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Within the frame of a doctoral thesis on architectural design, the purpose of the work was to study the covering of an open space between two buildings, by means of an innovative application of photovoltaic elements integrated in membrane textiles, widely used for tend structures. This feasibility study investigated several architectural solutions in which commercially available PV modules could be integrated.

At first, a literature study was made investigating the possible solutions for covering the space, bearing in mind the integration of photovoltaic modules in the structure. The project can be seen as a highly innovative approach, taking into account all aspects apart from specific customer requests, the contextual architectural and environmental conditions, the impact of shadow, the evaluation of solar irradiation, the choice of materials, the study of technical details, the overall energetic aspect and a cost analysis.

The energetic aspect of the system was investigated by the evaluation of grid-delivered electric power for the period of one year, considering both the different spatial inclinations of different planes of the PV panels and the shadow projection of the adjacent building on the cover.

The use of architectural textile membranes as a support for flexible PV modules could be a cost effective solution for built environmental integration. The study demonstrates that architectural design can handle renewable energy technology in a way that is acceptable from esthetical and energetic points of view. view.

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Authors: BLOEM J J, JRC, Environment Institute, Renewable Energies Unit, Ispra (IT);PIGAIANI E, JRC, Environment Institute, Renewable Energies Unit, Ispra (IT);POLINELLI M, JRC, Environment Institute, Renewable Energies Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The 17 European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition. Held in: M?nchen (DE), 22-26 October 2001
Record Number: 200114146 / Last updated on: 2001-12-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en