JinkoSolar Supplies BIPV System for Worlds First Net Zero Large Scale Government Building

  • JinkoSolar today announce Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) new headquarter building integrated with 5MW of JinkoSolar’s N-type BIPV facade, was listed Fortune’s China 50 Best Designs.
  • The green-ever building with the world’s highest efficient BIPV technology was considered the best-designed product of the “modern zero-emission era.” 

The ranked project and products are nominated and evaluated based on five criteria: how adaptable and expandable the product is; impact on society or the environment; ease of use; commercial success; and whether it redefined its category. The results show a clear shift in design philosophy over the last few years. Design has graduated from value-adding to value-driving, unlocking and making accessible the value in new technology.

With regards to JinkoSolar’s BIPV façade products, respondents and judgers did not speak so much to its ever-evolving high efficiency and aesthetic appealing but to the way in which the building integrated PV has transformed buildings design concept and every aspect of how a green zero emission building of the future.

“We are honored that DEWA project using our high efficient N-type BIPV façade panel rose to the top of Fortune’s Best Design list, showing the power of renewable energy integrated with the power of architecture design.,” said Dany Qian, vice president of JinkoSolar. “The understanding of modern best design today has emphases on how elegantly the product performs its specific purpose or function which is good and sustainable for the earth, for the environment, and for people.

The total energy used in the building during a year will be equal to or less than the energy produced on-site. Image credit: DEWA

Once complete, DEWA’s new headquarters, called Al-Shera’a (Arabic for sail), will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy building in the world. Total energy used in the building during a year will be equal to or less than the energy produced on-site during that year. The building is designed to receive a platinum rating by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Al-Sheraa’s built-up area is over 2 million square feet. It has 15 floors, a basement and 4 floors of car parking. It can house 5,000 people. The building has over 20,000 square metres of photovoltaic solar panels rated to 5MW plus 1000 square metres of Building Integrated Photovoltaics. The building will generate over 6,500 megawatt hours (MWh) a year of renewable energy. The building is also designed to use 50% less water than regular buildings. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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