GEWE-therm® multi creates a pleasant working atmosphere

BG Interior-2 ©Eugene Codjoe-UrbanSerenity Photography/SCHOLLGLAS

Since the 19th century, Brook Green has attracted numerous commercial enterprises due to its proximity to one of West London’s main trafficlinks. The industrial architecture of the late 19th century to this day characterises the area , which is increasingly being  discovered by the modern business world. The old industrial buildings of Osram or J. Lyons & Co are being revitalised and new usages added. The listed building at 184 Shepherds Bush Road is a striking exemplar of this trend. Under the guidance of ColladoCollins Architects, it was transformed from a motor garage and service depot with showroom, into a modern office building, retaining its industrial charm. The design proposal includes a three storey extension on top of the existing building within a new glass vaulted roof that is reminiscent of the glass palaces of the 19th century.
 
The intent of the architects was to preserve the character of the building, both internally and externally, by keeping any necessary building works to the listed building to a minimum. Despite its vast expanse (60 metres long, 30 metres wide and 14 metres high), the vault appears transparent and lightweight. The vault is formed by vertical tubular steel members which taper towards the top. Together with the diagonal tubes, the lattice structure forms a distinct diamond shaped glazed roof.
In order to minimise solar gain, 60% of the roof glazing has been designed to be opaque. To ensure a consistent design throughout the roof, the architects and roof contractor developed the solid glazing in cooperation with SCHOLLGLAS. The glazing consists of an outer surface made of the robust tempered safety glass GEWE®-dur-H, which features a completely silkscreened surface. This is then glued to an insulating panel. Powder-coated sheet metal is used to seal the internal face of the panel.
 
The arrangement of these solid panels is based on a building physics calculation. They appear to be distributed randomly, but become more dense towards the top and cover the entire surface in the uppermost area. The proportion of solid glazing panels is higher towards the south and on the side facing the neighbouring building due to either increased solar gain or the for retention of privacy.
 
The planners chose GEWE-therm® multi insulating glass panels with a neutral solar control coating and modern safety properties for the transparent areas. The units are configured with GEWE®-dur tempered safety glass and GEWE®-safe laminated safety glass, which is very well suited for overhead glazing and facades. On the outside, the thermal insulating glass is also fully imprinted with a dot grid. Together with the solar control coating, this prevents too much heat influx to the interior and provides a uniform look with the solid elements.
 
One particular challenge was the different formats of solids and insulating glass panels. Were the vaulted roof to be divided into four quarters along the longitudinal and transverse axes, then no two diamond shaped panels would be equal in size or proportion within any one quarter of the roof. The same would apply to the triangular surfaces. With very high logistical expertise, SCHOLLGLAS made sure that the 2,670 panels and solids were delivered to the construction site in correct sequence and within programme.
 
The well regulated natural lighting of the building and impressive view over the city creates an exceptional working environment. The striking multifaceted diamond-like vault is impressive during the day and sparkles radiantly at night.
 
Object Brook Green, 184 Shepherds Bush Road, London/GB
Client McLaren Construction, London/GB
Architect ColladoCollins Architects, London/GB
Façade se-austria GmbH & Co. KG, Schörfling, AT
Glass GEWE-therm® multi, GEWE®-dur-H und GEWE®-safe / GEWE®-tvg
Glass Supplier Schollglas Sachsen GmbH Nossen/OT Heynitz/GER
 
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is delivering a DESERT turnkey production line to Brazil, the first of its kind and hopefully the first in many breakthroughs to leave the factory floor on their way to the largest country in South America. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation.

The machinery consists of DESERT production machines for high-efficiency DESERT solar modules built specifically for extreme hot climate, such as can be seen in deserts or in tropical areas. Made solely in Germany and built using the latest in DESERT and TROPIC module production, the systems inlcudes all cutting-edge technology.

Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Lets go ....
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is delivering a DESERT turnkey production line to Brazil, the first of its kind and hopefully the first in many breakthroughs to leave the factory floor on their way to the largest country in South America. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation.

The machinery consists of DESERT production machines for high-efficiency DESERT solar modules built specifically for extreme hot climate, such as can be seen in deserts or in tropical areas. Made solely in Germany and built using the latest in DESERT and TROPIC module production, the systems inlcudes all cutting-edge technology.

Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Let
Source: Schollglas GmbH