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A Building-Integrated Semi-Transparent PV-Generator Endowed with a Mono-Axial Solar Tracker
R. Carbone
Building Integration, Photovoltaic (PV), Solar Tracker, Semi-Transparent
PV System Performance and Integration
Subtopic: Building, Infrastructure and Landscape Applications
Event: 33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 6BV.3.61
2600 - 2603
ISBN: 3-936338-47-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20172017-6BV.3.61
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Document(s): paper, poster


In this paper we would like to describe constitutive characteristics of a photovoltaic generator conceived for being fully integrated in a building (BIPV-generator) also showing how it can be endowed by an unconventional and innovative "under-glass" mono-axial solar tracker. The semi-transparency special feature of our proposed BIPV-generator will be also underlined and valorized from the energy and architectural point of views. Some deepening about very low installation and maintenance costs of our BIPV-generator will be also given and the high reliability of its unconventional "under-glass" and mono-axial solar tracker will be underlined. Finally, we would like also to present and discuss the results of some first experimental measurements operated on a small-power prototype also introducing future tests to be performed on an additional prototype we are building "ad hoc" for performing “long-time” comparative tests among: (i) the on-field performances of the proposed BIPV-generator, (ii) the on-field performances of a conventional PV-generator built on the basis of the same quantity of PV-cells, with no solar-tracker and (iii) the on-field performances of a conventional PV-generator built on the basis of the maximum quantity of PV-cells which fully cover the available surface exposed to the sunlight (with no solar-tracker).