The SOLAR.shell-Transfer research project investigated and tested the market-oriented design and technical implementation of the results of the previous SOLAR.shell project in practice. Small-scale PV modules, which can be flexibly integrated into facades to scale, were optimally turned towards the sun from the plane of the facade using parametric-generative computer calculations, depending on the compass direction and shading in the design process. The yield per square meter of PV surface could thus be increased by up to 55 % compared to planar installed modules.
A prototype facade with an area of approx. 200 m² was applied to the new industrial building of the project partner Aluform Alucobondverarbeitungs-GmbH and put into operation. Insertion, fastening and interconnection of the photovoltaic modules were researched in variants and tested via component tests with regard to mechanical strength, stability and fire behavior. The certification process was run through and the facade was finally evaluated by means of monitoring.
The project also included the design of a 36 m² sample and training facade. The designed facade section includes all relevant element types, an exemplary façade opening as well as lighting elements and is to be structurally implemented at a later date on the exhibition and test site of the partner 3A Composites.