Content and research objectives
The main goal of this project is to investigate the major reasons and obstacles to a massive PV integration and to propose possible solutions. For this purpose, this project will (i) offer a better understanding of the failures and success of past and present BIPV solutions, in terms of technological choice, cost potential and acceptance; (ii) analyze BIPV solutions that have the potential to reach sufficient acceptance, (iii) propose a new methodology for the development of BIPV products, including a global failure model for the PV parts and (iv) demonstrate a next generation of BIPV products that satisfy manufacturability and low ecological footprint, with the potential of providing a substantial part of the Swiss electricity while generating an industrial value. Furthermore, practical cases will be assessed on sets of selected buildings in Neuchâtel.
Scientific and social context of the research
This project will generate new and essential information concerning technological issues and social barriers and it will propose solutions to overcome them. Hence, the outcome of this project will be of considerable value for the PV and building actors, including architects and installers. Furthermore, this project should significantly increase the public awareness towards BIPV.