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Integration of Photovoltaics in Buildings

Aaditya, Gayathri and Mani, Monto (2017) Integration of Photovoltaics in Buildings. [Book Chapter]

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10201-5


Buildings are estimated to consume in excess of 40% of global primary energy. Given the increasing energy demand, imminent climate change, and over-stressed land resources, buildings can become a potential site for integration of renewables. Solar energy being the most abundant of renewable energy, its integration in buildings is the current scope of this article. An overview of various solar energy technologies that can be utilized in a building is discussed. These technologies have been classified according to the mechanism of harnessing and utilization of solar energy in the form of heat, light, and biomass. With the specific case of solar photovoltaics, an integrability concept has been proposed and tested using case-studies. The integrability concept attempts to provide an integrated assessment involving the various functionalities of a building, viz., thermal comfort, occupant safety, ventilation, etc. The concept has been demonstrated for building integrated photovoltaic systems.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Elsevier.
Keywords: BIPV; Integrability; Renewable energy; Solar photovoltaics
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 29 May 2022 08:08
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 01:01
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/72789

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