‘State-of-the-art’ of building integrated photovoltaic products

Cerón, Isabel and Caamaño Martín, Estefanía and Neila González, Francisco Javier (2013). ‘State-of-the-art’ of building integrated photovoltaic products. "Renewable Energy", v. 58 ; pp. 127-133. ISSN 0960-1481. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2013.02.013.


Title: ‘State-of-the-art’ of building integrated photovoltaic products
  • Cerón, Isabel
  • Caamaño Martín, Estefanía
  • Neila González, Francisco Javier
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Renewable Energy
Date: October 2013
ISSN: 0960-1481
Volume: 58
Freetext Keywords: Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV); State-of-the-art; Building materials; Photovoltaic industry
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Electrónica Física
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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During the last decades, the photovoltaic (PV) modules and their associated architectural materials are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of the building envelope such as façade, roof and skylights in the urban centers. This paper analyzes the-state-of-the-art of the PV elements and construction materials which are advertised as BIPV-products at the most important companies in the world. For this purpose 136 companies and 445 PV elements have been investigated and analyzed from a technical and architectural point of view. Also, the study has been divided into two main groups according to industry which producing the product: BIPV-Modules, which comes from the PV modules manufacturers and consist of standard PV-modules with some variations in its aesthetic features, support or dimensions; and PV-Constructions Elements, which consist of conventional constructive elements with architectural features intentionally manufactured for photovoltaic integration. In advance for conclusions, the solar tile is the most common PV-constructions element, the Si-crystalline is the most widely used PV technology, and the BIPV-urban furniture is the fastest growing market experienced in recent years. However, it is clear the absences of innovative elements which meet at the same time both the constructive purpose as the quality standards of PV technology.

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Item ID: 29519
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/29519/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:29519
DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2013.02.013
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148113001225
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 05 Jul 2014 07:59
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 10:13
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