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Onyx Solar to supply PV glass for 33,000sqft Brazil airport roof

Spanish BIPV firm to deliver over 4000 PV glass units for Brazil solar roof at Viracopos Airport in Sao Paulo

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Onyx Solar will supply Viracopos Airport with 4,100 units of semi-transparent insulating PV glass for the terminal roof

Spanish PV glass manufacturer Onyx Solar has been awarded a contract to develop a solar roof in Brazil for what will be the largest airport in South America. Onyx Solar has been awarded the project, which is its largest in South America to date, to develop a 33,000sqft PV glass solar roof for Viracopos Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Onyx Solar, which has headquarters in Spain, designs and manufactures PV glass for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions. The company said the solar roof will consist of over 4000 units of PV glass, which Onyx Solar will supply, to create dozens of photovoltaic skylights across the airport roof. Consorcio Construtor Viracopos, the general contractor of Viracopos Airport has awarded the contract.

Onyx Solar said: “We will be supplying the airport with 4,100 units of cutting edge, semi-transparent insulating PV glass to create 33 photovoltaic skylights over the roof of the new state of the art terminal of the airport.

“The terminal will be benefited by the multifunctional properties offered by Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass: natural light, sun control, IV/IR filter, thermal and sound insulation, free energy onsite and innovative design.

“With this new innovative construction, Viracopos Airport is expected to serve 15 million of passengers and become South America’s largest and most modern airport,” Onyx Solar added.

The total photovoltaic skylight area will surpass 33,000sqft, while installed power will reach 117kWp. The new terminal is under construction and planned to be completed by May 2014.

The news from Onyx Solar follows others PV developments in the BRIC transportation sector. In September last year, Indian rail and solar corporations announced they were working together to develop PV power plants across the Delhi metro network.