Scientists Have Built A Concrete Roof That Produces Solar Energy

- Oct 24, 2017-

Chinese energy storage network: researchers at the Swiss federal institute of technology in Zurich have developed a new ultra-thin curved roof that can generate solar energy.

The design will allow NEST, one of the school's living laboratory facilities, to produce more energy than it consumes.


It is understood that the curved roof is made up of several layers, and the inner concrete is used as the basis for heating and cooling coils and insulating materials, which are then covered with concrete concrete.

Thin-film photovoltaic cells used to collect solar energy are then installed outside the building.

The prototype of the roof is about 7.5 meters tall and the entire surface area is 160 square meters.

It has now been demolished and will be in the same design next year at the HiLo apartment building, part of the NEST project.

Rooftops with unique shapes are usually built with non-reusable materials, such as special wood or ground foam.

Instead, the project USES a network of steel cables covered with a polymer fabric that forms a form of concrete that can be adhered to.

This not only promotes unusual design, but also makes the project significantly less costly for materials.

The Block research group and the swiss-based national capacity centre provide an algorithm for the project to ensure that the roof reaches the ideal shape when it is applied to the steel net.

The concrete has been sprayed onto the steel network through technology developed specifically for this project.

Installation of solar panels on the roof is nothing new, but a variety of advanced technology versions have emerged in the past few years.

In addition to being very efficient, this new hardware is much cheaper than previous versions.

Solar power is a more and more viable way to produce energy. More and more countries are investing in solar energy infrastructure on a large scale.

Thanks to projects like the HiLo roof, ordinary individuals will have more solar power in their homes.