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By following the triple certification HQE Exceptionnel, Leed Platinum and Breeam Outstanding, the renovation of Challenger involves several important energy improvements such as insulation and wastewater treatment. With regards to the solar production, the site boasts more than 25,000 m2 of SolarWorld photovoltaic panels that will provide nearly 2,600 MWh of electricity per year. The energy will be consumed directly on site and during the periods of the year where production will exceed the consumption, the electricity will be sold to an energy producer.
The energy renovations also includes a water loop energy system for thermal control of the building (heating and cooling).
Bouygues Construction had originally planned the installation of conventional solar thermal panels but finally opted for our new technology, therefore replacing 420 m2 of thermal panels by 300 m2 of 2 in 1 DualSun (180 panels).
Our PV-T DualSun technology convinced Bouygues Construction that, as mentioned before, sees itself as the vitrine of new technologies for energy buildings of the future.
The DualSun solution made the difference thanks to three important key points
- Performance : The innovative side of our dual-energy technology (electricity and hot water) is reinforced by the fact that we are doubly certified by IEC concept and Solar Keymark.
- Design : The great design of DualSun : our PV-T panel is visually identical as the SolarWorld PV panels installed on Challenger (which is not the case of thermal panels). They allow a uniformity of the total appearance of the solar installation on the site. Bouygues Construction wanted, indeed, to « preserve the visual appearance » of its building.
- No overheating : Overheating is avoided since DualSun panels have a stagnation temperature that does not exceed 75° C (167 °F), which is ideal for a building that is closed on weekends.
DualSun integrated into a global system of energy performance
The electricity produced by the DualSun panels, as all the electricity produced by SolarWorld panels, will be consumed directly within the building.
For the production of hot water, the DualSun panels installed on Challenger operate at low temperature and are coupled to heat pumps/water high performance, allowing the production of hot water, but also a gain 10% of the photovoltaic efficiency.
On days when there is no sun, the thermal water loop will take over and serve as a source of « calories » for the heat pump.
In addition to electricity and hot water during the summer months, the DualSun panels will be connected to the grid loop water to do the cooling of the thermal water loop overnight.
In total, 300 m2 of panels DualSun will cover 70% of the hot water needs of the cafeteria, on-site restaurants and the gym (3,400 employees). Bouygues Construction and DualSun share a common vision about the energy potential of buildings: a building that will start consuming less, and will then become the producer of its own energy.