Pilot Projects

HeliaFilm® discover a greener future!

Development of solar active glass with

AGC Glass Europe


Energy output and performance
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First BIOPV installation on Heliatek´s company building in Dresden

In 2014 HeliaFilm® was installed for the first time at Heliatek’s Dresden headquarters. It has been laminated into glass by AGC Glass Europe, the European branch of AGC (the world’s largest producer of flat glass) and a long-term strategic business partner of Heliatek.

  • Integration of HeliaFilm® into flat glass sheets
  • North-East orientation
  • Realized in August 2014
  • 1 kWp installed power
  • Demonstrates excellent low-light behavior under non-optimal orientation and aesthetic integration into glass façade
  • So far up more than 20% higher energy yield than a comparable traditional solar installation

Development of solar active concrete with

Reckli GmbH

First BIOPV concrete façade installation, Reckli China

HeliaFilm® was installed at the premises of Reckli China in PuDong, Shanghai. It was directly integrated into the concrete façade elements provided by Reckli, a long-term strategic business partner of Heliatek, becoming the world’s first BIOPV concrete façade installation.

  • Integration of HeliaFilm® into concrete
  • East I South I West orientation
  • Realized in November 2014
  • 0,62 kWp installed power
  • Demonstrates the benefits of energy harvesting using three different orientations and the robustness of the solar film on concrete

Development of solar active PVC membrane with

Pilot project for energy self-sufficient air dome with PARANET Germany, Berlin

Successfully installed solar film, HeliaFilm®, on a PVC-based membrane air dome in Berlin, Germany. The project was implemented together with PARANET Germany, a leading provider of air domes and an important industry partner. PARANET is producing air domes for sport, events or emergency accommodations supporting humanitarian aid missions. The size of the air domes varies from 18 x 18 meters up to 200 x 100 meters.

  • Integration of HeliaFilm® into PVC membrane
  • South orientation
  • Realized in November 2014
  • 1,4 kWp installed power
  • Demonstrates flexible and thin film for energy harvesting on lightweight structures
  • Energy being used for lighting and ventilation system of the air dome
  • Reduces simultaneously the heat transfer into the dome thus improving the living conditions for the inhabitants
“The addition of PVC membrane to our material portfolio is a major step in implementing Heliatek´s marketing strategy.”
Dr. Thomas Bickl, VP Sales & Product Development

Next Development of solar active concrete with

Reckli GmbH

BIOPV concrete façade installation, Reckli Herne, Germany

After successful installation in China, the next project with Reckli was at Reckli´s headquarters in Herne. The energy output will be directly used to power the electrical forklifts of Reckli.

Implementation of the project in April/May.

  • Integration of HeliaFilm® into concrete
  • South-West orientation
  • Realized in March 2015
  • 1 kWp installed power
  • Demonstrates different application techniques and superior energy harvesting

Development of solar active façades with


Asia’s largest BIOPV installation vTrium Energy, Singapore

Heliatek’s organic solar film, HeliaFilm®, will be the core part of this test-bed platform for investigation of new sustainable, urban-fit technologies. HeliaFilm® will be installed on more than 200m² with a peak power of up to 10 kWp. Three different parts of buildings in JTCs Cleantech Park 1 and 2 and the Seletar Aerospace walkway will be covered with solar films. HeliaFilm® will be combined with various building materials: within and on glass and on metal. Several versions of HeliaFilm® will be used: full power opaque, transparent and different colors.

  • Integration of HeliaFilm® into glass and on metal on more than 200 square meters
  • North | North-West orientation
  • Start in July 2015
  • Approx. 10 kWp planned power
  • Demonstrates significant energy harvesting in tropical conditions
  • No special ventilation/cooling system required unlike conventional PV solutions
“The combination of several HeliaFilm® versions and the application in different orientations on various materials makes this project very exciting for us.”
Thibaud Le Séguillon, CEO Heliatek GmbH

Development of solar active steel panels with

First large BIOPV project on African continent with Kandil Steel

Heliatek has implemented, with its partner Kandil Steel, its first Building integrated Organic Photovoltaic (BIOPV) pilot project in Africa. In this installation, the opaque HeliaFilm® has a custom length of 2.5m and are combined with steel as an integrated building material. This Installation represents a first test project for further steel applications by Kandil Steel.

  • Integration of HeliaFilm® on steel façade panels
  • South-West orientation
  • Start in June 2016
  • Focus: Egypt´s hot and sunny weather conditions are ideal for HeliaFilm® due to its excellent high temperature perfomance, leading to outstanding energy harvesting results


Development of solar active steel panels with

First time installation of organic solar film on biogas plant with innogy

For the first time in a project two forms of renewable energy production have been combined in a new way. Besides the production of bio-methane, the biogas plant of innogy in Bergheim-Paffendorf, Germany is used for a pilot installation of the organic solar film by Heliatek.

About 95 square meters of HeliaFilm® have been installed directly on profiled steel panels of the fermenter façade. This is a world first for such a technology approach.The light weight of HeliaFilm® is a key advantage since it makes installation on existing façades possible. The influence of statics of a building, especially in comparison to other technologies, is negligible.

  • Integration of HeliaFilm® on profiled steel façade panels
  • South-West and South-East orientation
  • Start in June 2016
  • 5,40 kWp installed power
  • The vertical mounting of the HeliaFilm® emphasize it´s unique properties: the superior low light performance enables a stable energy output in a non-optimal orientation
  • The high temperature behavior of the film allows the direct application to the façade structure without requiring extra ventilation


Application of solar active fiber cement panels & glass

Energy update for the façade in Belgium

Together with Heliatek, ENGIE decided to retrofit the façades of the Group's research centre, ENGIE Laborelec, in Linkebeek, for a new project involving the installation of HeliaFilm®. Heliatek developed the façade elements with its partners AGC and SVK, installing Heliatek solar films in two locations: directly on the SVK fibre cement façade elements on the south side of the ENGIE Laborelec building, and integrated into the AGC windows at the entrance to the building. An installation such as this shows how electricity generation can be combined with enhancement of the aesthetics and appearance of existing façades.

  • Integration of HeliaFilm® on fiber cement elements on 50 square meter together with SVK & integration into glass with AGC
  • South-orientation
  • Realized in March 2017
  • 2,3 kWp installed power
  • Comprehensive data analysis via online measurement


Development of solar active glass car roof with


First samples for roof integrated solar systems, Webasto Automotive

Heliatek is developing, together with Webasto, the prototype of a transparent and electrically active car roof system. Webasto is as one of the world’s largest 100 suppliers for the automotive industry.

  • Integration of transparent HeliaFilm® into glass car roof
  • Integrating HeliaFilm® into the car roof as a powering device will help car OEMs to achieve their CO2 reduction goals.

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