2 September 2011

Odersun’s Solarmodule-Designer wins Red Dot design award

Odersun AG of Berlin, Germany, which makes flexible thin-film solar modules using proprietary CISCuT (copper indium disulfide on copper tape) reel-to-reel manufacturing technology, says that its Solarmodule-Designer online configuration software tool, which enables interactive design of Odersun’s customized solar modules for building-integrated photovoltaics (BiPV), recently won the Red Dot Award for communication design. The free-of-charge tool has been online on Odersun's website since May, and the firm has now published the corresponding iPad app (available at iTunes).

The online tool and its iPad app have been developed by Odersun and the German design network Plural, Kilian Krug and Markus Lerner. Addressing architects, fa├žade engineers and builders, the tool enables an easy, interactive and customized configuration of solar modules in terms of form, size, appearance, build-up and electrical connection. The module, as designed by the user, can be exported as a PDF or a CAD file for direct integration into architectural designs.

“There is some belief that solar modules are not fit for building integration, as they are supposedly unattractive and not flexible enough in size, form, material and design. The Odersun Solarmodule-Designer finally breaks this paradigm,” says Odersun’s CEO Dr Hein van der Zeeuw. “We wanted to convey highly complex technical information about the customization of our products in a comprehensible and practical way. The Solarmodule-Designer did the job for us,” he adds.

Red Dot is one the largest international design competitions. In a selection process that lasted several days, 15 design experts judged every single project of thousands of entries from 40 countries. Only selected entries were awarded with a Red Dot.

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