The EU project SmartFlex has announced the completion of a production line for manufacturing individually designed solar photovoltaic (PV) façades on an industrial scale.
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The factory, which belongs to the project partner Via Solis, will manufacture photovoltaic elements of varying shapes and colours that architects can use to realize their visions, reports.

In addition to producing rectangular modules, the production line can create square, triangular and round modules in any RAL colour. The PV factory has a production capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) and is powered using 100-percent renewable energy. A total of EUR 37 million was invested in building the PV cell and module production line.

"Architects repeatedly find that their designs for solar façade elements are either technically impossible or too expensive to implement. Our production line is set to change this and will even allow unusual solar façades to be constructed," says Rimvydas Karoblis, CEO of Via Solis, a Lithuanian solar systems manufacturer with subsidiaries across Europe.

"We decided to use highly innovative production methods: Thermo sealing with butyl, for example, ensures that our crystalline modules last for a long time," he said.

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