IMO-IMOMEC (UHasselt) participates in 'PV OpMaat' project Mar 16, 2016
Prof. dr. ir. Michael DAENEN
IMO-IMOMEC of the Hasselt University participates in the 'PV op Maat' project, together with other research centers: Nederlandse organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek - TNO (lead partner), IMEC Leuven, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - KUL, Holst Centre, Jülich Forschungszentrum, Zuyd Hogeschool, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven , stichting Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland - ECN. With the financial support of Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland - EFRO, the provinces Noord Brabant (the Netherlands), Vlaams-Brabant (Belgium), Flemish and the Dutch province Limburg, the ministery of economic affairs of the Netherlands and the ministery of Noordrijn-Westfalen.
This research project aims to adapt photo-voltaic solar cells to the environment in which they are used. There is a lot of demand from the construction and energy sectors to integrate solar cells into building components.(Interreg project R-6658 - € 7.047.000).
The current solar panels are mass produced in the form of rectangular panels with standard dimensions chosen by the producer. For use on roofs and facades these standard panels are added to the building on the construction site at a later stage.
However, in particular thin film solar cell materials can be added to the construction materials (glass, metal, plastic) as they are produced. Within the Solliance project new technologies are being developed to add mass-produced thin film solar cell materials to tailor-made construction modules on customer demand . These solar cell materials can, moreover, be made in a variety of colors or translucent. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the customized producibility of thin film PV, and PV integrate custom components in such as roofs, windows, conservatories and panels. In this project demonstrators will be produced, that will be tested on test sites in collaboration with companies , and compared with the current standard technology. This development forms the prelude to increasingly wider application of aesthetically pleasing PV power generation in the built environment.
This project is realized through a contribution of the European program Interreg V Flanders-Netherlands that stimulates innovation through cross-border projects, renewable energy, a healthy environment and the labor market.
More info can be found on the Interreg website
The PV OpMaat project was presented on Thursday 17 March 2016 at IMO-IMOMEC, Wetenschapspark 1, BE-3590 Diepenbeek.