Heliatek goes east: solar films for Samsung
Heliatek has successfully completed its first installation project in the Republic of Korea: Together with strategic partner SAMSUNG Engineering, 160m² HeliaSol modules were installed on the roof of a “gangway” between two large office buildings of SAMSUNG Electronics innovation campus in Suwon City near Seoul.
It is the first large-scale organic photovoltaic project in South Korea, which Heliatek has identified as a market especially suited for the products of the OPV leader, due to its large need for decentralised green energy as well as the beneficial factors: rising costs of electricity and favourable solar irradiance.
PETA Engineering, as future Heliatek application partner in South Korea, has done the design and installation of the project. The site will be extensively monitored in terms of electricity yields and degradation.
SAMSUNG and PETA claim to give the utmost priority to the environment, develop products and projects with improved environmental performance, and are explicitly looking for solutions that significantly improve the Carbon footprint. HeliaSol is reported to have huge potential for helping companies on achieving CO2 emission reduction targets: The CO2 emissions of the solution are estimated to be less than 10g of CO2 per generated kWh. This leads to a CO2 saving of up to 3t of CO2 per year due to the pilot installation.
Guido van Tartwijk, CEO at Heliatek, says: “We are looking forward to further develop the partnership with SAMSUNG Engineering, with larger installations from our new manufacturing facility, in order to help SAMSUNG achieve its ambitious environmental goals.”
Caption: Solar film from Heliatek (photo: Heliatek)