Performance and Characterization of Building Integrated Photovoltaic Panels.
Performance and Characterization of Building Integrated
Fanney, A. H.; Dougherty, B. P.; Davis, M. W.
IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 21st.
Proceedings. May 20-24, 2002, New Orleans, LA, 1-4 pp,
building integrated; mono-crystalline; photovoltaic;
polycrystalline; silicon film
Buildings consume more than two-thirds of the
electricity in the United States. The incorporation of
photovoltaics into buildings, referred to as building
integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), offers an aesthetically
pleasing means of displacing centrally located utility
generated power with distributed renewable energy.
Building integrated photovoltaics replace conventional
building elements such as roof tiles, asphalt shingles,
facade elements, and shading devices with photovoltaic
modules that perform the same functions but also provide
electrical power. A barrier to the BIPV implementation
is the lack of validated predictive tools to quantify
the achievable energy savings. Building owners,
architects, and designers need these predictive tools in
order to make informed decisions about the economic
viability of a proposed BIPV project. The Building and
Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) is providing high
quality experimental data for the development,
validation, and improvement of computer simulation