Onyx Solar has been awarded a contract to supply 60,000 Sqft (approx. 5575 m²) of semi-transparent photovoltaic glass for Somerset Development’s Bell Works Complex in Holmdel, New Jersey, USA. Onyx Solar, a global manufacturer, is spearheading the installation of 3,200 skylight panels that will span the quarter-mile-long atrium roof. Upon completion, the photovoltaic skylight will both naturally illuminate the complex while generating free and clean electricity from the sun.
The installation is made up of building-integrated photovoltaics (BiPV), featuring 24 different glazings from Onyx Solar to cover the skylight within the historic 2 million-square-foot, Eero Saarinen-designed building. Each piece will be made up of two sheets of tempered safety glass laminated with a thin photovoltaic film. The design will reduce solar heat gain while producing energy, all while preserving the historic design of the iconic former Bell Labs, Somerset Development.
“Where traditional opaque solar panels are designed solely to generate electricity, Bell Works’ newly installed PV skylight will be transparent, allowing for light to pass through the PV Glass without compromising the building’s renowned day-lit atrium,” said Diego Cuevas, vice president for business development of Onyx Solar. “The photovoltaic glass will enhance Eero Saarinen’s unique aesthetic while maximising energy efficiency in this expansive space.”