Heliatek cooperates with Engie – solar graffiti in Mexico
Engie, a French energy group, recently launched the international advertising campaign ‘Engie Harmony’. The campaign's first project is called ‘Solar Graffiti’ and features an installation on a sports field near Mexico City that combines the graffiti art of the local Street Artists N3O with Heliatek's (Dresden, Germany) solar films to power innovative and sustainable lighting. The project ‘Solar Graffiti’ and the resulting commercial are among the seven flagship projects of the Engie Harmony campaign and are intended to symbolise how technical progress can be realised in harmony with man and nature.
‘Solar Graffiti’ is a technological and social project where the ‘Gomez Farias’ sports ground is being revived and is improving the lives of local people with 100% green lighting. With the energy that is gained and stored during the day through the solar films, the sports field can be illuminated in the evening and brings a more sociable atmosphere to this neighbourhood. The inhabitants rediscover a place that was otherwise abandoned at nightfall.
A total of 111 films of HeliaSol were installed both on the wall elements and above in amplitude form. HeliaSol is Heliatek's ready-to-use solar product solution that can be easily applied to flat and curved surfaces and stands out from conventional photovoltaic technology for its flexibility and light weight (1kg/m²).
Thibaud Le Séguillon, Heliatek’s CEO, commented: “We are very proud to work with Engie on such an iconic campaign. Our HeliaSol organic solar films are a perfect fit for this urban installation. Together we bring decentralised, decarbonised power generation to the city centres.”
Etienne Lerch, ENGIE Laborelec, Center of Research and Development ENGIE, added: “This project is a great premiere. The approach is unique and bold, because it brings a whole new technology together with the work of a street artist. A real solar art work, consisting of the organic solar films of Heliatek and enchanting art. Lightweight, flexible and easy to install, the solar films literally blend in with this art landscape to provide their residents with a lasting, powerful and therefore useful solution. And it's very exciting to immediately see the benefits for the neighbourhood's residents."
Since 2016, ENGIE has been an investor in the German company Heliatek and holds around 8% of the capital. As a manufacturer of large-area organic solar films, Heliatek focuses on B2B applications in the area of building-integrated photovoltaics. With the solar films HeliaFilm and HeliaSol, buildings can generate truly green energy. With approximately 20 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour, this technology provides the lowest carbon footprint of all energy generation types. The extra thin and lightweight solar films can either be applied directly to facades or roofs or integrated into building materials without the need for additional cooling or ventilation systems.
Caption: Solar Graffiti with HeliaSol from Heliatek (photo: Leonardo Medina Ruiz; ENGIE)