The initiative, executed in partnership with Sunew, will be implemented at the FINDES headquarters, in Vitória, and will avoid emissions of hundreds of tons of CO2 using solar power.

 

Vitoria, March 11, 2019 – EDP, a company that operates in all segments of the electricity sector, and Sunew, the world leader in Organic Photovoltaic Films (OPV), signed a contract that will result in the installation of about 2 thousand square meters of adhesive OPV in several of EDP’s customers. Approximately 600 square meters will be installed at the headquarters of the Federation of Industries of Espírito Santo (Findes), located in the neighborhood of Santa Lucia, in Vitória. This will be the largest project in the world to use adhesive OPV technology on facades.

Scheduled to start in May, the initiative is an EDP project for the R&D program of the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), which seeks to develop new solutions for the electricity sector. The amount invested will be approximately R$ 5.15 million, to be invested in customer facilities in the concession areas of EDP Espírito Santo and EDP São Paulo. The deadline for the total development of the project is 20 months.

“This project, in partnership with Sunew, seeks to scale the technology of OPV integrated into adhesives, adding value to the generation of clean energy. Because it is versatile and adapts to glass façades and skylights applications , this solution allows an easier and more generalized use, and may in the near future enlarge the portfolio of services that EDP offers its customers,” says Fernando Saliba, an EDP director.

 

Sustainable Technology

Organic photovoltaic panels are composed of cells capable of generating electricity from sunlight. With features such as lightness, flexibility and transparency, the addition of adhesives allows the technology to adapt to a variety of structures in which traditional technologies do not apply. In the case of the Findes building, the application will be on the glass facade (vertical application) and the rooftop (horizontal application). Once installed, the adhesives will prevent the emission of up to 245 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

“Spreading the culture of innovation is one of our missions at Findes. If we want innovative companies and entrepreneurs, we must bring innovations to our day to day, adding solutions like the photovoltaic panels that will compose our facade. In addition, the technology is clean and sustainable, with economic and environmental gains, fully up to date with the contemporary world and the vision we have for future generations,” says Findes’ President Léo de Castro.

Sunew’s product is the greenest solar energy technology, since its production process has the lowest energy demand among all alternatives (only 1.4MJ / Wp) and the lowest carbon footprint (10 to 20 times smaller than traditional solar technologies). The films are made of non-toxic organic material using a printing process similar to the one used in the textile industry and requires less energy.

 

Applications

In addition to the installation at Findes’ headquarters, EDP will also install approximately 600 meters of OPV in its own headquarters in Espírito Santo, 300 square meters in its service shop in São Paulo and 400 square meters in the Technological Park of São José dos Campos.

“The partnership between EDP and Sunew aims to reaffirm the sustainable development, objectives both companies share, by combining clean energy generation with design and innovation. With the production and installation of 2,000 square meters of OPV, EDP will refrain from emitting about 80 tons of carbon dioxide per year. An excellent contribution to society and its end customers,” said Tiago Alves, CEO at  Sunew.

Like other photovoltaic technologies, the OPV panel can convert light into electrical energy and  work in conjunction with traditional photovoltaic panels. However, some of the product’s advantages are the cooling of a building’s temperature, reducing the need to use air conditioners; the blocking of infrared and ultraviolet radiation; and ease of installation and maintenance.

“After network drones and charging stations for electric vehicles, the application of adhesive OPV is another innovative solution that EDP brings to Espírito Santo,” says João Brito Martins, director at EDP ES.

 

Aneel Certified R&D Initiative

Aneel’s R&D program aims to adequately allocate human and financial resources in projects that demonstrate originality, applicability, relevance and economic viability of products and services, in the processes and end uses of energy.

After the production and installation of the adhesive, the photovoltaic technology will be monitored, and the collected data will be used to evaluate the photovoltaic film behavior. Then, from the review and the data collected by the project monitoring, a scientific paper will be produced addressing the performance of the OPV panel installation. EDP ​​and Sunew will also carry out the technical monitoring and quarterly reports to monitor the study and delivery to Aneel.

 

About EDP in Brazil

With more than 20 years of experience, EDP is one of the largest private companies in the electricity sector operating throughout the value chain. The company, which has more than 10 thousand direct and outsourced employees, operates in Generation, Distribution, Transmission, Commercialization and Energy Services. It has six hydroelectric generation units and one thermoelectric plant and serves around 3.4 million customers through its Distributors in São Paulo and Espírito Santo. Recently, it became the main shareholder of CELESC, in Santa Catarina. In Brazil, it is a reference in areas such as Innovation, Governance and Sustainability, having been for 13 consecutive years in the Business Sustainability Index (ISE) of B3.

About Sunew

Sunew was born with the goal of revolutionizing the solar industry in Brazil and in the world with the greenest technology for generating solar energy. The company has state-of-the-art facilities and a global potential, with its headquarters in Brazil and the United States.

About OPV

Organic Photovoltaic Films, also known as OPV, are third generation solar cells. Capable of turning sunlight into electrical energy, these panels are lightweight, flexible, semi-transparent and have the smallest carbon footprint when compared to other photovoltaic generation technologies. Learn more at sunew.us