Black, shiny, flat, and square. Sometimes arranged randomly to follow the shape of the roof. Let’s face it, photovoltaic panels are not that beautiful, are they? And that’s one of the reasons why their use is sometimes restricted by specific rules in historical cities or protected landscapes.

ART AND ENERGY
The stylised image of Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life” covers one of the Ècomodo modules. The idea is to give a stylish touch to photovoltaic surfaces without compromising their energy yield.

A brilliant solution developed in Italy that solves the problem. Ècomodo is a photovoltaic module that stands out for the decorative elements (patterns, shapes, and symbols) on its visible glass surface, which hide the not so pretty lattice formed by cells and connections. The idea was introduced by Invent, a company based in Veneto specialising in renewable energy products that fit flawlessly into any setting.

Panels can be decorated not only with standard décors but also with any other image (from famous works of art to company logos) to become effective and extremely appealing means of communication.

ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT

These objects integrate perfectly into the setting and enhance the value of the building but also the image of the owner of the system. The surface of the photovoltaic module can be customised, transforming it into a true architectural element, visible even at night thanks to the optional LED frames.

All this without ever reducing the installed power. The graphics on the surface maintain the light permeability of the glass unchanged, thereby ensuring the panel’s reliability and durability. From now on, photovoltaic modules are also objects of beauty that create a dialogue with the surrounding architecture and landscape, day and night.

DISCREET LIGHTING
Ècomodo can be equipped with a frame containing steady, blinking, or pulsed LED strip lights. This soft light makes the module visible even at night, emphasising its innovative design while keeping consumption extremely low.

THE THICKNESS OF THE DECOR
If you take a closer look at an Ècomodo module, you can notice the quality of its décors. The glass slabs are 4 mm thick (versus the standard 3.2 mm) and are more resistant to mechanical stress to preserve the integrity of the panels and the inscription under the image.

Giuseppe Colas

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