On the roof of Europe
For millions of people around the world, the Matterhorn stands as an emblem of the Swiss Alps. Since the end of the 19th century, when the local railways were built, it has attracted ever more visitors and climbers. Each summer, numerous mountaineers attempt to scale the famous peak via the northeast ridge, the most popular route to the summit.
One of the Highest Alp`s Summits
The Matterhorn is an isolated peak situated in the Valais Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 meters (14,690 ft.) high, making it one of the highest mountains in the Alps. It was one of the last great Alpine peaks to be climbed and its first ascent in 1865 marked the end of the golden age of alpinism. Due to its position on the main Alpine watershed and its great height, the Matterhorn is subject to rapid weather changes.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
At 3,883 meters above sea level on the Klein Matterhorn, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise tourist center offers a breathtaking view of 38 four-thousand-meter peaks in Switzerland, France and Italy. Every year, it attracts around half a million visitors from across the globe and serves as the starting point for mountaineers wishing to explore the Zermatt ski area.
Building-Integrated Photovoltaic System
The design concept for the tourist center gave top priority to environmental compatibility and energy-efficient construction. The center was built to state-of-the-art ecological standards, the entire heating and ventilation system being solar-powered. This was achieved by cladding the south facade with a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system, the first of its kind to be installed at this altitude in Europe.
Adhesive for extreme outside conditions
Bonding the 108 specially developed, high-performance, ultra-weather-resistant PV modules called for a superlative adhesive, capable of readily withstanding temperatures of -40°C to +30°C and wind speeds of up to 300 km/h. Sikasil® SG-500 meets these rigorous requirements. Even in the stormiest conditions or intense sunlight, the structural adhesive provides long-lasting protection against the harsh environmental conditions and an enduring bond between the materials. This allowed trouble-free installation of a robust, energy-efficient BIPV system with no compromises in terms of esthetic appeal.
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