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Smart buildings through innovative membrane roofs and façades


Heliatek is part of the new research project FLEX-G

Dolce Vita Shopping Complex in Lisbon, Portugal © Hightex GmbH

Roof and façade elements of membranous material are rarely functionalized yet with energy-saving features such as thermal shielding layers or integrated solar modules. Under the lead of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, a consortium of nine industrial and research partners has been formed to change that situation.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi, funding reference 03ET1470A), the Research Project FLEX-G started in June under the federal construction technology initiative named ENERGIEWENDE BAUEN. Within the project duration of 3-years, the main goal is to investigate technologies for the manufacturing of translucent and transparent membrane roof and façade elements with integrated optoelectronic components. The focus lies on a switchable total energy transmittance and on flexible solar cell integration to significantly contribute to both energy saving and power generation in buildings. With integration of flexible optoelectronic components on vaulted building envelopes FLEX-G will contribute considerably to reducing the primary energy consumption of buildings. This is also in-line with the goal of the German federal government to reduce primary energy consumption in Germany to up 50 % by 2050.

More information about the project you can find here.

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