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Motorised Brise Soleil with built-in solar panels - Case Study

Motorised Brise Soleil with built-in solar panels - Case Study

Motorised Brise Soleil with built-in solar panels - Case Study

Client: Kuwait University

Requirement: Motorised Brise Soleil with built in solar panels

Overview: The client wished to combine shading of large roof windows with power generation using solar panels as louvres.

Solution: Aluminium Systems commissioned a UK based solar panel manufacturer to produce custom solar panels and associated wiring and control systems. These were mounted in heavy duty frames designed to fit into the University’s roofing system.

The solution consisted of three large Brise Soleil systems which created a solar power generating array, the output of the entire system was then sent back into the University’s power distribution system. A computer program was created to control the position of the blades throughout the day in order to track the Sun, then to return the blades to their original position in the evening, ready for the following day.

The challenges: As this was a completely bespoke system, it had to be developed “from the ground up”. So a test system was built to prove the feasibility of the solution, this was then modified in order to introduce improvements until it finally evolved into a system suitable for production. All three production systems were fully built and tested, then disassembled and packed for shipping, complete with detailed installation and commissioning instructions. The system was shipped to site and installed by a locally based installation company.

Brise Soleil Horizontally Mounted Canopy

The most popular of all Brise Soleil configurations, horizontally mounted canopies are generally mounted immediately above the glazed area that they are shading. Most horizontal canopies have a projection of between 500 mm and 1,500 mm, which is generally more than adequate to shade the windows or doors below. Options include joining a number of canopies together to form a continuous run, corner units, and overhead support arms.

The brackets that fix the canopies to the wall can either be fixed to the structure before render is applied (generally the case on a new build) or in the case of retro fitting to existing buildings, can be fixed to the external finish. In both cases the brackets are powder coated to match the rest of the system.

Vertically Mounted Ladder Screening

Vertically mounted systems offer a high degree of solar shading in certain circumstances, but can also offer security and privacy functionality. Although generally offered as a fixed blade system, vertically mounted ladder systems lend themselves quite well to being motorised, offering a more comprehensive level of screening, and allowing the customer to adjust the blade angle.

Vertically mounted ladder systems are quite often used to shade runs of curtain wall, particularly in commercial buildings that have large areas of glazing such as car showrooms, office blocks or in schools. The blade size, pitch and angle will determine the amount of shading in any given situation.

Fixing this type of system to a run of curtain wall needs to be planned well in advance, as the mounting brackets have to be incorporated into the curtain wall mullions before they are installed. 

Data Hall Cooling / Security Walls - Case study

Client:  Internet Service Provider

Requirement: Data Hall Cooling Walls

Overview: The client has built six data halls within a secure premises. Each data hall was required to have floor to ceiling louvred walls which run the entire length of the rooms. In total over 600 m2 of ventilation louvre walls.

The solution: Aluminium Systems Ltd installed heavy duty box sections to create a framework of vertical and horizontal supports. Each framework standing over 5 metres high and with widths of up to 40 metres, fixed to heavy duty steel uprights, and bolted to the floor. This framework formed the basis of each of the systems, which consisted of vertical mullions carrying 30 x 145 mm wide elliptical blades at 100 mm centres.

The challenges: Three of six data halls were on the ground floor, with remaining three immediately above them. The louvre blades were each supplied at a length of 7.5 metres and then trimmed to exact size in situ. This meant that a total of 900 blades were supplied to site, of which 450 had to be brought up to the first floor by telehandler and then manoeuvred by hand into position. The supply, delivery and safe storage of the blades required careful logistical management and clear and accurate communications between the site management, the installation team and the delivery company.

Each of the data halls required a carefully planned timetable of events to ensure that the delivery and installation of the framework, louvre blades and flashings occurred at the correct point in the overall project timeline. Working closely with other trades, such as flooring and ceiling fitters, electricians and air conditioning engineers, our fabrication, delivery and installation teams were able to ensure “just in time” delivery and fitting.

The project was delivered on time and within budget.