What are the applications of BIPV solar panels

What are the applications of BIPV solar panels

What is BIPV solar panel?

BIPV is short for Building Integrated Photovoltaics.

(BIPV) are photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or facades. They are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of new buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power, although existing buildings may be retrofitted with similar technology. The advantage of integrated photovoltaics over more common non-integrated systems is that the initial cost can be offset by reducing the amount spent on building materials and labor that would normally be used to construct the part of the building that the BIPV modules replace. These advantages make BIPV one of the fastest growing segments of the photovoltaic industry.

The term building-applied photovoltaics (BAPV) is sometimes used to refer to photovoltaics that are a retrofit – integrated into the building after construction is complete. Most building-integrated installations are actually BAPV. Some manufacturers and builders differentiate new construction BIPV from BAPV.

BIPV solar panels history?

PV applications for buildings began appearing in the 1970s. Aluminum-framed photovoltaic modules were connected to, or mounted on, buildings that were usually in remote areas without access to an electric power grid. In the 1980s photovoltaic module add-ons to roofs began being demonstrated. 

These PV systems were usually installed on utility-grid-connected buildings in areas with centralized power stations. In the 1990s BIPV construction products specially designed to be integrated into a building envelope became commercially available. A 1998 doctoral thesis by Patrina Eiffert, entitled An Economic Assessment of BIPV, hypothesized that one day there would an economic value for trading Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). A 2011 economic assessment and brief overview of the history of BIPV by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests that there may be significant technical challenges to overcome before the installed cost of BIPV is competitive with photovoltaic panels.

However, there is a growing consensus that through their widespread commercialization, BIPV systems will become the backbone of the zero energy building (ZEB) European target for 2020. Despite technical promise, social barriers to widespread use have also been identified, such as the conservative culture of the building industry and integration with high-density urban design. These authors suggest enabling long-term use likely depends on effective public policy decisions as much as the technological development.

Photovoltaic wall near Barcelona, Spain
PV Solar parking canopy, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

BIPV solar panels application

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The integration of BIPV modules in buildings can be carried out in many different ways and result in a wide range of solutions.

Facades provide the visitor with a first view of the building. It is the means usually used by architects and designers to convey the idea of the building and the wishes of the customer through a language of shapes and colors. Obtaining a sophisticated, ecological image…

Greenhouses are enclosures in which temperature, humidity and other environmental factors are kept constant in order to favour agricultural crops. They are always located in open spaces where they receive large amounts of direct solar radiation.

The metal structure in BIPV Solutions solar greenhouses is obtained by the repetition of a base module whose plan and elevation dimensions have been specifically designed so that the installation of the photovoltaic system is completely integrated into the whole. Its structure of glass and metal is perfect for the integration of solar panels and from an aesthetic point of view have no impact on the surrounding environment.

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BIPV solar panels has developed a design of Photovoltaic Parking to take advantage of the benefit of the protection against meteorological agents, at the same time that its surface is used for electricity generation.

Energy generation has several uses, such as, recharging electric vehicles, self-consumption and therefore, reduction in the invoicing of the electrical consumption of the network.

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BIPV solar panels roof coverings

BIPV solar panels can form part of the building envelope, such as roofs, facades and glazed surfaces.

In photovoltaic roofs ecology merges with habitability and efficiency, resulting in environmentally friendly buildings that care for the people who inhabit them.

BIPV Solutions skylights will allow you to obtain extraordinary results in any building, dazzling spaces and environments with great visual strength.

The use of BIPV systems in skylights also provides a touch of exclusivity and elegance.

As a semi-transparent roof, they provide thermal, solar, anti-glare and weather protection, as well as a selective use of natural light.

BIPV solar panels lucernarios

Photovoltaic balconies make it possible to make the most of this part of the surface of an apartment or building exposed to sunlight and, at the same time, they are a way of improving its appearance.

They are often characterized by exceptional elegance, becoming architectural elements in which we try to emphasize rather than hide the cells that produce energy.

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BIPV solar panel barrier

The integration of photovoltaic modules into sound barriers along motorways and railways is an interesting alternative to building integration.

Photovoltaic acoustic barriers (PVNB) along motorways and railways today enable one of the most economical applications of grid-connected PV with the additional benefits of large-scale plants and no extra ground consumption. As in the case of buildings, no land is consumed and the support structure is already installed.

BIPV solar panels PERGOLES

Photovoltaic pergolas are an alternative way to replace the materials that have traditionally been used in construction to generate shadows.

One of the great advantages of the photovoltaic glasses of architectural integration of BIPV Solutions, is that they act as filter of the ultraviolet and infrared radiations, both harmful for the health, besides generating clean and free energy thanks to the sun.

BIPV photovoltaic panels are a perfect solution for use in the formation of eaves, since they constitute a range of active technological glasses that have the property of generating electrical energy and can be used both in new buildings and in reforms.

These types of solutions are perfect for combining design and functionality, thus fusing design and electrical installation. The eaves are transformed thanks to the panels into integral elements of the electrical installation of the building.

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