What if bus stops, school roofs and buildings themselves could produce energy? Heliatek, a German start-up, has developed flexible, self-adhesive, fully organic solar panels that can be installed absolutely anywhere, even in places where conventional photovoltaic solutions cannot go. We take a look at the innovation in our feature "Protecting the planet one step at a time" in partnership with the NGO Energy Observer Solutions.
Imagine that all surfaces exposed to the sun can produce electricity. That dream has become a reality thanks to Heliatek with its flexible and self-adhesive photovoltaic panels, which can be positioned anywhere you like, taking solar energy production to a whole new level.
The urgency of energy transition
Today, renewable energies only represent 2% of global electricity production, whilst fossil energies expel ever more greenhouse gases, accelerating global warming. Scientists have set 2030 as the point of no return. Heliatek is contributing to sustainable energy transition by reinventing the future of the photovoltaic panel.
Heliatek, the photovoltaic revolution
Traditional solar panels weigh up to 25 kilos and generate vast quantities of heat, which limits the number of structures and buildings, able to accommodate them. Heliatek's solution is just a matter of grams and is capable of producing up to 85 watts per square metre of surface area. Its principle: carbon nano-molecules deposited on a polyethylene film capable of converting light into electricity. These panels require little maintenance, withstand bad weather and are easy to install. The possibilities of installation are endless. Every surface exposed to the sun (bus shelters, walls, buildings, vehicles, clothing, etc.) has the potential to become an energy source.
Energy Observer is the name of the first hydrogen-powered, zero-emission vessel to be self-sufficient in energy, advocating and serving as a laboratory for ecological transition. Criss-crossing the oceans without air or noise pollution for marine ecosystems, Energy Observer sets out to meet women and men who devote their energy to creating sustainable solutions for a more harmonious world. Find out more: https://www.energy-observer.media/en/solutions .