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Integrability assessment methodology for building integrated photovoltaics: concept and application

Eranki, GA and Mani, M (2020) Integrability assessment methodology for building integrated photovoltaics: concept and application. In: International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 39 (4). pp. 362-379.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14786451.2019.1699559


The existing evaluation of Building Integrated Photovoltaic systems (BIPV), limit to the system’s electrical performance, similar to conventional PV ground-mounted systems. BIPV has to deliver on both the roles of building and PV alike while catering to the needs of the society, economically. The current paper introduces the concept of Integrability, which is an attempt towards a holistic approach in evaluating BIPV systems. Integrability Methodology for BIPV evaluation has been proposed, for urban localities, which can be adopted for various PV configurations, building typologies and climatic zones. An Integrability Index has also been devised, considering various building performance factors, to evaluate and compare the performance of BIPV structures. The methodology has been applied to a 5.25 kWp BIPV system and the index has been computed to be 0.17 (on a scale of 0–1) and the various strategies that improve the index (up to 0.56) have also been discussed

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: International Journal of Sustainable Energy
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Keywords: Photovoltaic cells; Thermal comfort, Assessment methodologies; BIPV; Building integrated photovoltaic system; Building-integrated photovoltaics; climate-responsiveness; Electrical performance; Integrability; Performance ratio, Buildings, building; climate change; holistic approach; performance assessment; photovoltaic system; solar power; urban area; ventilation
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2023 06:07
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2023 06:07
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/79660

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