BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) assumes adaptation of PV modules to various applications in a building, including mostly as elements alternative to traditional structural roof and façade elements (e.g. roofing, glass façade and roof elements, façade cladding elements).
Multi-functionality is the term encompassed by BIPV, i.e. apart from supplying buildings integrated with the system with energy, in numerous cases BIPV is a representative installation which stands out from the surroundings.
1. Photovoltaic modules integrated with building roofs
A glass roof is a very popular method of providing an additional daylight source for central parts of buildings. However, in hot weather, this method causes significant increase in inside temperatures and the need to activate AC systems. Photovoltaic modules integrated with a glass building roof lower the energy demand costs and ensure delicate shading so desirable during sunny days.
2. Photovoltaic modules integrated with building façades
A façade makes a building particularly decorative. It fulfils a representative function for the entire building, which usually makes it stand out from other façades. Façades with inbuilt PV modules also serve as representative building walls and decrease the amounts paid for electricity bills as the building itself generates energy. Thanks to this, we deal with twofold ECO profits, i.e. ECOlogic as panels generate “green energy”, and ECOnomical as, apart from the decrease in electricity consumption, a building acquires prestige resulting from BIPV technology application.
3. Modules integrated with roofs of detached houses
Photovoltaic modules installed on roofs are standard solutions. However, modules integrated with roofs constitute an innovation made possible by the BIPV technology. This method of PV module installation ensures construction material savings as BIPV modules are used instead of roofing tiles.
4. BIPV modules for artistic purposes
PV modules may also be used by architects who do not shy away from a challenge. The photovoltaic technology does not have to be dull as it may be used in a manner different than a section of a glass roof or façade. Unconventional applications draw the eye, particularly in combination with water or LED illumination systems.
5. Photovoltaic modules integrated with terraces
While designing construction of state-of-the-art glazed terrace roofing, one must always take into account protection against sun. In such cases, shading is a good solution. If you want to replace conventional glass with laminated security glass with integrated PV cells, this offer is just for you. The modules ensure protection against foul weather, provide adequate shading with sufficient transparency and supply houses with green energy. Moreover, the entire installation is elegant and does not include all additional elements of a standard fastening system.
6. Photovoltaic modules integrated with balcony railings
A combination of glass and photovoltaic cells integrated with a balcony railing. Thanks to various installation methods, each customer finds a product tailored to their needs Modules may be used in detached and multi-family houses.
7. Other applications of BIPV modules
The photovoltaic technology may supply energy wherever you need it. The ever developing “e-mobility” industry offers numerous possibilities to combine acquisition of renewable solar energy with its direct use during a stopover of after your trip ends. Installation of PV modules on stops will enable you to recharge your phone or laptop on your way to work or during a biking trip. Modules integrated with your garage roof will recharge electric cars which, in a few years time, will start pushing traditional combustion-engine vehicles from the market. Such factors as exceptional design and functionality of the modules enable them to be integrated with sound barriers.