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THE PROJECT


In a context of profound transformation of the national energy system, one of the key challenges is improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

Technological innovations, such as the integration of photovoltaic modules into urban environments, can help create structures with almost zero energy requirements, or even able to produce more than they consume, meeting the new regulation of nZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building).

FOURIER is an innovative experiment in a hybrid construction-energy supply chain. It addresses the need for advanced products in the renewable energy transition, focusing on sustainable production, accessibility, and usability in building renovation.

KEY OUTPUT

A high efficiency photovoltaic module, designed on the basis of functional, structural and aesthetic specifications dictated by the industrial partner that operates directly on the market of innovative facades.

A mock-up facade that demonstrates the added value of module-facade integrated design.

The development of new 4-terminal tandem photovoltaic cell technology for future improved efficiency BIPV modules.

ACTIVITIES

The collaboration between Camlin Italy (Henesis Srl office) and IMEM-CNR has given rise to the joint “Sinergy Lab” laboratory, leading to the development of a low-cost and highly scalable technology for the design of thin film solar cells suitable for optical coupling with highly efficient silicon cells.

The technological support of Applied Materials Italia S.r.l is fundamental for the design and prototyping of single and double junction photovoltaic devices (tandem cells) with high efficiency for the BIPV market.

In order to integrate the application of high efficiency tandem photovoltaic cells in the architectural context, Camlin Italy (Henesis Srl office) turned to the exclusive expertise of the Focchi Group for the production of mock-facade and Eurac for the study of prototypes in a laboratory specialized in the BIPV sector that can simplify the path to certification and insertion of the product in the market.

The applied research centre Eurac Research is involved in the development of the modelling environment and in the experimental part of the controls that will be performed in the outdoor laboratory “PV Integration Lab”. The aim will be to develop a technological photovoltaic system integrated in the façade, pursuing flexibility, ease of assembly-disassembly and a “design for reuse”.