Building Integrated Photovoltaics
BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) is the photovoltaics integration into the building envelope. The PV thin film panels serve the dual role of building skin: replace conventional building envelope materials and power generator. By avoiding the cost of conventional materials, the incremental cost of photovoltaics reduce and it improves its life-cycle cost. BIPV systems often have lower overall costs than PV systems requiring separate, dedicated, mounting systems.
The thin-film architectural panels added to the BIPV allow and ease full building integration of facades and windows. With these technologies, we expect that the future of photovoltaics is BIPV. The key of BIPV is that the marginal more cost in the installation is more than offset by using to produce renewable energy. BIPV is one of the fastest growing up segments of the photovoltaic industry.
There is a growing up consensus that distributed photovoltaic systems that give electricity at the place of use will be the first to reach widespread commercialization. The chief among these distributed applications are the solar power stations for individual buildings.
Interest in the building integration of photovoltaics, where the PV elements become an integral part of the building, often serving as the exterior weather skin, is growing worldwide. Photovoltaic specialists and innovative designers in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. are now exploring ways of incorporating solar electricity into their work. Nowadays a new Photovoltaic Architecture Industry emerged.