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Product> Six Green Products to Bring Your Project Positive Energy

These products will keep your next project from being an energy guzzler. Eddy Urban Green Energy At just six feet in height, the Eddy wind turbine features a dual axis design that evenly distributes horizontal and vertical forces along the length of the axis for durability. In moderate wind speeds, it produces approximately 750 kWh of solar-ready power. In addition to IEC-certification for Wind Turbine Safety, Noise Levels, and Power Performance, Eddy is also ISO and UL certified. RecoupAerator 2000DX UltimateAir This commercial-grade energy recovery ventilator (above) features a proprietary wheel design made up of hydroscopic and non-hydroscopic materials in a random fiber matrix media for increased surface area, resulting in finer filtration. With an airflow capacity of up to 2,000 CFM, its comparison between two air stream temperatures (apparent sensible effectiveness) has been rated at 96 percent. It is also MERV 12 compliant. WebCTRL Automated Logic This web-based building automation system integrates major electrical systems, mechanicals, backup generators, fire systems, and building elevators. The program can also generate work orders for building system maintenance, bills for tenant’s off-hours use, and real-time pricing structures. Energy use trend reports and thermographic floor plans also tie into effective conservation features, such as setpoint optimization, optimum start times, and short-term demand reduction. Parans Solar Lighting Wasco For interior spaces without access to natural light, there is the Parans Solar Lighting system. Solar receivers mounted on the exterior of a structure channel solar energy along thin, flexible fiber optic cables that can be wound through a building’s infrastructure. The light is expelled through specially designed luminaires that deliver all the illumination benefits of natural sunlight, without electricity. Quantum Total Light Management Lutron A single system and software umbrella regulates lighting controls, motorized window shades, digital ballasts, LED drivers, and sensors. An enhancement for solar adaptation—for abundant sunshine, cloudy weather, or shadowed windows—automatically adjusts shades to meet prevailing conditions. A monitoring system also sends email alerts in the instance of alarming events or triggers that can be addressed with an iPad application, available for download at the App Store. Solar PV Canopy System Duo-Gard A turn-key approach to photo-voltaic architectural canopies: Solar energy is harvested for charging and lighting energy, or configured for energy credits. A steel frame, fabricated in-house, features a three-coat polyurethane epoxy finish for durability. The continuous canopy can be specified in Charcoal Gray or Blue, and in a sloped or ridged style.
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Fabricating New Solar Skins

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Research into flexible active skins opens up new BIPV possibilities

As building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology becomes more advanced, architects are getting involved in how new systems affect not only a building’s performance, but also its appearance. “The photovoltaic industry was until now largely developed by engineers,” said Daniel Martín Ferrero, a Madrid-based architect researching solar design. “The architect must enter the industry to develop their integration into the urban scene.” Ferrero has launched a new company named The New Solar Architecture with a goal of bringing a higher level of design to solar energy-producing facades.
  • Fabricator and Designer Daniel Martín Ferrero
  • Location Madrid, Spain
  • Status Conceptual design
  • Materials Thin-film photovoltaic-laminated glass
  • Process BIPV module design and fabrication
“I try to convey the idea that the generation of clean energy can be part of the beauty of its major consumer, the city,” said Ferrero. The company’s goal is to design an active skin whose solar modules are composed of flexible material, which would facilitate a broader range of BIPV design possibilities for architects. Now in the conceptual design and construction phase, his Free Form Solar Powered hexagonal modules are manufactured with photovoltaic laminated glass. Along with the modules, Ferrero has developed details for potential construction systems that would integrate them, including ventilated facades, curtain walls, and monolayer structures. The hexagonal, honeycomb-like skins could have far-reaching implications for BIPV design in projects as small as parking structures or as large as Olympic stadiums. Watch the video below to see the fabrication process behind BIPV glass: