Enabling Framework for the Acceleration of BIPV

Integration of PV in the Built Environment (BIPV) has the potential to become a major player in the PV market. It generates necessary energy close to the consumer while at the same time being part of the built environment and creating an aesthetic valued solution. Although exact numbers are not consistent, approximately between 1% and 3% of all PV installed is Building Integrated (BIPV), resulting in a niche market for BIPV products. There are more than 100 prototypes of market-ready BIPV products worldwide. However, only a small amount seems to be able to cross the valley of death between product and prototype development and successful large-scale market penetration.


 Transition towards sound BIPV business models


The objective of Task 15 is to create an enabling framework to accelerate the penetration of BIPV products in the global market of renewables, resulting in an equal playing field for BIPV products, BAPV products and regular building envelope components, respecting mandatory issues, aesthetic issues, reliability and financial issues.

As BIPV is related both to electric technology and construction technology, the approach followed in this Task is based on a value added approach in which BIPV is not only related to PV (covering energy, environmental, and PR aspects) but as well to the building as a whole and to the building industry (covering aesthetics, building energy performance, and multi-functionality of the building envelope). The scope of this Task covers both new and existing buildings, different PV technologies, different applications, as well as scale difference from 1-family dwellings to large-scale BIPV application in offices and utility buildings. The Task focuses on 6 separate developments, reflecting the different parts in BIPV development and application: 

A: BIPV project database

B: Transition towards sound BIPV business models

C: International framework of BIPV specifications

D: Environmental benefits of BIPV

E: Demonstration

F: Dissemination