BIPVBOOST: How to lower the cost of building-integrated photovoltaic systems


Picture: At the centre, the CIS Tower in Manchester, with building-integrated photovoltaic modules

As a partner of the BIPVBOOST consortium, 3E has been working on bringing down costs of multifunctional building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions and processes along the value chain, enabling the implementation of Near Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs). After 1 year, the first results are already available.

Lowering the cost of BIPV

The BIPVBOOST project is a new innovation action, funded under the EC Horizon 2020 programme. The project started in October 2018 based on the observation that the buildings sector is a large energy consumer, and on the belief that reducing the cost of building-integrated PV could improve the situation. The project has therefore been studying how to limit additional costs of BIPV systems compared to traditional, non-PV, construction solutions and non-integrated PV modules. The project aims therefore to improve standardisation and regulatory compliance, and to provide efficient energy management tools for a fast market uptake and significant cost reduction of BIPV systems.

The roadmaps have been structured to reach the following results:

Flexible and automated BIPV manufacturing process.
Large portfolio of multifunctional cost-competitive BIPV products following market requests, thanks to innovative materials and processes.
Digitalized process and energy management systems (EMS) along the value chain thanks to Building Information Management (BIM) technology.
Advanced standardization activities (such as monitoring, modelling and data analytics for automatic fault detection, predictive maintenance and energy management), to support the qualification of BIPV systems for a massive implementation in the building skin.

The project pursuits a 50% reduction of additional cost of BIPV modules in 2020 and 75% in 2030. In addition, an annual development of up to 3 GWp by 2025 and of 9.3 GWp by 2030 is expected.

3E & the consortium

In order to achieve those results, 19 industrial and research partners have been working together. As a member of the consortium and expert in building energy management systems, 3E is:

• Providing use case definitions with optimization targets and constraints for tertiary and residential buildings.
• Developing the architecture of the BIPVBOOST monitoring, control and energy management framework.
• Gathering documentation of Building Management Software for tertiary and residential buildings.
Reporting on the performance of Building Management Software in operation for tertiary and residential buildings.
Introducing the DeltaQ software as cost-effective cloud-based Building Management Software for tertiary buildings.
Extending the DeltaQ service to integrate BIPV, battery control and relevant use cases.

First results

The first results are already available to public through 4 reports.
1. “Cost competitiveness status of BIPV solutions in Europe”
2. “Update on BIPV market and stakeholder analysis”
3. “Update on regulatory framework for BIPV”
4. “Collection of building typologies and identification of possibilities with optimal market share”

The full reports are available here.

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