The EU-funded SmartFlex project has developed new design software and production technology for solar façades which allow architects to plan on-site solar elements in a diverse range of colours and shapes. These elements can then be manufactured on an industrial scale.

The SmartFlex project aims to demonstrate the multi-functional photovoltaic building element as a plug and play device that can be safely and easily installed onto any building. It wants to provide a platform for solar elements to be customised, allowing them to be seamlessly integrated into buildings. Architects’ requests are met by enhanced modularity in system design, various sizes, colours, shapes and materials.

SmartFlex bridges the gap between photovoltaic manufacturers and architects. It aims to meet the technical requirements that architects, engineers and installers encounter when designing, engineering and installing building-integrated solar systems. As a result, its backers say, solar façades can be designed and constructed far more cheaply, easily and in more bespoke configurations than ever before.

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