BIPV News

In this section, we make you acquainted with the latest news on BIPV plants: recent R&D, major projects, commercially available systems, etc. Building-integrated photovoltaic systems are constructed as a part of building envelop. Such built-in solar modules are very popular because they combine high functionality and aesthetic appearance.

Freestanding microwire-array allows flexible solar window
TSCs are emerging devices which combine the advantages of visible transparency and light-to-electricity conversion. Among the valuable potential applications of these devices is their integration into vehicles, buildings, or mobile electronics. Therefore, color-perception and flexibility are important in addition to the efficiency.
Dec 16, 2019 // BIPV, solar cells, Asia, Korea, flexible, TSCs
Walkable solar pavement
A research group from China has developed a solar floor tile for pedestrians’ and cyclists’ paths. The innovation has been piloted on Hong Kong-based Green Deck. The walkable tile is claimed durable, heat-resistant, nonslip and conversion efficient.
Dec 9, 2019 // BIPV, Technology, China, Asia, PV tile
Impact of Existing and Emerging 3D Printed Solar Energy Trees Market Trends And Forecast 2015-2025
3D printed solar energy trees are artificial trees for harvesting solar energy.
Dec 3, 2019 // BIPV, Technology, solar energy trees, 3D printed, SolarBotanic, Envision Solar International Inc., Solar Impulse Industry Co. Ltd, Creative Smart Innovations, Spotlight Solar
Australian photovoltaic integrated glass gets UL certification
The advanced solar integrated window glass developed by ClearVue has been approved for the United States’ market, which provides the Australian manufacturer with vast global market prospects.
Nov 29, 2019 // BIPV, Australia, oceania, ClearVue
Chhattisgarh Floats Tenders for 5,000 Solar Pumps and 700 Solar Trees
The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) has issued two tenders for the supply and installation of 5,000 small solar irrigation pumps and 700 solar trees in the state.
Nov 7, 2019 // BIPV, Technology, Markets & Finance, India, Asia, tenders, CREDA, pumps, solar trees
6 Examples of Solar Powered Roads That Could Be a Glimpse of the Future
Oct 31, 2019 // BIPV, USA, Europe, Netherlands, North America, solar roads, amorphous solar cells
SunUp provides a backpack-hugging solar-power solution for hikers
The best of rigid and flexible solar panels combine in SunUp, a product for outdoor adventurers invented by Brunel University design graduate Bradley Brister.
Oct 29, 2019 // BIPV, Technology, Solar Panels, flexible, SunUp, Bradley Brister, Lucy Hughes
Tesla is launching version three of its solar roof tile this week
Tesla will debut a new, third iteration of its solar roof tile this week — with an official debut tomorrow afternoon. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s earnings call on Wednesday that it’ll make an official announcement detailing the differences in generation three on Thursday afternoon.
Oct 24, 2019 // BIPV, Rooftop PV, TESLA, Elon Musk, Solar Roof
Solar Manufactured Homes Concept Wins National Award For Portland Firm
An idea to build solar panels into manufactured homes has given a Portland-based company a big win in a year-long national competition.
Sep 30, 2019 // BIPV, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Rooftop PV, California, USA, North America, Portland, Phase3 Photovoltaics, Ethan Good, Becca Jones-Albertus
Markus Kayser: solar sinter 3D printer
London-based markus kayser, a masters candidate in design products at the royal college of art, converts the raw resources of sunlight and sand into glass products with his fully automated, solar-powered ‘solar sinter‘ 3D printer.
Sep 20, 2019 // BIPV, Technology, bipv, UK, Europe, London, 3D printer, solar sinter, Markus Kayser, Building-integrated photovoltaics
German scientists team up for perovskite tandem cells
Two of Germany’s leading research institutes and a CIGS module maker have announced plans to work on the development of perovskite-CIGS tandem cells with a target of producing thin film modules with better than 30% efficiency.
Sep 4, 2019 // BIPV, Manufacturing, Solar to Fuel, Germany, pv modules, Europe, hydrogen, perovskite, CIGS module, thin film modules, KIT, ZSW, Nice Solar Energy, Ulrich W Paetzold, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
The bearable lightness of solar
The weight of a thin-film rooftop PV installation at Netherlands football club AZ Alkmaar has been highlighted in media reports as a possible cause of a stadium roof collapse. However, a full investigation is yet to be launched and one German specialist said studies have shown flush-mount PV panels do not increase static wind loads on rooftops.
Aug 12, 2019 // BIPV, Technology, Germany, rooftop, Netherlands, AZ Alkmaar’s stadium, Andries Broersma, Hanergy system, Thorsten Kray
Tesla Ramping Up Production Of V3 Solar Roof Tiles To 1,000 Systems/Week By End Of 2019
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter that the company is working to ramp up the production of its solar roof tiles to a rate of 1000 per week by the end of the year. Rollout of the solar roof tiles has been slower than the company expected back when they were first revealed in a 2016 event at the Universal Studios backlot in Southern California.
Jul 31, 2019 // BIPV, bipv, TESLA, Elon Musk, Southern California, Universal Studios backlot, LEGO, Building-integrated photovoltaics
Tesla’s solar roof tile production yet to ramp
Tesla’s solar roof tile system production ramp has seemed to have been delayed further, according to second quarter 2019 financial filings.
Jul 29, 2019 // BIPV, TESLA, Gigafactory 2, SEC filing notes
NEW DESIGNS COULD BOOST SOLAR CELLS BEYOND THEIR LIMITS
THE SUN BLANKETS the Earth with enough photons every hour to meet the entire world’s energy needs for a year. The question is how to efficiently convert them into electricity.
Jul 11, 2019 // BIPV, Marc Baldo, Shockley-Queisser, NREL