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Smart Voltaic Louvres

A solar shading system to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings

September 2021
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Commercial buildings often have limited roof space for conventional solar panels. They also require shading devices for protection against the harsh summer sun. The Solution generates solar energy, and it saves energy by reducing heating, cooling, and artificial lighting needs in commercial buildings. It is the Internet of Things (IoT) enabled and uses a sun-tracking algorithm with inputs from sensors and other data to optimize louvre slat position with minimum to no manual involvement. This allows louvres to be controlled individually, collectively, or per façade, while the stacking option can be utilised to maximise daylight, ventilation or to allow for window maintenance. It is a turn-key solution consisting of an array of double-sided photovoltaic slats installed in their frame onto a building façade, with dynamic slat control through the intelligent automation system. This is supported by an ongoing performance monitoring and maintenance service. Other than commercial buildings, the Solution is also suitable for industrial buildings, public buildings, and residential and agricultural markets. It could be installed horizontally or vertically, in front of windows, against building façades, or as fencing/partitioning.

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Label Date September 15, 2021
From South Africa
Maturity stage Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab
Looking For New clients, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • Produces solar energy up to 80% of conventional solar
  • Energy-efficiency savings of up to 60%
  • Up to 50 % reduction in CO2 emission
  • Durable lifetime for more than 30 years
  • Can be refurbished and is 99% recyclable

The Financial benefits

  • Less than 3 years payback period (with incentives)
  • Up to €52 in energy savings/m2 installation per year

Activity Region

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South Africa,

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

Company Profile


Assisting building owners globally in achieving net zero-carbon emissions for their buildings

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Headquarters Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
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