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12.12.2011, SCHOTT AG, Mainz (Germany)

On the way to becoming a “green” museum

The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding reopens / Solar modules, showcase glazing and lighting technology all from SCHOTT
Several areas of expertise at SCHOTT Architecture + Design contributed their know-how and products during complete renovation of the Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding. For instance, the anti-reflective glass “Amiran”, fiber optic lighting components and “Opalika” white flashed opal glass were used in the exhibition and presentation area and “ASI” THRU solar modules were used as a skylight solution.
Several areas of expertise at SCHOTT Architecture + Design contributed their know-how and products during complete renovation of the Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding. For instance, the anti-reflective glass “Amiran”, fiber optic lighting components and “Opalika” white flashed opal glass were used in the exhibition and presentation area and “ASI” THRU solar modules were used as a skylight solution.
Mainz, December 12, 2011 – Roman ships ahoy! After a year and a half of modernization work aimed at making it more energy-efficient and more functional, the Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding is now open to visitors again. This coincides with the end of the theme year “Mainz - City of Science 2011”. Several areas of expertise at SCHOTT Architecture + Design contributed their know-how and products during complete renovation of the domicile that houses its Roman military ships from the third and fourth centuries and is part of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM) to make this project a success.

Equipping the building with modern solar technology was an important part of the extensive work done on the Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding, a museum that is completely unique in Germany. These replaced the old roof made of sun protection glass that blinded visitors by permitting sunlight to pass through, allowed the hall to overheat, endangered the organic material that the exhibits are made of and got in the way of setting up the scenes of the exhibit. The planners found just the right solution in SCHOTT “ASI” THRU solar modules. As the general contractor, the technology group SCHOTT from Mainz, Germany, supplied around 1,100 square meters of these integrated, semi-transparent thin-film modules with 10% transparency. In total, 740 modules, 630 of which have an active surface, were installed in the existing steel construction to serve as skylight glazing.

These semi-transparent modules perform several technical and aesthetic functions all at once. They filter out 90 percent of the sunlight and therefore a large share of the resulting heat. This protects the exhibits, makes the exhibition even more attractive for visitors and offers more pleasant working conditions for the museum’s employees. Due to the fact that the interior hardly heats up anymore, no additional air conditioning is necessary. The shade now protects the exhibits and allows for attractive presentations using artificial light. The high insulation value of the panes and the fact that the solar power is generated make this roof energy-efficient in two respects and therefore results in even more advantages.

The total output of the photovoltaic system amounts to 35 kilowatt peak. This means the system essentially pays for itself by earning the feed-in tariff on electricity. At the same time, it generates as much energy each year as the museum building consumes. “Constructing this extremely modern building-integrated solar glass roof thus marks yet another important step on the way to becoming a ‘green’ museum,” Prof. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG, explained during the festive celebration to mark the reopening of the museum. “This means the Römisch-Germanische-Zentralmuseum is making a significant contribution to climate protection with SCHOTT as its partner,” he then added.

The presentation area was also redesigned in order to be able to meet the changing demands of the many people who visit the museum in terms of the look and educational approach of the exhibition. Here, the objective was to present the historic highlights inside showcases as effectively as possible. This was made possible by using the anti-reflective glass “Amiran” that features an optical interference coating on both sides. It allows for clearer viewing thanks to its low residual reflection of only one percent, even with major differences in brightness both in front and behind the pane.

Illuminating the display cases for the exhibits posed yet another challenge. The lighting specialists at SCHOTT had to design customized lighting solutions for nearly every object on display and use energy-efficient LEDs in combination with long-lasting fiber-optic components to achieve attention-drawing presentations. For example, “SCHOTT Spectra” LED Lightbars were installed together with “SCHOTT Spectra” LED Spots as a way of creating a special shadow effect in presenting tombstones. The ram bow (= extension of the bow of a warship) is illuminated with “SCHOTT Spectra” LED Lightbars and fiber optic rods, while “Opalika” white flashed opal glass was used to achieve consistent backlighting of the display cases that contain busts of the Roman emperors Nero, Tiberius and Germanicus. 1,200 LightPoints, 400 m of fiber optic cable and 13 light sources were installed in total.

“The current project is the result of the long and successful cooperation between SCHOTT, a leading international technology group, and the RGZM, a renowned international research museum,” noted Prof. Falko Daim, the Director General of the RGZM. In a second construction phase, the entrance area is scheduled to be redesigned in 2012. Here, too, products from SCHOTT will be used again to set accents. In accordance with the didactic realignment, the entrance area is going to be turned into more of an “archeological meeting point” with a museum shop, café, film room and reading corner. A plaque that bears the names of the sponsors and donors that will be made out of “Opalika” white flashed opal glass and an entrance installation made of “Imera” colored glass are also planned. Finally, an exhibition area on commercial shipbuilding is also in the works.

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Press photographs and the press release are available here as downloads:
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Photos no. 141130, 14133, 141300, 14138, 141135 and 14134: Several areas of expertise at SCHOTT Architecture + Design contributed their know-how and products during complete renovation of the Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding. For instance, the anti-reflective glass “Amiran”, fiber optic lighting components and “Opalika” white flashed opal glass were used in the exhibition and presentation area and “ASI” THRU solar modules were used as a skylight solution. Photos: SCHOTT

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