What comes to mind when you hear the two terms ‘urban sustainability’ and ‘Copenhagen’? Probably Copenhagen’s famous bicycle-friendly infrastructure. But, of course, Copenhagen also offers green success stories apart from its worldwide renowned cycle-friendly urban environment – for example in the Green Building sector.
With 12,000 Solar Panels, Denmark’s Largest Building-Integrated Photovoltaic System
The recently completed school building CIS Nordhavn, located in Copenhagen’s new Nordhavn district, is wrapped with 12,000 solar panels and therefore Denmark’s largest building-integrated photovoltaic system. According to the designer, C.F. Møller Architects, more than 50% of the school’s annual electricity needs will be covered with clean and self-generated solar energy.
Most commonly, roofs are used to place a solar plant. In this case, the 6,048 m² solar panels became part of the façade. The roof of Copenhagen’s 26,000 m² large school building partially provides a school playground. This is a further exceptional quality.
A further interesting aspect is the visual appearance. High degrees of freedom are possible nowadays when it comes to the color and patterns of solar panel surfaces. The architects have availed themselves of this option. The turquoise colored photovoltaic panels adapt themselves equally well to their environment. According to C.F. Møller, a sequin-like effect is achieved by different panel angles.
CIS Nordhavn is designed for 1,200 students.
Images: C.F. Møller