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Odersun bags iF gold award for aesthetic solar PV

Odersun has won the iF gold award for its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules designed for building integrated PV (BIPV) architecture.

By Kari Williamson

Odersun was among 100 products and ideas selected from over 4300 submissions, and is the first company from the solar sector to achieve the accolade.

The iF design award jury had already recognised the aesthetics of Odersun PV elements with the iF material design award 2012. The jury was particularly impressed by the individuality and diversity of the concept, which allows solar modules to be integrated into architecture almost seamlessly, without having a disruptive effect. The verdict: “This is a fantastic example of technology and aesthetics going hand in hand.”

Uwe Hering, Sales and Marketing Director at Odersun AG, says: “This exclusive award sets our PV modules apart, which are developed and produced with a firm focus on design and aesthetics. The modules are incorporated into solar façades by architects and energy planners as sustainable building elements. Alongside performance, the visual impression made by the modules is absolutely essential here.”

As well as the solar modules themselves, Odersun’s interactive Solar Module Designer was also recognised with the iF communication design award. This is the second design award for the online configuration tool, which enables solar modules to be configured by customers.

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