Frequent Questions


What is BiPV?

Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or facades.

What are the advantages of BiPV?

Advantages of using Onyx Solar Glass 

Electricity production from your glass
Energy saving due to insulation properties (up to 40%) *dependant on a variety of factors
Greater insulation performance
Elimination of thermal bridges
Thermal inner comfort
Reduction of acoustic pollution
Wall and roof protection
Greater energy yield under low irradiation conditions
Greater energy yield under high temperature conditions
Attractive and innovative design

Range of PV Glass?

Laminated safety glass

Available in different technologies, colours, thickness and sizes. One of the principal applications of this laminated glass is use as ventilated photovoltaic façade or roof for which a complete package of services and complementary products has been developed to facilitate the installation in any type of building.

We offer the possibility of adapting the glass to the building’s characteristics, to its location and to the client’s economic or aesthetic needs.

Onyx Solar, owing to the wide range of photovoltaic products and diverse technologies available, proposes a unique and intelligent solution to the architectural integration in every one of its projects. Within this range are:

1. a-SI
3. Mono-crystalline
4. Poly-crystalline

All technologies are available in various colors.

Insulating thermal and acoustic glass:

For integration in windows and curtain walls, the connections are hidden behind the frames, and, owing to their semi transparency, are see-through.

About our glass: 

Onyx Solar has developed a wide range of photovoltaic glass specifically designed for installation in buildings. The photovoltaic properties allow these glasses to generate electricity even in those buildings where the orientation and inclination are not at its optimum (for example north façade).

  1. It is not a traditional photovoltaic module designed for ground installation. It has been designed specially as safety glass for buildings in order to comply with the Technical Code of the Building.

  2. It is available in different thicknesses, sizes and grades of transparency.

  3. It works in all weather conditions, including low light and cloudy conditions.

  4. It produces low-cost electricity (kWh), allowing lower capital investment and increased output per rated watt.

  5. It is environmentally friendly and has a shorter energy payback period (the amount of time it takes to generate enough energy to equal the energy used to produce it) than traditional photovoltaic modules.

  6. It is frameless and has a uniform colour that is aesthetically appealing. It is ideal for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and other high-visibility applications.

What makes the BiPV solution special?

Our Multifunctional Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions allow for the entry of natural light, provide both thermal and sound insulation, they filter out harmful radiation, produce clean, free energy thanks to solar power and feature an innovative, customized design which can be integrated perfectly into any type of building.

BiPV Self Help Section

Below are a few links to help in better understanding our BIPV solutions.


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