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BIPV

BIPV is considered to be one of the fastest growing segments of the residential market. It aims at optimizing performance with an emphasis on aesthetics. 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.

BIPV (Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic) is rapidly emerging after more than 25 years of development with exciting new products and materials. Many years of development brought to the market diversified products for seamless integration into the building envelope by using a variety of PV technologies and innovative mounting structures.

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BIPV means:

Building Integrated PhotoVoltaics, or in other words, photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or façades.

2017

  • BIPV Products Overview for Solar Building Skin

    33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    In this paper, the authors report on a jointly conducted analysis of the current status of the BIPV market by giving a comprehensive overview on the available products, the current trends of technological innovation, the application ranges and a survey on the price levels.

  • Performance Assessment of Various BIPV Concepts

    Advanced Building Skins Conference 2017

    Performance assessment of BIPV naturally focuses on those aspects where BIPV deviates from regular BAPV. The major aspects are: temperature, partial shading and geometry. This paper highlights measurements and analysis related to all three relevant factors. In addition the extension of BIPV to BIPVT is discussed.

  • BIPV Status Report 2017

    A comprehensive report providing insight into the status of building integrated solar energy in Europe.

  • Do Thin Film PV Modules Offer an Advantage Under Partial Shading Conditions?

    33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    One of the biggest loss factors for BIPV applications are the partial shading phenomena caused by elements on the roof or in close proximity such as chimneys, dormers, trees, poles etc. These shadings may have a detrimental effect mostly on the performance but sometimes also on the reliability of the PV modules used in BIPV applications.

2016

  • BIPV prijsstudie 2016

    Dit rapport bevat de resultaten van een BIPV prijsstudie uitgevoerd door SEAC in de zomer van 2016. Enerzijds is er onderzocht welk type PV panelen er gebruikt worden in BIPV toepassingen, wie de toeleveranciers zijn en wat het prijsniveau is. Anderzijds is er onderzocht welke BIPV toepassingen er in de sociale woningbouw mogelijk zijn en wat daar het prijsniveau van is.

  • ZigZag Structure in Facade Optimizes PV Yield While Aesthetics Are Preserved

    32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    In the Netherlands, the possibilities for façade PV applications draw more attention lately. In this context, start-up company Wallvision has introduced a ZigZag structured façade in which the PV-modules are hidden from ground level, and the decorative panels are customized to the aesthetical preferences of the architect.

2015

2014

  • The BIPV Research Facility ‘SolarBEAT’ in the Netherlands

    29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    A BIPV research facility ‘SolarBEAT’ has been initiated in the Netherlands by the Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC). This facility enables and supports research and development of new products in the field of BIPV, solar thermal and PVT.

  • High Throughput Roof Renovation Using Pre-fabbed and Pre-wired Watertight PV Insulation Elements

    29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    This paper is a market study and economic modeling of BIPV products for the Dutch terraced houses renovation sector. The combined approach of roof renovation, roof insulation and PV application can lower the energy index of these houses by more than 1.0 and realize a four energy label improvement steps (e.g. from label E to label A).

  • BIPV Products for Facades and Roofs: A Market Analysis

    29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    In this paper, an analysis of the current status of the BIPV market regarding the available products, application portfolios and price levels is conducted, supported by a market survey among various stakeholders in the BIPV sector, including architects, installers and BIPV product suppliers.

  • AER: A Novel Concept for an Aesthetic Energy Roof

    In het project AER (Aesthetic Energy Roof) hebben AERspire BV en het SEAC nauw samengewerkt om een nieuw type gebouw-geïntegreerd fotovoltaïsch dak concept te ontwikkelen. Het AER concept behelst een volledige dak oplossing die lage materiaalkosten combineert met een hoge esthetische waarde.

  • SEW: Smart Energy Windows

    In het project Smart Energy Windows (SEW) hebben Peer+, SEAC en ECN samengewerkt aan het verder ontwikkelen van schakelend glas op basis van liquid crystal technologie en aan het opzetten en analyseren van verschillende pilots.

2013

  • The Glass-Glass Aesthetic Energy Roof: Thermal Behavior for Various Ventilation Levels

    28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    The ‘Aesthetic Energy Roof’ (AER) concept is an aesthetically pleasing building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roof concept based on the patent-pending idea to use the photovoltaic glass for watertightness and connection between the PV panels. In this paper we will investigate the thermal properties of the AER concept.

  • BIPV Report 2013

    The state of the art developments in the Building Integrated PhotoVoltaics.

PV in the infrastructure

Integration of PhotoVoltaics in the infrastructure is the next big step for large scale energy production. PV cells can be integrated in noise barriers, highways, bicycle roads or along the railroad without requiring any additional space.  That way, the infrastructure can have the additional functionality of producing electricity. This electricity can either be used locally to benefit the local community or dumped to the grid.

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PV in the infrastructure means:

PV materials integrated in the infrastructure such as in highways, noise barriers, along the railroads etc.

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2015

  • Solar Highways Benchmark Study

    In this document we present an overview of known initiatives for PV Noise Barriers (PVNBs), to be able to learn from past failures and successes. We will not only focus on technical aspects, but also provide background information on financial and organizational issues.

PV Systems

A photovoltaic system, also solar PV power system, or PV system, is a power system designed to supply usable solar power by means of photovoltaics. It consists of an arrangement of several components, including solar panels to absorb and convert sunlight into electricity, a solar inverter to change the electric current from DC to AC, as well as mounting, cabling and other electrical accessories to set up a working system.

Operating silently and without any moving parts or environmental emissions, PV systems have developed from being niche market applications into a mature technology used for mainstream electricity generation. These systems range from small, rooftop-mounted or building-integrated systems with capacities from a few to several tens of kilowatts, to large utility-scale power stations of hundreds of megawatts.

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PV systems means:

PhotoVoltaic systems, or in other words, a power system designed to supply usable solar power by means of photovoltaics.

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2014

  • Zonneweide performance study

    The Zonneweide is a test field for various PV technologies and is part of the ACRRES research facility of the Wageningen UR. The solar test field consists of eleven different systems, ranging from fixed tilt systems, adjustable systems and trackers. Furthermore, three different PV technologies a-Si, c-Si and CIS are included and their performance is investigated.

  • Update of the Dutch PV Specific Yield for Determination of PV Contribution to Renewable Energy Production: 25% More Energy

    29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    Statistics Netherlands (CBS) annually publishes the contribution of renewables to the Dutch electricity supply. The given value for the annual specific yield of PV systems in the Netherlands was generally recognized as too low. Therefore a study was performed that should lead to an updated value that would support the market stakeholders.

  • “Counting the Sun” – A Dutch Public Awareness Campaign on PV Performance

    29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    As part of the Dutch Solar Days a campaign for the public was organized to raise awareness on the importance of monitoring PV systems. During one week, over 5000 participants were asked to measure or determine the amount of generated energy by their PV systems. Participants were recruited via social media and a national television show.

2013

  • MLPM Benchmark Report 2013

    A benchmark report for the Module Level Power Management power electronics available in the market. MLPM devices contain power optimizers and micro inverters for solar applications.

Solar thermal and PVT systems

A large share of the energy demand in the built environment consists of heat. Solar thermal collectors use the solar irradiance to heat up a fluid or air. Photovoltaic-thermal (PVT) collectors combine a photovoltaic module with a solar thermal absorber. The PV part converts a share of the solar irradiance into electricity and the solar thermal collector converts part of the remaining absorbed irradiation into heat. The capture of both electricity and heat allow these devices to have a higher exergy.

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Solar thermal and PVT means:

PVT stands for PhotoVoltaic Thermal solar collectors, or in other words, systems that convert solar radiation into thermal and electrical energy.

2018

  • PVT benchmark report

    The market for Photovoltaic-Thermal (PVT) systems and the number of PVT module suppliers is growing. This report presents a market survey of PVT modules and a classification of PVT heat pump systems. Furthermore, a list of barriers and opportunities will be presented as perceived by a wide range of stakeholders in the Netherlands.

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PV in the energy system

In the future, the grid should be able to cope with energy produced 100% by renewables. This introduces a range of challenges due to the new de-centralized model of power generation and the quality of power fed into the grid. In this sustainable energy future scenario, PV is projected to be a major player. The technical implications of the energy transition we are going through require insightful research.

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Advanced Solar Monitoring: Phase1 (ASM-1)

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ASM-1 (Advanced Solar Monitoring) aims to deal with problems and opportunities arising in the PV market with the help of “Big Data”. Among these, the need for balancing demand and supply on a local and/or regional scale and the design of the right investment program for the electricity grid infrastructure advanced forecasting of future new installed capacity.

PV in the energy system means:

PhotoVoltaics as part of an energy system.

2018

  • Roadmap NL - PV Systemen en Toepassingen

    De zonne-energie roadmap NL draagt bij aan het realiseren van de doelen en ambities van Nederland en de Nederlandse zonne-energie sector. Uit deze nieuwe studie blijkt dat een realistische ambitie voor Nederland is om in 2030 circa 50 GWp geïnstalleerd zon-PV vermogen in Nederland te hebben en in 2050 meer dan 200 GWp.

2017

  • Design of an Autonomous Solar Charging Station for E-Bikes

    33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    In this paper we present an autonomous solar charging station for e-Bikes developed by SEAC. For an optimal design of all system components, both a prototype has been built, and a model has been created.

  • Bottom-up analysis of PV potential

    International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems 2015  (SMARTGREENS)

    This paper presents a working model to estimate the solar photovoltaic potential using high- resolution LiDAR data and Geographic Information Systems. The city of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands has been selected as the study area. The model was able to successfully locate suitable sites for photovoltaic installations at rooftop level.

2015

  • Advanced Solar Monitoring: Phase1 (ASM-1)

    ASM-1 (Advanced Solar Monitoring) aims to deal with problems and opportunities arising in the PV market with the help of “Big Data”. Among these, the need for balancing demand and supply on a local and/or regional scale and the design of the right investment program for the electricity grid infrastructure advanced forecasting of future new installed capacity.