PV en face! aims at the development of a number of facade integration design concepts, applying a design strategy with strong emphasis on low-cost, yet high-quality, building integration techniques.
Although innovative mounting concepts are currently being developed for PV in tilted and flat roofs, this is not the case for PV facades, despite the good market perspectives for PV integration into facades. At the moment, PV facades still use tailor-made solutions requiring case by case engineering, installation by specialists and custom made modules. These tailor made solutions lead to high-quality, yet high-price solutions. However, high-quality though low-cost concepts are required to achieve a future breakthrough in the market for PV facades, the main reason for initiating PV en face!
PV en face! will treat add-on and facade integrated concepts both using different thermal properties and thus ensuring a wide spread applicability throughout the different Northern and Mediterranean European climates. PV en face! utilises an interactive design strategy, divided into four tasks:
1. Facade technology assessment
Identify commonly used facade technologies throughout Europe.
2. Pre-designs and prototypes .
Develop preliminary designs with emphasis on cost minimisation, standardisation, aesthetics and wide-spread applicability on European level.
3. In- and outdoor testing.
Test prototypes, alter preliminary design, repeat test, set pre-design.
4. Pre-design conclusions
Evaluate designs, recommend further design actions, real-scale pilot projects, market consortia, commercialisation.
PV en face! pre-designs will be ready for benchmarking, commercialisation and subsequent marketing on the European level.
Achievement of PV en face ! objectives will lead to the following benefits:
1. Near-term system cost reduction up to 25 %, through costs minimisation related to materials, engineering and system installation (standardised designs, tuned to everyday cladding work), usage of standard, mass-produced modules and full integration of cabling and grid interconnection into the mounting system.
2. Improved market acceptance of PV cladding technology by builders throughout Europe, through using general accepted mounting concepts and tuning of these mounting concepts to regular European cladding methods.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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