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Building-integrated PV (BIPV)

In building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)
  • the photovoltaic modules are used for several different purposes, i.e. in addition to generating electricity they also perform other functions in the building such as shading or noise insulation and,
  • as a “building material”, they also form part of the envelope of the building (façade, roof, spandrel, etc.).
The basic forms of integration in buildings are:

Figure 1: Options of Building integration

Source: Scheuten 2009

Last page update: 25.01.2011