Researchers at the University of Hanover want to enhance BIPV

Jan 21, 2021 12:24 PM ET
  • Roof covering surfaces covered with solar systems are not enough to meet power demands, particularly in non-residential structures. "However, because surface area mounting on the exterior is critically identified in terms of aesthetic appeals as well as preparation and setup, facade surfaces typically remain extra," discusses Katharina Klemt-Albert, head of the Institute for Construction Management as well as Digital Building at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH).

Together with her team and eight companions from industry and scientific research, she wishes to enhance the life process of building-integrated solar systems (BIPV) in a recently launched project, from intending to setup and operation. The purpose is to raise the approval and also application of BIPV. In addition, aesthetically appealing solar surface areas will aesthetically boost exteriors.

A façade area of the Danish Expo Pavilion at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds will certainly serve as the demonstration building. There, information is gathered over the entire life cycle of a BIPV system as well as refined in the XLAB electronic research laboratory for an electronic equivalent. The researchers will certainly after that imitate and also analyze the usefulness of BIPV systems. The outcomes will be compiled in a functional overview, supplemented by a digital system that maps the processes and info in the life process of the design.

Individuals in the project consist of the Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH), the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, the bifa Environmental Institute, the engineering providers Albert, the building company Lang Hugger Rampp, the BIPV system supplier Blue Energy Systems, as well as the power monitoring system developer nD-Enerserve. The preparation workplace Carsten Grobe Passivhaus is giving the demo building on the exhibit premises in Hanover for the study.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is funding the joint project "BIMPV - Retrospective BIM strategy for lifecycle-optimized combination of BIPV systems in the structure envelope" for three years with EUR2.4 million ($2.9 million).

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