Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Solar Panel Factory in Kilkis, Thessaloniki, Greece by Henning Larsen Architects
March 25th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
The Solar Panel Factory is located in Kilkis – an industrial area north of Thessaloniki in Greece. The building comprises two production lines, input and output warehouses, technical support areas as well as administration and staff areas.
The overall architectural design is based on a ‘form follows function’ concept. The clear and rational design follows the line of the production process from the input preparation area through the production zone where the solar panels are assembled to the output and storage warehouse where the prepacked panels are collected by lorries.
The building generates the majority of energy used itself by means of photovoltaic panels installed on the roof as part of the sun protection of the skylights.
Energy losses have been reduced to a minimum by means of a rational selection of building materials and colouring. The building faces southwards in order to achieve maximum energy generation from sunrise to sunset. In the production and administration areas of the building, the roof features large skylights that contribute to creating a bright and comfortable indoor environment.
The Solar Panel Factory was designed by Henning Larsen Architects in close cooperation with Racell for Exel Group. The factory is located in Kilkis, an industrial area north of Thessaloniki in Greece. The design is based on a ‘form follows function’ concept. This highly legible and rational design incorporates the comprehensive production process- including input preparation, material production, and output to storage warehouse.
Solar power generated from photovoltaic panels installed on the plant’s roof produce the energy required to operate the factory. Energy losses are minimized through innovative building materials and coloration. The building faces South in order to maximize energy generation within daylight hours. The photovoltaic panels are designed as glass-to-glass laminations with semi transparency in order to optimize energy production while permitting natural lighting and shading.
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