Emirates Insolaire’s solar glass at Danish school to create one of the world’s largest photovoltaic façades

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Published March 8th, 2016 - 06:51 GMT
Dubai Investments
Dubai Investments

Emirates Insolaire LLC, a pioneer in the development and application of the unique KromatixTM solar technology and a joint venture of Dubai Investments & SwissINSO Holding Inc., has announced that it has won the supply contract of over 12,000 coloured solar glass for Copenhagen International School [CIS] Nordhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark, to create one of the largest photovotaic buildings-of-its-kind in the world with photovoltaic modules.

A total of 12,000 solar panels, covering a total area above 6,000 square meters, will be installed on the façade of CIS Nordhavn, making it the first school across the globe to have complete photovoltaic façade and one of the largest building integrated photovoltaic [BIPV] projects in the world. Construction of the project has begun and is expected to be completed by end of June 2016.

SolarLab is producing the photovoltaic modules with Emirates Insolaire’s KromatixTM solar glass while C.F. Moller Architects, one of Scandinavia's oldest and largest architectural companies, are the project architects.

Once completed, the panels, which will be individually angled to create a sequin-like effect, will supply more than half of the school’s annual electricity consumption – producing about 300 MWh per year, which is equivalent to energy needs of 70 single-family homes – and will be one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark, thus setting new benchmarks in sustainability in the country.

The KromatixTM solar glass for the project are ready to ship, and Emirates Insolaire, along with its partners, organized a special reception at Dubai Investments House, Dubai Investments Park to mark the milestone. The reception was attended by H.E. Morten Siem Lynge, Consul General of Denmark in Dubai, Khalid Bin Kalban, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Investments, as also senior representatives from Emirates Insolaire, SolarLab and CIS.

Khalid Bin Kalban said: “The project in Copenhagen, being executed by Dubai Investments-Emirates Insolaire with KromatixTM technology, falls within the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the governments of UAE and Denmark to boost cooperation in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. Dubai Investments is committed to sustainable business practices in line with the initiatives undertaken by the UAE government to diversify energy sources. Through Emirates Insolaire, Dubai Investments is thrilled to offer its world-class technology to prestigious projects across the globe.”

Rafic Hanbali, Managing Partner of Emirates Insolaire, said: “Emirates Insolaire is privileged to receive the contract for the Copenhagen International School Nordhavn. The project is very important for Emirates Insolaire and offers the company significant inroads into Europe and the rest of the world for its unique technology. Emirates Insolaire has brought in a paradigm shift in solar applications by introducing aesthetic appeal to façades coupled with added efficiency.”

John Bo Jacobsen, Chairman of the Board of the Property Foundation Copenhagen International School, said: “We are proud that with the construction of the new school we can integrate innovative architecture into our teaching principles. The goal of the school is to enhance students’ competences in an international environment so that they become responsible citizens of the world with a focus on sustainability.”

Peter Roedder, Managing Director of SolarLab, added: “SolarLab is privileged to have won this iconic project for Copenhagen International School; and is a major milestone in our journey. Our partnership with Emirates Insolaire will go a long way in introducing this unique coloured solar panel technology for our projects.”

Emirates Insolaire, which installed the world’s first KromatixTM coloured solar PV modules in Switzerland and Austria last year, is witnessing considerable interest for its solar panels globally, amidst rising demand and awareness towards a more sustainable future. The company is expecting an exponential demand with projects and products rapidly entering all markets.

One of the important advantages of the Emirates Insolaire technology, apart the beauty of its products, is that the coloured KromatixTM solar panels offer high efficiency while allowing vertical integration and less demand on horizontal required space.

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Dubai Investments

Dubai Investments PJSC is a leading public joint stock company listed on the Dubai Financial Market with over 16,771 shareholders and a paid-up capital of AED 4 billion. Incorporated in 1995, the Company has grown exponentially with investments in a number of businesses across a number of sectors, ranging from real estate, processing industries, mergers and acquisitions, healthcare, education to financial investments in the UAE and the Middle East. Dubai Investments continues to create positive economic impact and long-term value for its stakeholders by investing in sustainable, growth sectors in markets across the globe.

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