Solar Visuals

Start up

New energy producing building material

Solar Visuals is a startup, founded by UNSense and partners ECN part of TNO and printing specialist TS Visuals. We co-developed this revolutionary new cladding material that combines high production of solar energy with visual design aesthetics. The application of the Solar Visuals panels in the façades and surfaces of buildings creates opportunities for energy production in the built environment on a large scale. With this technology buildings in the future will become batteries that provide the energy needed for their own use and more. The innovative combination of full colour print and high efficiency photovoltaic material make the Solar Visuals panels smart, efficient and visually attractive at once.

Making cities and buildings climate neutral by 2030

Solar Visuals fills a gap in the existing market of traditional solar panels. With the Paris Climate Agreement, the building industry will be confronted with huge challenges: in order to create a built environment that is energy neutral by 2030, 7 million houses and 1 million buildings in the Netherlands will need to be renovated and equipped with solar panels so that they can provide their own energy. This will have a huge visual impact on the built environment and demands new products and building integrated solutions like Solar Visuals. Check the products and possibilities at www.solarvisuals.nl

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.

Partners

The Solar Visual-panels, also known as Dutch Solar Design PV-modules, are developed by the research consortium Dutch Solar Design, formed by ECN part of TNO, architectural office UNStudio/ UNSense, printing specialist TS Visuals, the Design Innovation Group, façade specialist Aldowa and the research team Urban Technology of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA). For the market introduction and sales of the product the Solar Visuals Ltd. was founded and its shareholders are TNO, TS Visuals and UNSense.
The project received a grant from the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO). Design