BIPV: Building Integrated Photovoltaics

In European cities “Building Integrated Photovoltaics” (BIPV) systems are becoming more widespread.

With BIPV, we mean photovoltaic systems integrated into buildings as building elements of facades or roofs, also thanks to the introduction of efficiency improvement directives energy efficiency of buildings and new construction technologies.

Other aspects that increase the development of the BIPV are:

  • More green education;
  • Advanced design;
  • Energy regulation.

The market

The European market for BIPV systems of about 1GW in 2015 tripled in 2018, and it is estimated to reach almost 5 GW of installed power by 2020.

There are also more optimistic estimates given that the effects of the nZEB directive are expected by 2020.

For the BIPV the business model changes completely: energy, aesthetics, particularity of the assembly are introduced and the price is expressed in €/squared-meter and no longer in €/W.

Available materials

Today the market offers very pleasant photovoltaic elements, with the possibility of opting for particular colors, brightness, opacity or transparency, using resistant and reliable materials.

Even the mounting system presents great possibilities: from the modularity and simplicity of assembly, to the possibility of understanding insulating or ventilation systems.