Solar technology with the beauty of butterfly wings


Photovoltaic and solar thermal systems are not always considered aesthetically enhancing to a building. The colored modules, however, being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE are refreshingly challenging this perspective. Inspired by the phenomen that causes the shimmerings shades of blue or green of the wings of the morpho butterfly, the underlying mechanism of spectrally selective reflectance allows the finished modules to be a homogenously uniform color. Whether you want gorgeous bright tones or more subdued grays it is possible to design the solar module color to enhance or blend with the building to which the module will be mounted. These colorful modules will be exhibited at the next BAU trade fair.





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