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Building-integrated fibre-reinforced solar technology

Objective

BFIRST project will deal with the design, development and demonstration of a portfolio of innovative photovoltaic products for building integration, based on cell encapsulation within fibre-reinforced composite materials. Currently available photovoltaic products will be expanded with new standardized solutions developed to a pre-industrial stage.



Composite material manufacturing and cell encapsulation take place in a single-step process. The produced modules are monolithic, lightweight structures, in contrast with currently available glass-based multilayer modules. A high versatility regarding complex geometries, transmittance levels, colours and surface finishing can be achieved from different materials (resins, fibres, additives) and processes (pre-preg, infusion, etc.).

Multifunctionality of the developed components will be addressed in order to comply with existing building codes and standards, with the specific goal of enhancing the global energy efficiency of the building.

Full architectural integration of the developed PV components within the building will be a main concern from the architecture and construction companies joining the consortium. Both new constructions and retrofitting, as well as residential and non-residential buildings will be considered.



Laboratory testing and demonstration in experimental and three “real” buildings will be carried out in order to offer a complete characterisation which helps designers, installers and final users making an optimal profit of the possibilities of the products.



As a result of testing and monitoring results, pre-normative issues will also be addressed by the consortium, in the case that a lack of specific regulation within building codes and standards on some of the characteristics of these products is clearly detected.



The consortium is composed by architects, construction companies, photovoltaic manufacturers, universities and private research centres.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-2
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eduardo Roman (Dr.)

Participants (8)

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel ángel Paris Torres (Dr.)
APLICACIONES TECNICAS DE LA ENERGIASL
Spain
Address
Avenida De La Foia 14 Parque
46440 Almussafes Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Salvador López (Mr.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
00196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesco Montesanto (Mr.)
CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
Greece
Address
Marathonos 19Th Km
19009 Pikermi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Konstantinos Karytsas (Dr.)
IRON KATASKEVASTIKI ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EFTHINIS
Greece
Address
Papanikoli
Chalandri
Administrative Contact
Andreas Charalampopoulos (Mr.)
TECHNOLOGIKO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU
Cyprus
Address
Archbishop Kyprianos 31 Savings Cooperative Bank Building 3Rd Floor
3036 Lemesos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charalambos Chrisostomou (Dr.)
VUE SUR MONS
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Biche 5
7000 Mons
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stéphane Pierret (Dr.)
BEAR HOLDING BV
Netherlands
Address
Gravin Beatrixstraat 34
2805 PJ Gouda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tjerk Reijenga (Mr.)