Ta-da! Lublin building becomes world’s first to be clad in perovskite ‘sun-breaker’ panels
A building in Lublin has become the first in the world to install an innovative photovoltaic installation made entirely from solar panels using pioneering perovskite technology.
The installation which covers an area of 32 square meters, functions as a photovoltaic blind, or so-called ‘sun breaker’ protecting the building from both overheating and overcooling.
Controlled automatically, the panels collaborate with a weather station installed on the roof, which allows them to change position depending on the movements of the sun.
Olga Malinkiewicz, CTO and co-founder of Saule Technologies behind the use of the new technology said: “We proudly present our complete product – automatic slats – sun breakers, operating on the facade of our first client’s building – Aliplast.
“After opening the world’s first perovskite cell factory in Wrocław in May, today, less than three months later, we are again making a revolution in the global photovoltaic and renewable energy industry.
“It is the world’s first commercial use of perovskite solar cells.”
The Perovskite technology, which allows for thinner and more flexible solar panels which can be installed on a wider range of surfaces, can generate the same amount of energy from both natural and artificial light.
The perovskite material used in the production of cells can be chemically manufactured and used like an ink, with panels being printed with the help of specialised printers.
Due to their properties, the perovskite cells can also be used on surfaces previously unsuitable for all or any type of solar panel installation such as lightweight constructions, car roofs, sails on yachts and smartphone and laptop cases.
Co-founder of the company Dawid Zieliński said that the Lublin installation was a pilot installation.
“We are going to analyse how it works under Polish conditions in the East and we will think how we can optimise the costs of installing this type of device so that it can be commercialised globally.”