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World’s Largest Solar Panel Facade Powers Danish School
Copenhagen International School’s new building in the Nordhavn district features the largestsolar facade in the world. The 12,000 solar glass panels can generate 300 megawatt hours of electricity per year, more than half of the school’s annual energy needs. After much anticipation, the pre-K to 12th grade campus opened last month.
The unique sea-green hue of the panels was created by the research institute Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne (EPFL) after more than a decade of development. By using the process of light interference, the researchers achieved the tiles’ distinctive color without using any pigments and without reducing energy efficiency.
“It means so much to me that the school is moving to a new campus that is committed to sustainability,” said Copenhagen International School director Jennifer Weyburn. “The kids can learn things about sustainable solutions for the future.”
The vegetables and fruits growing in the greenhouses can be eaten and can “teach kids where food actually comes from,” said 12th grade student Aoife Sweeney.
The color of the panels are a technological feature in their own right.
The solar facade has a total area of 6,048 square meters, making it “one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark,” according to the designers at CF Møller Architects.
Here are some of the building’s other impressive sustainable features:
- High performance thermal insulation
- Daylight photovoltaic cells / solar heating
- Passive solar design
- Energy efficient design
- High insulation values
- Low energy windows
- Green roof
- LCA sustainable planning
- Rainwater harvesting
- Prefabricated components
- Healthy building
- Noise minimization
- Natural ventilation
- Low-energy standard (2020)
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