Adaptive facade collectors for solar architecture

Within the German RnD project Arkol, two innovative facade collectors are being developed: a stripe collector and solar thermal venetian blinds.

In January 2016, the German research and development project Arkol has started. Two innovative facade collectors will be developed wich give architects more degrees of freedom to design solar architecture. On the one hand side a stripe collector will be developed which provides a high solar thermal performance while the material and the distance between the stripes can be chosen within a broad range. On the other side, solar thermal venetian blinds are being developed. They are well suited within double skin facades, they can retract and tilt as standard venetian blinds, but provide renewable heat and can reduce the solar heat gain coefficient (g value). Both technologies use heat pipes to collect the heat efficiently.

Contact person: Simon Häringer, M.Sc.