Onyx Solar´s R&D Project Portfolio

At Onyx Solar, we consider the R&D&i investment as one of the key factors to enable a more sustainable and competitive business model by the development of brand new solutions and the generation of useful know how to be used in all our departments, processes and daily activities.

Onyx Solar, as a technology based company, is actively involved in several R&D projects, some of them already finished, dealing with universities, research centres, technology centres and international renowned companies clearly focused on innovation. This enables our company, to be considered, despite its short history, as a reference in Photovoltaic Building Integration (BIPV) and bioclimatic architecture fields. Apart from Advanced BIPV, some of our most remarkable ongoing  and finished projects are the following:

More info at: http://onyxsolar.com/research-and-development.html

PVSITES (Building-integrated photovoltaic technologies and systems for large-scale market deployment)

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Programme: H2020. European Commission.
Abstract: The objective of the project is to drive BIPV technology to a large market deployment by demonstrating an ambitious portfolio of building-integrated solar technologies and systems, giving a forceful, reliable answer to the market requirements identified as flexibility in design and aesthetic considerations, lack of tools integrating photovoltaic and building performance, demonstration of long-term reliability of the technology, compliance legal regulations, smart interaction with grid and cost effectiveness.

Project web: http://www.pvsites.eu/
State: Project running

HERB (Holistic Energy-Efficient Retrofitting of Residential Buildings)

Programme: 7 Framework Programme. European Commission.

Abstract: The HERB Project goal is to implement active and passive energy efficient properties in residential buildings already existing and located in several countries around Europe. Onyx Solar will participate as a partner in a consortium managed by University of Nottingham developing BIPV solar solutions focused on retrofitting buildings.

Project web: http://www.euroretrofit.com.

 State: Finished project

R2CITIES (Renovation of residential urban spaces: towards nearly zero energy cities)


Programme: 7 Framework Programme. European Commission.

Abstract: The European Project R2CITIES aims to develop and demonstrate an open and easily replicable strategy for designing, constructing, and managing large scale district renovation projects for achieving nearly zero energy cities.

The initiative is supported by a total of fifteen European partners distributed by Spain, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium. The three residential districts in which the developed technologies will be shown are located in Spain (Valladolid), Italy (Genoa) and Turkey (Kartal-Istambul).

Project web: http://r2.imginternet.it/

State: Project running


REELCOOP (Research Cooperation in Renewable Energy Technologies for Electricity Generation)


Programme: 7 Framework Programme. European Commission.

Abstract: REELCOOP project stands for REnewable ELectricity COOPeration, and will address 5 areas: photovoltaics (PV), concentrated solar power (CSP), solar thermal (ST), bioenergy and grid integration with the aim to demonstrate three innovative prototypes based on the aforementioned technologies in countries of the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa).

The consortium, which is made up of 15 partners from different countries, is led by the University of Porto.

Project web: http://www.reelcoop.com

State: Project running

ARTESUN (Efficient, large-area arbitrary shape solar energy)


Programme: 7 Framework Programme. European Commission.

Abstract: The ArtESun project combines the multidisciplinary and complementary competences of top-level European research groups and industries in order to make significant steps towards high-efficiency (>15%), stable and cost efficient Organic Photovoltaic Technology (OPV) to its expected future applications in Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Antenna.

Project web: http://artesun-project.eu

State: Finished project

AUTONOMOUS OFFICE (Model for a Green Energy Autonomous Office Building)


Programme: LIFE 2011. European Commission. Environment.

Abstract: The main objective of the project is to develop a new hybrid solution with highly energy-efficiency properties for integration into sustainable buildings. This constructive solution will have active, passive and reactive properties used as glazing that simultaneously generates photovoltaic electricity, thermal energy and at the same time filtering harmful sun radiation while allowing the passage of natural light.

Project web: http://www.theautonomousoffice.com.

State: Finished project


EUROPHIT (Improving the energy performance of step-by-step refurbishment and integration of renewable energies)


Programme: CIP Programme. Intelligent Energy Europe.

Abstract: The aim of the EuroPHit project is to significantly increase the quality and energy efficiency of step-by-step refurbishment of buildings throughout the EU by developing comprehensive and integrated methodology and implementing uniform quality assurance from the design to the construction phase. In this respect, the EnerPhit standard will be generated through the Passive House Institute, facilitating the integration of BIPV technology in potential Passive House projects.

Project web: http://europhit.eu/

State: Finished project