Solar power company, Conserval Engineering, has designed its SolarWall technology into the Olympic Village construction of Beijing. The SolarWall PV/T (photovoltaic + solar thermal) incorporates the thermal cells and electrical cells into the same system, allowing complete access to heating and power needs. This process is more efficient than traditional methods as it uses less surface area to meet both needs. This solar solution also uses a system of removing the heat from the back surface of each module and funnelling it into the heating system of the building. SolarWall is designed to reduce and reuse the heat from the PV panels that previously caused lowered efficiency. PV cooling is documented by Conserval to increase the efficiency to 50% from a standard 10 - 15% for most modules.
Other projects are also being built to green standards. Simone Giostra & Partners Architects have built and installed the GreenPix - Zero Energy Media Wall. This giant media wall is completely powered by solar power. Greenpix will store solar energy throughout the day and power the color LED screen during the night.
“The Media Wall will provide the city of Beijing with its first venue dedicated to digital media art, while
offering the most radical example of photovoltaic technology applied to an entire building’s envelope
to date”, said Simone Giostra.
Though recent reports have focused on poor environment in China, Beijing is using this opportunity to change it's image and promote a healthier lifestyle. Green architecture is being promoted and utilized to create healthier environments in China. Though damage will take a long time to reverse, this is definitely a defining moment for China and the world in displaying green technologies.