Heliatek, a specialist in organic solar energy solutions, announces today that its award-winning technology have been certified by TÜV Rheinland in a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to have a carbon footprint of less than 16 kg CO2e/m2.
For a sustainable future under the advancing climate change, the growing energy demand of our planet must be supplied by eco-friendly, low carbon energy sources. Heliatek has developed industrial-grade organic solar films for virtually any surface of any building, thereby delivering energy solutions that make a significant contribution to avoid greenhouse gas emissions.
Heliatek’s organic solar films already save the CO2e (CO2 equivalent) generated through its entire life cycle from production to its disposal after less than 3 months.
To compare the carbon footprint with other solar technologies, all results need to be converted to g CO2e/kWh to reflect the electricity generation over lifetime depending on a specific location. For South Europe, HeliaSol has a carbon footprint of 5-7 g CO2e/kWh (7-9 g CO2e/kWh in Central Europe), which is already beating all other solar technologies.
Standard crystalline silicon modules achieve values of 40-100 g CO2e /kWh depending on their installation location and origin of production. “With the continuing increase of our solar cell efficiency, we will bring the carbon footprint of our product even further down to become the energy source with the lowest carbon footprint in the world including hydroelectric, wind and solar power. This is a truly green product.“, says Jan Birnstock, CTO of Heliatek.
Heliatek is currently installing its large-scale production line for their unique OPV solar films. The line is in the ramp-up phase and will produce organic solar films with an annual capacity of up to 1 million m² from mid-2020.