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The research and development of PV modules and system components for the cladding of commercial buildings in Europe

Objective

The overall objective of the project is to develop designs for cost-effective photovoltaic cladding systems to be installed either on new or refurbished commercial buildings in Europe.
The expected results are the production and testing of two PV module prototypes for commercial building cladding.

Much effort went into collecting and summarising large amounts of existing information about PV facades and the various issues that need to be considered when approaching a PV project. Problems for implementing an integrated PV cladding system were fully assessed and areas needing further development were identified. The rainscreen overcladding developed has integrated PV modules that are larger than standard and this reduces the amount of wiring required as well as reducing framing costs. The second prototype, the ventilated facade, consists of four panels, compliant with standard building requirements. It comprises glass/resin/glass PV modules with 15X10 units of BP Solar's high efficiency cells. The heat from behind the cladding is collected to heat the building or water and this increases efficiency.
The project is divided into 4 tasks: 1. Data collection 2. Research 3. Design, analysis and simulation 4. Prototype construction and testing.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

IT POWER LTD.
Address
The Warren, Bramshill Road
RG27 0PR Hook Eversley,hants
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

BP SOLAR LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Chertsey Road
TW167XA Sunbury-on-thames
Christian Pohl GmbH
Germany
Address
Robert-bosch-straße 6
50769 Köln
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.*
Germany
Address
Heidenhofstrasse 2
79110 Freiburg (In Breisgau)
OVE ARUP PARTNERSHIP LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Fitzroy Street 13
W1P 6BQ London