Exploring the Potential of Colored Solar Panels: Demonstration Setup at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus

Exploring the Potential of Colored Solar Panels: Demonstration Setup at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus

May 31, 2023

The growing demand for sustainable energy generation emphasizes the importance of aesthetics. Brightlands Materials Center is developing colored solar panels with innovative coatings and materials, enabling architects and designers to seamlessly integrate sustainable energy generation into building designs. This offers both functionality and visual appeal for a sustainable built environment. Through the monitoring of a demonstration at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, valuable insights can be obtained for further development.

LEEF project: Integration of color and functionality

Within our ambitious LEEF project (Lightweight Energy Efficient Façades), we specifically focus on the development of colored solar panels using functional coatings on glass cover plates for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) panels. This approach allows us to enhance the aesthetic appeal of solar energy generation without compromising efficiency.

For more information about the LEEF project and the development of colored solar panels, please visit the project’s website.


Monitoring and demonstration at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus

To test the performance of colored solar panels, we have installed an impressive demonstration setup at Brightlands Chemelot Campus. This setup consists of realistic modules with green and black panels, which will be intensively monitored for a year to evaluate differences in energy yield. This comparative study will provide valuable insights to drive further development of colored solar panels. This comparative study will be conducted in close cooperation with ZUYD Hogeschool.

Benefits of colored solar panels

Colored solar panels offer not only aesthetic advantages but also functional benefits. They enable architects to harmoniously integrate solar energy generation into the built environment, thereby expanding design freedom. With a range of captivating colors, buildings can become more sustainable while making a unique visual statement.

SunPrism Solar Cover Glass

The SunPrism project plays a crucial role in the research and development of colored solar panels. As partners in this innovative project, Brightlands Materials Center and other renowned organizations collaborate to explore and optimize the possibilities of colored solar panels. SunPrism aims to enhance the efficiency, reliability, and aesthetics of colored solar panels, enabling broader applications in the construction industry. Through the collective efforts and expertise of all involved parties, SunPrism has the potential to promote the acceptance and integration of colored solar panels in the market, thereby contributing to a more sustainable and visually appealing built environment.

For expert insights and answers to five key questions about SunPrism Solar Cover Glass, delve into this interview with Daniel Mann.


In the LEEF project, Brightlands Materials Center works together with various project partners, including RADS Global, Glass for Glass, MCC and Laudy Bouw.

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