BISEM Completes Work on Photovoltaic Curtainwall Retrofit
August 24, 2012

by Penny Stacey, pstacey@glass.com

BISEM Inc., a provider of photovoltaic curtainwall systems, recently worked with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to complete a 392-square-foot building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) curtainwall retrofit at the agency's customer service center. The project was completed in July, according to Nick Bagatelos, president of BISEM.

According to information from BISEM, the system now provides 100 percent of the DC power to run the cooling system for the building's technology demonstration area.

As with any project, Bagatelos says this one had its share of challenges. Among these was "getting through the stringent requirements of a municipal utility," he says.

"There were a lot of people who had to look at [the plan] before it got approval, and that was a good thing," says Bagatelos.

The project itself only took four days to complete, "but the process of getting it approved took a year," according to Bagatelos.

He adds that the installation did not require removal of the building's existing glass system, which originally was installed in 1990. "This system is a retrofit for existing walls," he says.

Bagatelos says BISEM has several more exciting projects lined up for the coming months, including a Department of Defense building in San Diego; a project at the San Francisco International Airport; and a large project for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System. "They're building four new stations as part of a $10 billion construction project, and one of the stations will have a major BIPV installation," says Bagatelos, who adds that solar glazing may seem futuristic, but is in demand in today's market.

"Really everyone thinks this is something for 2020, but the product is ready now," he says.

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