Smart, efficient and highly aesthetic
By providing a new surface finish and appearance, Dutch Solar Design changes PV modules from sustainable, yet somewhat disruptive elements, into a recognisable construction material with endless possibilities – capable of adding design value to the appearance of buildings. The Solar Visuals-panel is a combination of photovoltaic material that produces solar energy and an integrated full-colour print that can be designed by the client. The panels are available in different sizes, colours and prints.
To maintain energy output, a patented dot printing software technology was created by UNStudio’s research platform and partner companies. This technology is capable of translating images into a setup of dots of different coverage ratios, controlling colour, contrast, brightness and a degree of randomness in the final effect. Based on the principle of rasterisation, the dot pattern plays with the perception of the human eye: zooming in, one can discern the separate dots, zooming out, the dots are perceived as one amalgamated image. This revolutionary dot pattern technique enables the optimisation of energy output without compromising creative freedom and artistic expression.
A predefined toolbox offering standardised designs and standardised rasterisation coverages is available to apply these design principles. Pilot projects have been initiated and will be developed in the coming year.