Building-integrated photovoltaic’s (BIPV) are photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or facades. They are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of new buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power, although existing buildings may be retrofitted with similar technology. The advantage of integrated photovoltaic’s 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. These advantages make BIPV one of the fastest growing segments of the photovoltaic industry.
The term building-applied photovoltaic’s (BAPV) is sometimes used to refer to photovoltaic’s that are a retrofit – integrated into the building after construction is complete. Most building-integrated installations are actually BAPV. Some manufacturers and builders differentiate new construction BIPV from BAPV.
- Colored PV glasses
- Highly suitable in on-grid and off-grid applications
- Easily customizable in terms of glass thickness and color
- Appealing aesthetics to buildings and homes
Reduces the cost of traditional building materials
Considerable generation of electricity and act as a power generator
Significant economic advantage over the building and contributes to energy conservation
Offset carbon footprint
BIPV modules are easily applied in residential, commercial and industrial buildings as follows.