BIPV systems test facility

Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems are the key to Near-Zero Energy Buildings or Positive Energy Buildings. Such systems usually come with:

  • additional functions such as transparency, solar protection or solar thermal production, thermal insulation, etc. 
  • additional constraints to the PV modules: operating temperatures, thermo-mechanical stresses, fires, etc.

Furthermore, some products may use bifacial solar cells or tubular devices instead of the conventional flat solar modules.

Defining the additional criteria to be measured and harmonizing the test procedures among the various test facilities in order to improve performance prediction are the main issues addressed regarding this topic.

 

Papers and posters were presented at the latest European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conferences and Exhibitions: 

  • 27th  EU PVSEC in 2012: Download here the paper “Numerical analysis of the impact of environmental conditions on BIPVsystems, an overview of BIPV modelling in the SOPHIA project”. The associated poster is available here.
  • 28th EU PVSEC in 2013:  papers "FEEDBACK OF THE MONITORING AND NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF AN INNOVATIVE SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC / THERMAL HYBRID COLLECTOR INTEGRATED INTO A DRYING APPLICATION" and "PERFORMANCE OF RESIDENTIAL ROOF BIPV SYSTEMS SUBJECT TO BUILDING INTEGRATION CODES: DYNAMIC MODELLING AND EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS" available for download.
    Associated poster " Feedback of the monitoring and numerical analysis of an innovative solar photovoltaic / thermal hybrid collector integrated into a drying application"  and poster 2 "Maximizing the performance of residential rooftop BIPV systems: lessons learned from monitoring and simulation" also downloadable.

 

 

  • 29th EU PVSEC: currently being sublitted .... 

 

 

 

Three research infrastructures are available to work on BIPV systems:

Partner

Research Infrastructures

Main Characteristics

CEA-INES

BIPV platform

Ten roof test benches (5x7m, tiltable) and four Passys test cells for façade applications

CREST

Module characterisation facility

Indoor measurement in a specifically designed simulator

Tecnalia

Kubik

BIPV components characterisation under real conditions of use on the Kubik building