is not necessary to install a separate photovoltaic system. The modules are made to order (various sizes and electrical capacities are possible) and can be customised for each project. They can also be combined with other glass products (double glazing, screen-printed glass, coloured glass, etc.) to boost comfort levels, for example thermal insulation, or for design purposes. Moreover, SunEwat XL modules comply with the latest regulations and have received EN 14449 (buildings), IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 (photovoltaic) certification.