Feb 042010
 

Solar Chases the Sun

Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) or concentrating PV technologies aren’t new

In the age of green energy we are seeing interesting new developments that marry building materials with the capacity to harness renewable power sources. Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) or concentrating PV technologies aren’t new, but the ability to concentrate and maximize the capture of energy by tracking sunlight from dawn to dusk is. The New York-based Center for Architectural Science and Ecology CASE has unveiled a new Integrated Concentrating (IC) Dynamic Solar Facade which does just that – and it looks great!

Previous examples of the technology have used integrated, multi-tier photovoltaic and heat insulation technology embedded in super-tempered glass window systems, but the breakthrough here is a combination of:

  • A miniaturized concentrator solar cell
  • A tracking system
  • A glass pyramid shape

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