Maximizing Energy Efficiency with Photovoltaic Solar Panels for Industrial Buildings

Written by AKNO Group

Jan 10, 2024

Impianti fotovoltaici industriali a cura di AKNO Group - Foto di Nuno Marques su Unsplash

Maximize energy use: photovoltaic solar panels for industrial buildings

In the field of renewable energy, we want to talk today about a very interesting topic: photovoltaic solar panels for industrial buildings. This is an increasingly popular solution for companies seeking to reduce their energy costs and ecological footprint.


We will explore the advantages of using solar panels in an industrial context, such as energy independence and efficiency. We will also discuss how the installation of solar panels can positively influence your company’s image.


If you are an entrepreneur looking for ways to make your company greener and more efficient, or simply a fan of renewable energy, please read on. You will certainly find this article very useful and informative.


How photovoltaic solar panels work for industrial buildings


Understanding how solar panels work is crucial to appreciating the benefits they can bring to industrial buildings. At AKNO Group, where we are heavily involved in engineering, we understand the importance of sustainability and renewable energy; our Business Parks are eloquent examples of how solar energy can be used effectively in the industrial context.


First, photovoltaic systems use solar cells to capture sunlight and convert it into electrical energy. When sunlight hits the solar cells, a direct electric current is generated. This direct current is then converted to alternating current through an inverter, allowing the energy to be used in industrial systems.


A key aspect to keep in mind is the efficiency of the solar panel – the more efficient a panel is, the more energy it can produce. This efficiency is influenced by various factors, including solar cell technology, the angle of the sun’s rays and climatic conditions.


In our AKNO Group business parks, for example, we use high-efficiency solar panels, which maximise energy production even in limited spaces. Treasuring this experience, the dedicated AKNO Group division, AKNO Energy, can assist you in selecting the best solar panels for your industrial building.


Remember, installing solar panels not only gives you the opportunity to reduce your energy costs, but also helps build a positive image for your company as an organisation committed to respecting and protecting the environment.


Thus, in an environment where sustainability and energy efficiency are increasingly important, investing in solar panels can have a positive impact not only on your energy bills, but also on your company’s reputation and competitiveness in the market.


Advantages of installing photovoltaic solar panels in industrial buildings

Reducing energy costs

Let us start with an obvious fact: the use of solar panels leads to a significant reduction in energy costs. For example, we at AKNO Group have noticed a drastic drop in energy management costs due to the use of photovoltaic solar panels in the business parks we manage. This results in significant savings that can be reinvested in other areas of the company.


Contribution to environmental sustainability

Nowadays, the importance of environmental sustainability cannot be underestimated. The adoption of solar panels in business parks like those of AKNO Group is an important step towards a greener future. Indeed, solar energy reduces dependence on traditional energy sources that generate greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, the public appreciates environmentally conscious companies. Therefore, this choice can strengthen the company’s image in the market.


Financial incentives for solar photovoltaics

We should not forget that there are various financial incentives and subsidies for companies that choose to install solar panels. This, combined with reduced energy costs, makes investing in solar panels very attractive. Companies such as AKNO Group are already exploiting these advantages, showing the way to a more sustainable and conscious industrial development.


Choosing the type of photovoltaic solar panels for industrial buildings


When it comes to photovoltaic solar panels, there is a wide range of options to choose from. Deciding on the right type for your facility can be a challenge. Basically, there are three types of solar panels you should know about, all of which are used in AKNO Group buildings.


Polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic systems

Polycrystalline silicon panels are a popular choice for many industrial facilities, including AKNO Group business parks. These panels consist of silicon, which has been melted and cooled to form a single block. These systems are known for their high efficiency and durability, making them ideal for use in harsh industrial environments. What’s more, their low cost makes them an economical choice for companies looking to reduce energy costs without having to invest heavily.


Monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic systems

If you are looking for the top of the range, monocrystalline silicon solar panels are the best choice to consider. They offer the highest level of efficiency among solar panels available on the market. This is due to the fact that they are made of a single crystal of silicon, which allows electrons a freer path of movement than polycrystalline systems. AKNO Group has experimented with the use of these panels in its business parks, with very promising results in terms of energy savings.


Thin-film photovoltaic systems

Thin-film systems, otherwise known as thin-film, represent a newer technology in solar energy. These systems use very thin layers of semiconductors to capture solar energy and convert it into electricity. Although their efficiency is lower, compared to silicon panels, these systems are much lighter and more flexible, making them an ideal choice for buildings with large or irregular roofs. They are also used in our AKNO Group business park constructions.


The choice of the appropriate type of photovoltaic solar panel for industrial buildings will depend on the specific needs of the operator. Whether you are looking for the high efficiency of monocrystalline silicon systems, the cost-effectiveness of polycrystalline silicon systems, or the flexibility of thin-film systems, there are many options to choose from, all with their own unique advantages. The next step is to understand how to make the right choice.


Requirements for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels in industrial buildings


When considering the installation of photovoltaic solar panels for industrial buildings, it is important to consider several variables. AKNO Group Energy recommends the following on this subject.


Adequate sun exposure

First of all, the location of the industrial building plays a key role. Optimal solar exposure occurs when the roof or the area to be covered with panels faces south. This is because the sun moves from east to west and at the same time tilts slightly to the south. Remember that peak solar hours are as many as it takes to achieve maximum energy production. Good exposure to the sun is essential.


Adequate supporting structure

Another aspect to consider is the structure of the building. AKNO Group Business Parks, which manages several production sites and company facilities, suggests a complete check of the building structure before proceeding with installation. Although solar panels are not particularly heavy, they require a suitable supporting structure to prevent them from collapsing or other dangerous situations due to bad weather (wind, storms), for example.


Dimensions and positioning of solar panels

Third, but not least, the size and positioning of the solar panels are crucial factors for a functional installation. Panel size should be chosen according to the energy consumption of the industrial building in question. Correct panel distribution and positioning can optimise panel utilisation and maximise energy output. It must also be remembered that the panels must remain shadow-free from midday until sunset.

In this way, it is possible to design a photovoltaic system that not only complies with all safety regulations but also contributes significantly to environmental sustainability.


Maintenance and monitoring of photovoltaic solar panels in industrial buildings


We cannot emphasise enough the importance of maintenance and monitoring in ensuring the optimal functioning of your photovoltaic system. Keeping panels clean and free of debris is crucial to ensure high efficiency. A good monitoring system will help you detect problems quickly, allowing you to take timely action to minimise production losses. Remember, the goal is a photovoltaic system that not only meets safety regulations, but also contributes to environmental sustainability. Investing in photovoltaic solar panels for your industrial buildings is an important step towards this goal.


What are the requirements for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels in industrial buildings?


To maximise energy output, they must exist:

  • adequate sun exposure
  • a major supporting structure
  • the correct size and positioning of the solar panels.


What is the importance of good sun exposure for solar panels?


Good exposure to the sun is crucial for solar panels, as it determines the energy efficiency of the panels. Without proper exposure to the sun, the panels will not produce energy efficiently.


What are the characteristics of a suitable supporting structure for solar panels?


A suitable supporting structure must be solid and able to support the weight of the solar panels. It must also allow for proper positioning and orientation of the panels to maximise exposure to the sun.


What is meant by ‘correct distribution of solar panels’?


The correct distribution of solar panels refers to optimising the positioning of the panels so as to maximise exposure to the sun and, consequently, energy output.


How can the installation of solar panels contribute to environmental sustainability?


The installation of solar panels in industrial buildings can contribute to environmental sustainability by generating renewable energy, reducing the use of fossil fuels and minimising the carbon footprint.


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