Gibus photovoltaic pergolas are a combination of design and technology, able to combine beauty and eco-sustainability. It’s a unique product in which the typical functions of comfort and shelter are extended through the possibility of using sunlight as a source of energy production. In fact, compared to the classic Gibus bioclimatic pergolas, the photovoltaic pergolas are distinguished by the presence of solar panels applied directly to the slats. Let’s take a look at the characteristics and advantages of the photovoltaic pergola.
Photovoltaic pergolas represent an innovative solution for the design of outdoor spaces; however, in order to install them properly, it is important to consider some technical aspects, such as the presence of an adequate electrical system. In fact, in order for the pergola to best use the energy produced by the photovoltaic panels, it is necessary to have an inverter, which is a device capable of converting the continuous energy produced by the solar panels into alternating current that is used by the electrical grid.
To choose the most suitable inverter, it is advisable to rely on a specialized electrician who will evaluate the type of inverter you need.
Once it has been chosen, the inverter shall be connected to the electrical grid that will also power it.
Depending on the inverter chosen, the energy produced by the photovoltaic panels can be used both for the functioning of the pergola itself – including the moving of the slats, closing the structures and switching on the lights, LEDs and other accessories – and for powering other appliances in your home, charging the battery or even selling energy to an energy provider.
The power of a maximum size photovoltaic pergola can vary, but it usually reaches up to 2.7 kW. It is very important to take into account the seasons and weather conditions of the reference period as the amount of energy produced depends on the amount of sunlight.
For example, an Energy Pergola measuring 4.00 m x 4.50 m with 18 photovoltaic panels integrated in the slats produces a Nominal Power of 1.35 kW, which is sufficient to cover the use of an air conditioner for about 6-7 hours a day in the summer.
To ensure maximum efficiency, the photovoltaic pergola must be positioned in the area that is most exposed to the sun.
In this way, it will be possible to make the most of the incidence of the sun’s rays and produce green energy.
To obtain the maximum energy yield, it is important to correctly orient the pergolas’ photovoltaic panels.
The energy production of photovoltaic modules is better when they are hit perpendicularly by an incident light and there is no shading. For this reason, the possibility of freely orienting the slats is a perfect aid for a better orientation of the photovoltaic panels to the sun’s rays.
The slats of the pergola can be moved remotely by the remote control or via the App to get the following tilt angles:
- 0° when the sun is very high
- 45° mid-morning/mid-afternoon
- 90° when the sun is rising or setting
Obviously, the orientation of the solar panels also depends on the placement of the pergola in relation to the sun.
The photovoltaic pergolas are made of aluminum and glass, which are the highest quality materials able to guarantee sturdiness and resistance to bad weather. The frame can be customized according to the customer’s needs, both in terms of dimensions and aesthetic details, such as colors and finishes. Before purchasing your photovoltaic pergola, you should check if a building permit is needed to install it because, in some cases, the authorization is required by law.
Gibus green pergolas are an sustainable and innovative solution for the production of clean energy and for the enhancement of outdoor spaces. Thanks to the solar panels, the photovoltaic pergola guarantees considerable energy savings and a reduction in polluting emissions. To choose the most suitable solution for your needs, it is important you carefully evaluate the technical characteristics and the current regulations on the installation of photovoltaic systems.