Furniture retail giant Ikea has announced plans to sell flat-packed solar panels.
Ikea’s thin film cells for residential roofs will cost £5700 ($7,745 US) for 18 panels and – unlike the self-assembly bookcases and sofas the brand is known for – will include installation. The panels are made in Germany by Chinese producer Hanergy Solar.
The scheme will be rolled out to all UK stores in the next ten months, where customers will be able to see the products and have a consultation.
Ikea has already installed more than 250,000 solar panels on the roofs of its own buildings worldwide. In July, the company used its expertise in flat-pack design to redesign refugee shelters and later the same month it relaunched the first flat-pack table, originally produced 60 years ago.
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With Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, the country’s capital is looking to do some remodeling. The existing stadium, The Estádio Nacional de Brasília, will get a major upgrade when it reaches LEED Platinum certification and becomes the first net-zero-energy stadium in the world.
Designed by Castro Mello Architects, the stadium will feature:
- Solar photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide the stadium’s power. The stadium will be able to trade energy between the panels and the power grid as necessary.
- A photocatalytic membrane on the roof that captures air pollution as it falls, and breaks down the chemicals, removing them from the atmosphere. Because over 50% of CO2 emissions related to stadium operations come from transportation to and from the stadium, this makes this especially important.
- A rainwater collection and recycling system for landscaping use and low-flow water fixtures inside the stadium.
- Lots of natural light, 3,500 bike parking spots and material reused from the old stadium.
The Estádio Nacional de Brasília
The stadium, planned to be completed at the end of the year, is expected to cost more than $400 million. Though the solar panels able to perform well for at least 25 years, they are expected to provide a return on investment in 10 to 12 years.
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