The $40 million tower will be equipped with 1,182 solar panels as thick as an ordinary glass facade.
An eight – storey Skala building will be built in West Melbourne, Australia. It will become the country’s first office tower completely covered with solar panels, which will be a turning point for the construction industry.
The $40 million tower will be equipped with 1,182 panels as thick as an ordinary glass facade. Now, the Skala solar panel system is manufactured by the German company Avancis.
When the construction is completed, the array of panels will provide sufficient power to meet almost all the energy needs of the building with virtually no current electricity costs. The building will also become carbon neutral in a few years, which will serve as a vivid example of the prospects for decarbonization of the construction industry.
The thin-film photovoltaic module of the building will transmit the generated electricity to the main power source of the tower. According to The Guardian, it can generate 50 times more energy than a typical rooftop photovoltaic solar cell used in residential buildings.
Once completed, the system will provide enough power to meet the energy needs of the entire building, preventing the emission of 77 tons of CO? per year. It is planned that with the addition of additional roof panels, the building will practically not consume electricity and will become carbon neutral in a few years.