BIPV – Building-integrated photovoltaics. The solar photovoltaic panel is integrated into the building fabric rather than a ‘tack-on’ addition and the PV panel replaces conventional building cladding materials but with the added benefit of producing renewable electricity.
The key advantage of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is the marginal additional cost in installation. BIPV is one of the fastest growing segments of the photovoltaic industry.
BIPV also delivers further advantages. Its applicability to a wide range of applications, vertical and horizontal surfaces means a wider area can be employed to generate solar energy than just conventional roof tops. Further, by generating electricity at point of use means that transmission losses are reduced and no upgrade of the grid is required. BIPV glazing can also deliver added energy saving benefits in reduced heat loss and heat gain and as a non mechanical system requires little or no maintenance over its lifetime.