Construction materials represent more than 40% of the Project Cost in construction projects. Therefore, it becomes necessary that the materials are used more efficiently. Even the selection of proper material is also a dilemma and need profound consideration. Innovation in respect of the materials should be done considering the requirements and suitability in the project. In general, construction materials, equipment and building techniques have become more energy efficient, economical, environment-friendly, user-friendly
and aesthetically better.
Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or facades. At present, BIPV are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power. The advantage of integrated photovoltaics is that the initial cost can be offset by reducing the amount spent on building materials and labor that would normally be used to construct the part of the building that the BIPV modules replace. These advantages make BIPV one of the fastest growing segments of the photovoltaic industry.
Sunjoule, a product of AGC Inc., is a BIPV in which solar cells are embedded in a laminated safety glass. As it is a laminated safety glass using either tempered or heat strengthened glass, high durability is realized by using Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) as the interlayer film. Solar cells are also designed to have enough distance from glass edge to secure long life.
At the same time, this generation has been taking action to the call of a greener and better environment. With this, the material we choose to construct our buildings should enhance safety, minimize pollution, be friendly to the natural environment and in general, create a healthy atmosphere.
Is it possible that we achieve both? Definitely YES! The building blocks of the future are being developed in research labs today. Every now and then, mankind go for innovations and existing construction materials are re-transformed, increasing its potential to change architecture today, tomorrow, and beyond.
Sunjoule is a custom product with free design and offer design of solar cell as per request. Client may create their space unique by the light and shadow through grid solar cells. Light can be transmitted between and around solar cells. The space of solar cells can range from 6mm to 30mm depending on the design requirement. Upon request, smaller space and wider space can be possible.
Introducing Sunjoule product to the Philippines is the Morning Sun Aluminum and Glass Contractor. Being in the industry for more than 19 years, Morning Sun wants to incorporate innovative products into their projects more than just the architectural glass, aluminium, and aluminium composite panels that they have been offering the market for years. Having this new solar product, the company believes that Sunjoule is a perfect product combining strength of a building material and the power of solar panels.
Morning Sun Aluminum and Glass Contractor got the agreement with AGC to be the sole distributor and installer of Sunjoule here in the Philippines. Adhering to their core values of providing high performance products, Morning Sun is also passionate in fulfilling their social responsibility of contributing to the society with their works while taking into consideration the health and safety of the community. This is, indeed, a milestone for the construction industry in the country as Sunjoule is finally here in the Philppines.
Sudare originally means a bamboo blinds which is widely used in Japan. Resembling design of bamboo blinds, SunJoule Sudare is a custom BIPV with a solar cell size of 156mm x 77.9mm.
As being “green” is really in demand nowadays, green wall can be achieved with the use of Sunjoule Green with solar cell size of 156mm x 156mm. Sunjoule Green offers new color variation which symbolizes clean and earth-friendly.
Sunjoule See-Through provides a clearer vision with the use of an amorphous silicon type solar module. Withthe standard size of 1400mm x 1100mm per unit, this is available in double glazing, as well.
Multiple Application Possibilities
Since Sunjoule comes into multiple designs, its applications are impressive, too. Aside from its usual use as Glass Canopy or Skylight, Sunjoule can also be installed vertically. Sunjoule is a perfect material to be used as glazing for curtain wall and building façade. It allows natural light into the building, reduces solar heat gain, and act as sound insulation, as well. Sunjoule can also be uses as glass louvers, glass railings and fence.
Sunjoule is a product of a well-trusted company, AGC Inc., which makes sure that Sunjoule went through extreme research and development before materialized. AGC is a Japanese global glass manufacturing company, headquartered in Tokyo. It is the largest glass company in the world and one of the core Mitsubishi companies. Asahi Glass was named one of Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators in 2013.
Source of Renewable Energy
Aside from the fact the Sunjoule are aesthetically pleasing, what made it more impressive is that it is a source of renewable energy. With the solar cells embedded on the glass, it knocks electrons loose from sunlight’s atoms when it hit the cells. As the electrons flow through the cell, they generate electricity. Thus, using Sunjoules is like investing on two things at a time: on a building material, and on solar power generator. This will drastically reduce electric bills which definitely makes it a great investment.
Eco Friendly Material
Using Sunjoule mean using less electricity. This also means less carbon emission which is good with our environment. With the use of Sunjoule, you are also helping in making our Mother Earth become cleaner and greener. D+C