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Development of an integrated PV-system, architecture and its components for a commercial building


The integration of photovoltaic systems into office or commercial buildings, covering the energy demand for heating, cooling, lighting and communication systems throughout the year.

The tasks described below are of the R&D activities funded by the programme.

1) Performance specification

1.1) Building performance
Environmental performance concerning space and use as well as thermal, ventilation, lighting properties.
1.2) Performance of PV-system
Electricity demand to be covered by PV.
Availability of solar energy, minimum efficiency of PV-system, necessary storage capacity, redundancies.

2) Principle design

2.1) Building sketch design and principle solutions for subsystems
Form, orientation, zoning of building. Functional elements of building envelope, including solar cells, and their combination in subsystems; principle solutions.
2.2) Functional design and principle solutions for Pv-system.
Functions of PV-system and element (solar cells, solar tracking, focussing and spectral selectivity by holographic optical elements, transportation, transformation, change of energy, storage).

3) Design

3.1) Building element design
Design of facade and roof elements with integrated PV components (cladding, glazing, daylight and solar control facilities).
Design of lighting, heating, ventilation components linked with PV system.
Design of integrated control system.
3.2) Design of PV components
Solar cells and their application in buildings components.
Distribution and storage of electricity.
Material and component tests (durability, physical properties).
3.3) design of monitoring system
Sensors, wiring, data storage, data analysis.

4) Product Testing

4.1) Prefabrication and assembly of integrated building components
Roof and external wall with integrated PV components (technologies for prefabrication in industrial scale, assembly methods, access for maintenance, flexibility for component exchange).
4.2) Production of PV components
Technology for mass production of solar cells, application on substrate composites with integrated circuits.
Integration in complex assemblies of building components.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts


Kaiser Bautechnik Ingenieurgesellschaft
Am Freischütz 12
47057 Duisburg

Participants (1)

Studi Tecnici Industriali per l'Utizzazione Energie Rinnovabili Srl
Via G.b. Martini 2
00198 Roma