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Sorba installs 800 solar panels on warehouse

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Sorba installs 800 extra solar panels on warehouse

Sustainability and renewable energy are a hot topic in the construction industry. Sorba is looking at new ways to make our projects more sustainable, but also looks at ways to decrease the environmental impact of our own office and production facility in Winterswijk. Last year we took a big step with solar panels on our new warehouse. This year we added more panels and now have a total of 1426 solar panels.

Many of the new projects we acquire at Sorba have strict requirements on sustainability, reusable materials and power preserving or even power generating solutions. In 2018 Sorba partnered with Studio Solarix for a Solar Design Façade project, in which we developed a power generating façade. Since our projects are getting more and more sustainable, we, as Sorba, also want to contribute to a more sustainable society. The big step we took last year was the installation of 626 solar panels on the roof of our new warehouse.

The results of this first installation were terrific and therefore we decided that we would look into the possibility of more solar panels on the roofs of our other buildings. The roof of our main production warehouse turned out to be suitable for 800 solar panels. With the new solar installation Sorba turns into one of the leaders in solar energy in the area. With a total of 1426 solar panels, we now estimated to have a total generating power of 350.000 KwH per year. In comparison, 70 households use this amount of power in a year and this is more than our own electricity consumption of 325.000 KwH per year. With the surplus in electricity we are looking at other chances to make Sorba even more sustainable. Soon the first electric cars will be leased and charging stations will be installed in our parking lots. This way Sorba wants to contribute to a more sustainable society.

Innovative solar design Solarix launched at Kuijpers building

Studio Solarix Sorba Kuijipers Gevel met zonne-energie
Studio Solarix Sorba Kuijipers Gevel met zonne-energie
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Kuijpers Pand buitenzijde | Sorba Projects
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Innovative solar design Solarix launched at Kuijpers building

Beauty and brains combined in world premiere of Dutch solar design façade

Today the innovative, energy-producing design façade of Dutch team Studio Solarix has been launched at the Kuijpers building in the Eindhoven region. The sustainable design demonstrates a seamless blend of solar energy, interactivity and design. This accomplishment is the result of an intense cooperation between Studio Solarix, Kuijpers, Kameleon Solar and Sorba. This project was made possible thanks to support from SPARK Campus and the city of Helmond.

Helmond marks the first application of the start-up’s integrated concept on this scale. Studio Solarix is a collaboration of artist and designer Reinier Bosch and architect Marloes van Heteren, whose ambition is to upscale the principle of ‘solar design’ worldwide. Both founders received a Dutch Design Award for the Solarix design to make buildings more sustainable, connective and appealing.

Aukje Kuijpers, CEO of Kuijpers and 2018 Dutch Businesswoman of the Year, immediately saw the potential of Solarix and adopted their concept as launching customer. Kuijpers is a national service partner, engineer and designer of technical solutions for buildings. Sorba’s knowledge and experience in façade construction is what Sorba connected to this project. After engineering and production of the cladding and construction Sorba installed the façade on the office building in Helmond.
The Solarix concept, a high-design solar tile, enables energy production on the façade whilst also enhancing the identity and appearance of the building as a whole. This combination answers the challenges of the energy transition with a practical, yet smart and beautiful approach and won Studio Solarix the 2016 Solar Challenge during the Dutch Design Week. Solarix’s practical and elegant essence is precisely what makes Dutch design unique in the world.

Photo: Marielle van Uitert

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