São Paulo will have the largest facade generating solar energy with Photovoltaics from Brazil

One of the largest facades in the world will be inaugurated in São Paulo with a commercial application of photovoltaic cells that capture sunlight and convert it into electricity.

The announcement was made by SUNEW, a Brazilian company that produces organic photovoltaic (OPV) films. The application will generate enough power to maintain 66 workstations, in addition to avoiding the emission of 578 tons of CO2 per year. In addition to composing the standard facade windows, creating a design differentiated from the building, the films will be used as part of the visual communication.

The initiative marks the beginning of the availability of the OPV solution for large-scale consumption in the world market. "An investment of 100 million reais was made for technology development and plant deployment, which today has a production capacity of 400 thousand m² of organic photovoltaic films per year," said Marcos Maciel, CEO of SUNEW.

Organic photovoltaic films (OPVs) are plastic films printed with an organic paint capable of producing solar energy. According to the manufacturer, the innovation is 40x lighter, 50% more transparent, and 100% flexible compared to conventional rigid boards used in other generations.

"This technology has features that can revolutionize the solar energy market, enabling applications in places where existing technologies do not apply today. The OPV is lightweight, flexible, translucent and has low dependence on the angle of solar incidence, blocking of UV and infrared rays, as well as highly customized in terms of color and format, "explains Maciel.

The OPV differentials also represent its greatest competitive advantage by enabling applications ranging from the facade of a building, such as this project, to the roof of a vehicle or a canopy of a square.


The São Paulo project, designed by the construction company Inovalli, was designed as a model for a new generation of constructions that combine innovation and sustainability.

The application of OPV is also capable of withholding 95% of UV radiation, which, combined with the fact that the material is transparent and allows light to enter, contributes to thermal comfort and better management of the building's energy efficiency.

These combined factors have the potential to guarantee up to 44 points in the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, created to classify sustainable buildings according to the rationalization criteria of resources (energy, water, etc.) served by a building.


The manufacturer points out that it has the highest production capacity of OPV in the world, and that its films are made from organic raw materials and abundant in nature. According to them, the technology is sustainable since the production process spends 20 times less energy than the manufacture of traditional panels.

"The production process of Organic Photovoltaics emits less harmful gases to the environment and consumes less energy than the traditional technologies on the market, figuring as the photovoltaic technology with the lowest carbon footprint available today. All these properties allow the union of design with energy and sustainability. For example, only reducing the thermal load incident on an OPV façade can achieve up to 10% reduction in the total energy consumption of the building, "says Tiago Maranhão, Chairman of the Board of Sunew.

The application is in the final phase and the building is due to open in January next year.

Source: Ciclo Vivo <> 21/12/2016 | 16h43. Photos: SUNEW