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SolarWorld Industries Gmbh: German quality for PV modules

According to SolarWorld, the company delivers modules that have greater than or equal to the nameplate rated power. SolarWorld guarantees a maximum performance degression of 0.7% p.a. in the course of 25 years, a significant added value compared to the two-phase warranties common in the industry. In addition, SolarWorld is offering a product warranty, which has been extended to 10 years.

The new generation of the SW photovoiltaic modules are Sunmodule Plus and Sunmodule Bisun. The Sunmodule Plus delivers maximum flexibility for nearly every application. The Sunmodule Bisun protect delivers high yields all-round: It is a solar module active on both sides that converts light from all directions into electrical energy. This ensures up to 25 % more yield per installed kWp. Thanks to the use of the newest glass technologies, it also has a particularly long lifespan and high mechanical durability.

Details information and data about the Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline and Sunmodule Bisun are available in the database.

Osirys project: forest based composites for façades to improve indoor air quality in new builds and restoration

The FP7 project Osirys has developed a serious of technologies to improve indoor air quality in new builds and restoration. The most promising prototypes are available in EffiBUILDING such as:

Bio resins cladding panels: Pultruded profiles and infused cladding panels based on bio resins and reinforcement made of fused natural and glass fibres.

Exterior Cladding System: the external cladding system is designed to provide a skin or layer intended to control the infiltration of weather elements and also for aesthetic purposes.

Fibrous foams: Porous wood fibre webs with varied densities are manufactured by the foam-laid forming technology.

Bio-Polymer foaming: Extrusion foamed bio-based thermoplastics are being developed in Osyris project as a core for an internal insulation board.

More information about these innovative solutions are available in the database.

Canadian Solar Low Internal Current (LIC) module technology

Ku Modules from Canadian Solar is an innovative cool module design based on Low Internal Current (LIC) module technology, considered the next generation of module technology.

The Ku module portfolio consists of the following types: KuMax (144 cells), KuPower (120 cells), KuBlack (120 cells) and the corresponding double-glass KuDymond. They are available in both poly- and monocrystalline.  KuDymond, KuMax and KuPower has also an innovative mono-PERC cell technology which the modules to reach a power range of up to 360/370 W.

All the Ku modules are available in the database under crystalline subcategory.

NanoSense technology for indoor sensors

The E4000 probe uses solid state and NDIR sensors that only require a replacement of the sensor module every 10 years. This technology allows extremely low operating costs. Sober and discreet design of the probe allows easy integration in renovation and in new constructions. The modular architecture allows the probe to interface with various standardized automation systems (KNX, LON, Modbus RS485, IP (POE), EnOcean …).  

E4000 IAQ probe together with P400 particles probe are products of NanoSense. Complete datasheets are available in the Sensors category.

GLASSX solutions for façade to maximize natural lighting

GLASSX Inc. develops and markets façade products. The core of all GLASSX products is a thin layer of translucent Phase-Change-Material (PCM). At room temperature, 16mm (5/8 inch) of this material can absorb as much heat as a 250mm (10 inch) concrete wall.

This unique characteristic makes it possible to replace solid walls with glass elements. It prevents the building from overheating in summer while maximizing natural lighting.

GLASSX offers two product lines based on the PCM technology: GLASSX®store, a modular interior element for curtain-wall constructions, and GLASSX®crystal, an all-in-one façade element with integrated sun protection and insulation for usage in light construction buildings.

Both products’ descriptions and datasheets are available in the Façade category of the database.

ECTP: 6th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review 2017

The Energy Efficient Buildings Committee of ECTP is pleased to share with you the 6th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review 2017. This yearly publication presents the progress and results of 110 co-funded projects within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 45 co-funded projects under the Horizon 2020 programme for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

This new edition highlights current results and achieved or potential impact of the EeB PPP Projects. The projects demonstrate scientific and technological excellence, across all levels, from early stage conception to demonstration of almost ready-to-market innovations. Distributed into 7 technology-clusters defined according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap (Design, Technology Building Blocks, Advanced materials and nanotechnology, Construction process, Energy performance monitoring & management, ICT and BIM), the 155 research projects featured in this brochure illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sector.

You can download the 2017 version of the Project Review here or on ECTP website

ENERGAID TC171: prototype for thermal insulation

ENERGAID TC171 is a thermal insulation device used for structure's envelope, based on the active thermal insulation technology. It is inserted within panelings and coverage or roof cladding or façade cladding, during the prefabrication process. It finds application in the envelope of temperature controlled environments, such as food ageing, etc. It is activated by renewable thermal sources, and it multiplies the reduction effect of the heat exchanges, and it allows the full control of the internal temperature. The exclusive and direct employement of the geothermal, hydrothermal and solar energy, available on the site, makes almost insignificant the indispensable utilization of the electric energy.

A detailed datasheet about the prototype is available on the Facade category (panel subcategory) of the database. 


ECTP and EffiBUILDING Cooperation: most promising technologies and prototypes in the database

The European Construction, built environment and energy efficient building Technology Platform (ECTP) is a leading membership organisation promoting and influencing the future of the Built Environment. First founded in 2004 ECTP brings together the collective vision for a leading edge European Built Environment on behalf of our Members. ECTP gathers 170 Member organisations from across the construction sector and other sectors from the whole supply chain of the Built Environment.

ECTP is today one of the 38 European Technology Platforms (ETPs) which are industry-led stakeholder fora recognised by the European Commission as key actors in driving innovation, knowledge transfer and European competitiveness.

We are glad to announce that ECTP and EffiBUILDING cooperates to disseminate, further develop and exploit the most promising technologies and prototypes selected from ECTP in the energy efficient of building European projects.

For example, detailed information of BEEM UP, Hipin and MEM4WIN projects’ outputs are available in the database.

SolarEdge’s HD-Wave: innovative technology for inverter


SolarEdge's HD-Wave technology inverter breaks the mold of traditional inverters. Using a novel power conversion technology that is based on a distributed switching and powerful DSP processing, the HD-Wave technology inverter is able to synthesize a clean sine wave that leads to a dramatic reduction in the magnetics and heavy cooling elements. This small and lightweight inverter enables simplified shipping and storing and one-person installation. The record-breaking efficiency allows more energy production for an improved ROI.

Data about the inverter SolarEdge SE2200H-SE6000H with HD-Wave technology are available in the database as well as the SE15K-27.6K, SE4K-SE12.5K, SE2200-SE6000.

Construct PV project: developing aesthetic and cost-effective choices for PV modules


The goal of the Construct PV project is to convert the standard industrial PV module into a product that offers greater design flexibility to meet the needs and requirements of different socio-geographic areas. A further aim of the research is to create a design catalogue with aesthetic and cost-effective choices for PV modules – and bring these possibilities to the European market, together with partners in the PV manufacturing industry.

A BIPV solar shingles consists of a durable glazed panel (containing crystalline solar cells) integrated in a waterproofing back-sheet layer made of a bitumen-based membrane. Collection of output data on the prototype electrical efficiency, measured in real conditions, allows comparing the behavior of the solar shingle with existing products on the market, installed in the same conditions, as a comparison benchmark. Furthermore, it has been developed a mobile façade mock-up to demonstrate variants and possibilities in terms of architectural and technological design/manufacturing of BIPV systems for the building skin.