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02.11.2011, SCHOTT AG, Mainz, Germany

Green Footprint for a Shopping Center

Migros has one of its stores equipped with a solar roof from SCHOTT
The Migros Group has arranged for thin-film photovoltaic modules from SCHOTT to be installed in the roof of its new shopping center located in Siders in the Swiss canton of Wallis. The modules are made of amorphous silicon. SCHOTT estimates that the 312 “ASI” architecture modules will generate around 10,000 kWh of electricity each year. In addition, they provide natural light and shade at the same time and fit in perfectly with the existing architecture.
The Migros Group has arranged for thin-film photovoltaic modules from SCHOTT to be installed in the roof of its new shopping center located in Siders in the Swiss canton of Wallis. The modules are made of amorphous silicon. SCHOTT estimates that the 312 “ASI” architecture modules will generate around 10,000 kWh of electricity each year. In addition, they provide natural light and shade at the same time and fit in perfectly with the existing architecture.
Mainz, November 02, 2011 – The Migros Group has arranged for photovoltaic modules from the SCHOTT technology group to be installed in the roof of its new shopping center located in Siders in the Swiss canton of Wallis. SCHOTT estimates that the 312 “ASI” architecture modules will generate around 10,000 kWh of electricity each year. In addition, they provide natural light and shade at the same time and fit in perfectly with the existing architecture.

“Environmental consciousness is extremely important to us,” explains Eric Pochon, responsible for expansion and logistics for Migros in Wallis. “This also means using renewable energy sources to generate electricity,” he adds. And, in fact, it wasn’t by chance that Migros came in first place in the World Retail Awards 2009 competition as a retailer with the highest sense of responsibility for people and the environment. This last aspect also played a major role in the design of the new shopping center in Wallis that features 5,000 square meters of sales floor space. “ASI” THRU architecture modules from SCHOTT Architecture + Design take up 223 square meters of the roof. These are thin-film photovoltaic modules made of amorphous silicon that have been integrated directly into the roof. 156 panes 944 x 560 millimeters in size and an additional 156 units in the format 944 x 640 mm have been put to use as insulated glass units. Each pane used in the solar panels has a nominal output of 128 W peak and generates high energy output even when hardly any sunlight is available.

By relying on daylight that shines through the glass roof to illuminate the shopping center, Migros hopes customers who shop at this store, but also the employees who work here, will feel good, an aspect that is also important to the company next to the ecological aspect. For this reason, the company decided in favor of semi-transparent solar modules. The “ASI” THRU panels allow for 10 percent light to pass through and thus provide natural lighting on the one hand, but also shade (energy transmission/G-value: approx.12 percent). Thanks to its indiscreet design and direct integration into the roof, these photovoltaic modules also fit in seamlessly with the overall architecture of the shopping center. Architecturally speaking, Migros was interested in creating a plain and simple, yet modern building complex that fits in harmoniously with the landscape.

Other equipment besides the solar roof was installed to help keep the new shopping center’s ecological footprint as small as possible. A natural air conditioning system uses plants and pumps up groundwater to cool off the complex. In addition, the shopping center has also been furnished with environmentally friendly furniture.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, solar power, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in all major markets. Its workforce of around 17,500 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2.9 billion euros for the 2009/2010 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

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Photo caption no 135738, 135733 und 135737: The Migros Group has arranged for thin-film photovoltaic modules from SCHOTT to be installed in the roof of its new shopping center located in Siders in the Swiss canton of Wallis. The modules are made of amorphous silicon. SCHOTT estimates that the 312 “ASI” architecture modules will generate around 10,000 kWh of electricity each year. In addition, they provide natural light and shade at the same time and fit in perfectly with the existing architecture.

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