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Curved BIPV bridge

Architectural system: 
Opaque roof
Tilted roof
Building use: 
religious
BIPV costruction year: 
From 2013
Source: 
Other
Curved BIPV bridge, Mecca © Sunovation
Location: 
Al Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The challenge of this project was to continue the architecture of the overall construction with its dome structures and curved elements. Curved BIPV modules were integrated on the bridges’ roof, close to the Masjid al-Haram mosque.

Aesthetic integration

The customized colour of both the PV cells and the module glass layers creates a homogeneous overall appearance. The BIPV surfaces follow the construction shape thanks to the curved modules provided in 14 different sizes (without edges). The mounting structure is invisible.

Energy integration

The BIPV modules are estimated to produce around 2.8 GWh per year.

Technology integration

8600 glass-glass modules (eFORM colour) were integrated on the bridge, as custom products provided by SUNOVATION. They are double screen printed and contain high-efficiency crystalline cells. The unique Silicon Cell Embedding Technology (SCET) is applied in the creation of the BIPV modules, enabling the architects to seamlessly integrate curved solar glass elements into the curved roof shape.

Decision making

Green coloured modules were integrated since the green is an important and meaningful colour for Muslims people.

Lesson learnt

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Data

PROJECT DATA

Project type: 
Retrofit
Building function: 
Religious
Integration system: 
Opaque tilted roof

BIPV SYSTEM DATA

Module type: 
Custom made modules
Solar technology: 
Crystalline Silicon
System capacity [kWp]: 
1,540
System size [m²]: 
13,000
Module size [mm]: 
14 different
Orientation: 
Several
Tilt [°]: 
Several

BIPV SYSTEM COSTS

Total cost [€]: 
-
€/m²: 
-
€/kWp: 
-

PRODUCER DATA

Producer: 
Sunovation GmbH
Address: 
Glanzstoffstraße 21, Elsenfeld, Germany
Contact: 
info@sunovation.de +49(0) 6022 / 26573-0

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Al Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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