7 June 2011

Odersun’s CIS PV modules to be integrated into Franzen's solar façades 

After announced a cooperation agreement with Lithodecor on solar façades in late March, Odersun AG of Berlin, Germany, which designs and makes customer-specific flexible thin-film solar modules using proprietary CISCuT (copper indium disulfide on copper tape) reel-to-reel manufacturing technology, is to cooperate on building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) with FranzenGroup of Kottenheim, Germany, a planner and constructor of façade and solar systems focusing on the integration of solar components into curtain-wall-type, rear-ventilated façades.  

FranzenGroup works in the field of open system curtain wall façades and is said to have the necessary cross-disciplinary expertise for integrating photovoltaics into buildings. With more than 40 years in the façade business and involvement in the solar sector since 2005, Franzen says that it combines (under one roof) all the necessary skills for both aesthetic and functional installation and layout of fully integrated façade systems. In particular, façade experts at FranzenGroup have detailed knowledge of Odersun’s customized solar products and offer both the electrical layout of the integrated solar system and its professional installation.

In addition, FranzenGroup subsidiary Franzen Ingenieur- und Montagebau GmbH offers consulting services for the planning of solar-integrated façades as early as in the planning and design phase. Architects, specialist planners and builders are accompanied from design through to implementation. 

“Franzen combines, when it comes to the handling of our new types of solar components, a decisive, and until now rare, combination of skills, namely experience in façade construction and in the design of solar systems,” comments Odersun’s CEO Dr Hein van der Zeeuw. “The constructional and artistic integration of solar in buildings can only be successful when the necessary systems and the decisive experience and competence in planning and installation are combined with suitable materials,” he adds.

The cooperation between Odersun and Franzen forms another link in the chain between manufacturer, system supplier, and planning and installation. “As a classical installation company, we were one of the first businesses to turn to the integrated use of solar energy in buildings,” claims FranzenGroup managing director Jürgen Krämer. “It was clear to us that there was a dynamic movement toward the incorporation of new technologies for sustainable energy supply within the building,” he adds. “With the new components from Odersun, we can now combine both skills and offer solar façades, which also meet the requirements of aesthetic integration.”

See related items:

CIS PV firm Odersun co-operates with Lithodecor on solar façades

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