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In Apple’s home town of eco-friendly San Francisco, Apple has potentially started an environment friendly trend that may become popular across the world! Apple is known for its forward thinking ideas, and technology, as it has been one of the world leaders in technology with phones, music players, laptops, desktops, tv’s, headphones, as well as maybe even vehicles in the near future! Apple is renowned for its simplicity, with groundbreaking function, making it one of the most popular phone companies in the world. This new step that apple has taken though, is something that can and will be followed by many other companies. The new store in Union Square, will be the first apple store to have Building Integrated PV panels

Building Integrated PV Panels are the future of electricity production, as it has has the ability to replace almost all windows, walls , and roofs. This technology is very similar to a regular solar panel, except it is slightly transparent, allowing light to travel through the glass, and light whatever room necessary using natural light. Though these panels are not as efficient as regular solar panels as they let some light through, but the opportunities that the Building Integrated Solar Photovoltaics (BIPV) allow for expands the amount of possible area to collect the invisible solar rays.

If this technology replaced all the glazing on the One World Trade Center building in New York City, the windows could power more than 350 apartments.

According to the Professional Experience Book on Onyx’s site, the ‘rooftop walkway floor is comprised of 130 glass modules measuring 4.5m2 with a peak power capacity of 487Wp per unit, generating over 90,000kWh of power each year.’ The system’s total area is 584m2 . Onyx’s Technical Guide does not reference any solar modules that are 4.5m2 in size. On page 29 we do get technical specifications of a 6.0m2 ‘PV Glass Floor.’ However, this module is built with “a-Si Thin Film” technology – this type of product happens to NOT be the same as is noted in the Apple Store documentation on the Onyx website.

This is only one of several steps taken by Apple to create less CO2 emissions, as they have also put solar panels on their offices and can provide power to some surrounding buildings, and by the looks of it, apple may be including the BIPV systems in future buildings.

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