The energy sector is in rapid transition, meaning that in the future energy will no longer be generated and consumed in the way that it is today. Against this backdrop, in 2016 the ENGIE Group acquired a 6.6% stake in Heliatek, one of the world leaders in the production of organic photovoltaic (OPV) films.
Heliatek developed the façade elements with its partners AGC and SVK. The aim of this project is to investigate the ways in which solar energy can be generated from a building façade. The installation will also allow the building integration of this technology to be tested in real operational conditions.
The Heliatek solar films have been installed in two locations: directly on the SVK fiber cement façade elements on the south side of the ENGIE Laborelec building, and integrated into the AGC windows at the entrance to the building. The HeliaFilms on the façade and windows covers a total surface area of 50 square meters and the estimated annual power generation of 2,300 kWh is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by a small household.
New ENGIE-Heliatek projects are in the planning phase. Following the ENGIE Laborelec project, the two companies plan to install HeliaFilms on ENGIE Fabricom’s buildings in Antwerp by October.
“The completion of the façade demonstrates the ease with which HeliaFilm can be installed as a retrofit,” said Heliatek CEO Thibaud Le Séguillon. “Heliatek’s mission is to enable our customers to generate decentralized energy using our HeliaFilms and at the same time encourage the use of new technologies on existing infrastructures, such as the buildings themselves.”