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Armor ASCA Film | Solar Power Film Technology

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20 rue Chevreul CS 90508, 44115 Nantes Cedex 4, FRANCE

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By ingeniously incorporating ASCA® photovoltaic films into buildings, other constructions (rigid and flexible) and even greenhouses, you can provide your solutions with superior and sustainable innovation.

The ASCA® film, the most obvious applications

Thanks to its fineness, flexibility and light weight, the ASCA® organic photovoltaic film is a revolutionary product that adapts to an infinity of applications.

Its essential features allow it to be deployed on any surface, flat or curved. The 3rd generation ASCA® solar film can bring autonomy to your application. We offer a range of application areas on which the photovoltaic film fits perfectly.

ASCA® Structures

Buildings - ephemeral architecture - solar greenhouses

ASCA® Structures covers construction, temporary architecture and solar greenhouses. The ASCA® photovoltaic films can be added to expansive flat or curved surfaces.

What can the ASCA® film offer buildings and other works of architecture?

By ingeniously incorporating ASCA® photovoltaic films into buildings, other constructions (rigid and flexible) and even greenhouses, you can provide your solutions with superior and sustainable innovation. All exterior surfaces exposed to sunlight have the potential to produce solar energy thanks to the ASCA® film, so make the most of it!

Thanks to the ASCA® photovoltaic modules, it is now possible to provide an independent source of energy for:

  • Exterior lights and lighting systems;
  • Sensors (e.g. light and position detectors);
  • Home automation equipment (e.g. meters and control units);
  • Ventilation and air conditioning systems.

The energy collected by the ASCA® OPV film can also provide an additional source to reduce the overall consumption of the building or other structure.

Is ASCA® suitable for my needs?

With ASCA®, there will be no looking back in the world of architectural design. Photovoltaic modules are able to solarise roofs and glazing, providing an additional source of energy.

Are you seeking to solarise a construction with unusual lines?

Photovoltaic films are suitable for all designs, even the most original: whether arched, asymmetrical, made of light materials, flexible or glass!

Do your buildings suffer from excessive exposure to the sun?

The semi-transparency of the ASCA® film means it offers interesting shading properties in sun-rich areas, improving the comfort of those that need to be on the inside or in order to avoid the deterioration of goods or foodstuffs when exposed to heat and light.

Does your construction require your solar modules to be rolled up?

Opening, sliding, mobile, telescopic and folding roofs and glazing can benefit from the ability of ASCA® modules to be rolled up. Even when subjected to such constraints, they can also produce solar energy.

Are you looking for a solar solution suitable for metallic-textile structures?

Flexible structures require solar solutions adapted to their unique characteristics. The ASCA®film provides an interesting response to these design constraints, such as the lightness and flexibility demands of textiles employed in architecture.

Do you wish to avoid having to connect to the grid? 

Particularly in the case of temporary and/or mobile structures, transportability will be restricted to areas connected to the grid if no provision is made for an independent energy supply. The ASCA® film is the ideal solution to overcome this constraint and to install your structure without spoiling natural and/or isolated areas, and with no need for lengthy and costly electrical installations.

Do you wish to solarise your greenhouses to make them energy independent?

Certain sensors, connected apparatus and light sources required for production can be sustainably powered by photovoltaic energy.

To produce such energy, greenhouses need to integrate lightweight photovoltaic films (especially when fitted with opening/closing mechanisms). ASCA® captures sunlight, only allowing partial penetration. By adding specific coverings, it is even possible to select the desired level of light intensity in accordance with the requirements of the plants being grown in the greenhouse.

Our teams are ready to help you find the right solutions to take your project to the next stage.

Examples of applications: buildings, apartment blocks, shopping centres, sports complexes, temporary structures, tents, exterior tensile fabrics, textile facades, courtyards, canopies, shelters, mobile solar units, interior blinds, conservatories, urban greenhouses, glass greenhouses, plastic greenhouses, special hothouses, shadehouses, greenhouse bubbles, storage shelters, composters and skylights.

 

Flexibility

Thanks to its flexibility, The ASCA® film can easily cope with a certain level of twisting, deformation and vibration. The ASCA® film can be rolled up at least 50,000 times without any loss of efficiency.

This flexibility also gives it a level of conformability (in terms of constraints) that complies with  the applications design’s conformability into which ASCA® is incorporated. Whatever level of ASCA® conformability you are looking for depending on the shape of your application, the performance levels of ASCA® will not be affected.

The performance levels of ASCA® will remain stable even when placed under the excessive and repeated stress of being rolled up.

Tests conducted by our experts guaranteeing resistance over 50,000 cycles on a mandrel 50mm in diameter (i.e. much wider than classic applications).

Light weight

ASCA® weighs around 450g/m2, i.e. a factor of 30 times less than other technologies.

To better demonstrate its lightness to you, just imagine that an ASCA® film the size of a piece of A4 weighs only 30 grams, as light as 6 sheets of paper of the same format.

Low Light

ASCA® is able to function at lower levels of light intensity than other technologies. For example, 200 Lux is enough to trigger the ASCA® photovoltaic module. Certain applications only operate when exposed to artificial lighting. This unique property gives ASCA® the advantage of being functional in indoor applications.

Impact resistance

Strength tests are conducted by repeated impact simulations. With projectiles launched from different heights, ASCA® is able to demonstrate the scale of its resistance. Whereas rigid solar panels would break under such impact and become completely inoperable, the ASCA® thin films offer greater resistance. Any impact can only affect the area in question and not the integrity of the system, leaving ASCA®functional (proportional to the area remaining intact). The ASCA® SOLUTIONS LAB offers integration systems designed to enhance such resistance.

Thanks to the ability to add to the ASCA® film a protective substrate that meets your constraints, ASCA® can resist intense and repeated crushing forces without performance loss. This may be necessary for certain specific conditions of use dictated by your applications or in order to make ASCA® compatible with certain industrial processes.

Heat resistance

Temperature does not impact on ASCA®. For example, an ASCA® module of 10 Wc at 20°C will offer the same power at 35°C.

Daily production

ASCA® offers higher daily energy production at the same power than the other technologies.

Energy PayBack Time

The ASCA® technology offers significant environmental benefits and a short energy payback time (EPBT). Studies conducted into the EPBT of applications under development draw the conclusion that choosing ASCA® is clearly more beneficial in terms of the results obtained than other previous technologies.

Note: The energy payback time is the ratio between a product’s total energy consumed during its production, transportation, installation and recycling, and the total amount of energy produced annually. For an energy to be truly renewable, it must produce more energy than it consumes during its life cycle.

Transparency

ASCA® is semi-transparent thanks to its semi-transparent or transparent mesh electrodes and layers so thin that you can see right through them.

Useful Life

The current useful life of a single ASCA® module can change depending on uses conditions (indoor or outdoor), type of barrier film used and its integration mode. This useful life can extend to 20 years.

Connections

The ASCA® SOLUTIONS LAB will help you to establish the most suitable connection solutions in line with your specific requirements.

Coating

The functionality of ASCA® can be enhanced by adding specific coatings like glass, plastic, composite, textile, in order to optimise its integration within different applications.

Film photovoltaique ASCA en couleurs

Colors

In order to best meet your needs in terms of design, ASCA®, or more accurately the ink inside, can be blue, green, grey or red.

Dimensions

Our standards in terms of width correspond to electrical standards, 5V, 12V, 24V, i.e. the width of a module dictates the voltage and the length dictates the current. Depending on the nature of your project (exposure conditions, location, available surface area and energy requirement), the ASCA® SOLUTIONS LAB offers to conduct a study to precisely establish the required surface area prior to sizing your specific requirements.

Industry Sectors Served

  • Office
  • Educational
  • Healthcare
  • Institutional

Additional information

Service Area: Offices Globally in Europe, United States and around the world. Contact our head office in France for partners near you.

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ASCA® Structures - The organic photovoltaic film dedicated to architecture and construction

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