The Dubai Frame is an eye-catching impressive rectangular picture frame-shaped building rising 150 meters (492 Ft) from Dubai’s Zabeel Park, spanning 105 meters (344 Ft) horizontally. It attracted a million visitors from around the world during its first year of opening in 2018 and offered them stunning views of the city's past and present. This iconic skycraper is considered one of the world´s most popular tourist attractions nowadays. Onyx Solar, the world’s leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) glass, supplied gold color photovoltaic glass for its rainscreen cladding system.
Onyx Solar has participated in this project by installing 1,200 m2 of amorphous silicon photovoltaic glass panes on the façade. This lining is made of approximately 2,500 modules which measure 485 x 985 mm each. These three- layer laminate glass modules were manufactured in yellow & gold colour with a grade of transparency of 20% (L vision). The total installed power capacity reaches a peak of 38 Kw (38 KWp), enabling the building to generate a large quantity of the energy that is required for its regular use.
FEASIBILITY STUDY OF AMORPHOUS SILICON PHOTOVOLTAIC FAÇADE IN DUBAI
Reduction in HVAC energy demands
Internal Rate of Return
- Total Area - 1,200 M2
- Electricity generated in 35 years - 1,143,723 kWh
- Total lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 2,244 lighting points
- CO2 emmisions avoided in 35 years - 766 Tons of CO2
- Barrels of oil saved in 35 years - 673 barrels per m2
Our multi-functional glass, besides actively contributing to the creation of a sustainable building powered mostly by solar energy, it also adds to the building undeniable aesthetic due to the colours of the glass.
It also filters out ultraviolet and infrared radiation, thus contributing to the reduction of the greenhouse effect which is so critical under hot weather conditions. Furthermore, insulation both thermal and sound is increased, ensuring significant energy savings in heating and air handling systems.
Onyx Solar has developed a new generation of coloured semi-transparent phtovoltaic glass, encompassing a wide range of shades from light to dark colours, while maintaining the same benefits as colourless photovoltaic glass.
"The choice of using photovoltaic glass, which produces clean energy from the sun, is witness to a change of attitude in the government and to Dubai’s approach to sustainability".
Fernando Donis, Dubai Frame architect
"The Dubai Frame features a sustainable structure, simple to build and maintain, and with incomparable aesthetic value. Dubai is a city full of emblematic buildings, so instead of adding one more, we set ourselves the task of framing them”.
Abdullah Raffia, Dubai government engineering and planning