Building Integrated Photovoltaics
“How can we directly integrate photovoltaics into a building?”
Solar photovoltaic panels have revolutionized energy as we know it. And since buildings are some the highest consumers of energy, it would only be logical that panels be applied to them. But PV systems can be big and clunky and take up a lot of room.
Or do they have to?
Novel breakthroughs have resulted in the creation of a technology known as Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPs). These systems are directly integrated into the building envelope, allowing for much more flexible use. They can be put directly on rooftops, applied to the sides, or even constructed as transparent windows! However, there are numerous factors to consider when using building integrated photovoltaics. Shading may occur from other edifices, there may be deposition from weather, and a proper tilt angle depending on the geographic location must all be considered. Despite this, BIPs are an excellent foray for humanity into greater sustainability.