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Design Evaluation of Customized Building Integration Photovoltaic Prototypes in Hot Climates
D. Efurosibina Attoye, K.A. Tabet Aoul, A. Hassan
Architecture, Energy Generation, Building Integrated PV, Customisation
PV Applications and Integration
Subtopic: PV on/in Buildings, Infrastructure, Landscape, Water and Nature
Event: 36th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 6BV.4.22
1832 - 1837
ISBN: 3-936338-60-4
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20192019-6BV.4.22
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Document(s): paper, poster


In 2017, the total added capacity of new solar photovoltaics (PV) installations globally was 98GW; outranking the combined contributions of coal, gas and nuclear power in the same year. Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is an innovative solar technology, which provides the architect with an eco-friendly strategy towards reducing the negative environmental impact of buildings. Its multi-functional applications include cladding, shading, daylight modulation, aesthetics and thermal control in addition, to energy generation. Existing literature reveals that in spite of its benefits, the adoption of BIPV is limited by knowledge, cost and other technical issues. In a previous study, the potential of custom BIPV to address its limitations was reviewed but without a parametric design for building prototypes. This study seeks to addresses above-stated limitations by developing and evaluating design prototypes for custom BIPV in hot climates. It combines a 4-stage approach with a secondary qualitative evaluation. Stage 1 involves a general evaluation of appropriate passive design strategies using Climate Consultant for the hot climate of Abi Dhabi, UAE. In Stage 2, the impact of building shape and orientation were evaluated using eQuest to guide the early design stage of the prototype residential units. Stage 3 involves a parametric envelope design with REVIT of three (3) prototype BIPV designs. Stage 4 involves a review of the PV output and energy savings using PVWatts. The significant contribution of the study relates to the development of porotypes, comparative analysis of energy output and savings, and the directions deduced for further research based on the quantitative and qualitative findings. This study is part of a larger doctoral dissertation on an architectural perspective towards improving the diffusion of innovative technologies. It serves as a guide for designers, developers and related stakeholders. It is projected that the novel custom BIPV design by user participatory design approach will facilitate the evolution of BIPV designs and increase adoption in the near future.