NESR opens research center with solar skylight in Saudi Arabia

National Energy Services Reunited Corp (NESR), a provider of oilfield services in the Middle East, has commissioned its new »Oilfield Research and Development Centre« in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, paying at least a small architectural tribute to non-fossil energies: The building has a skylight consisting of 180 trapezoidal solar modules made of insulating glass. The Spanish company Onyx Solar Energy SL, which specializes in building-integrated photovoltaics, manufactured 90 different types of individually shaped modules for the project. The solar cells are arranged with some distance, so that a part of the light falls into the building.
Designed by Tariw Hajj Architects, the project, which also includes a photovoltaic parking lot canopy, has a total capacity of 110.7 kilowatts, of which 72.3 kilowatts is the solar skylight. The expected electricity production is 200 megawatt hours per year. The system was installed by Jamal Jaroudi Group.

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