Phono Solar Supply Solar Panels for the First Intelligent PV Building in Colombia


In 1993, Dr. Charles J. Kibert from the United Kingdom proposed the concept of Sustainable Building. In today’s world teeming with diverse new energy technologies, a growing number of countries have begun to integrate green energies into their buildings, for the purpose of reducing environmental loads and ecological protection.

In Colombia, engineers from Phono Solar transformed an ordinary office building into a self-sufficient one that gives out no emissions. It is also the first sustainable green building of Colombia.

In addition to installing photovoltaic modules on the roof, engineers also set up hundreds of photovoltaic modules on the facade of the building, in an attempt to supply enough clean energy that could meet 100% needs of the building. To beautify the building while ensuring high power generation efficiency, the 335W black high efficiency module manufactured by Phono Solar was selected in this project. Thanks to the ultra-high power generation efficiency of modules produced by Phono Solar, the actual gross generation of the project reached 125% of the design value. Not only can the project provide 100% of the electric power the building needs as originally designed, the remaining 25% electricity generated can also be stored in the energy storage system or sold to the Grid.

In addition to achieving energy self-sufficiency, the building also introduced a fully intelligent monitoring and management system. The system can monitor the usage of electricity, gas and water in 32 rooms, and distribute data collected by dozens of sensors including temperature sensors, lighting level sensors, and energy storage system sensors. This could help distribute electricity generated by photovoltaic modules to appliances, the energy storage system and the grid system within the building. The combination of the high-efficiency PV power generation system and the fully intelligent monitoring and management system can reduce the building's carbon dioxide emissions by 34,000 kilograms a year, saving 20% of the labor costs and 50% of the power costs.

In a planet that is growing increasingly warm, countries are seeking to develop low-carbon, clean energy to replace traditional fossil energy. As the concept of sustainable development has also begun to be highlighted in buildings, green energy and our life has become increasingly intertwined. In the future, we believe more and more buildings will become self-sufficient in terms of energy, enabling everyone to enjoy the low-carbon and green lifestyle brought by sustainable buildings.