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Glass Digital Printer Characterization for Optimization of BIPV Aesthetic vs Performance Balance
B. Riedel, P. Thony, I. Tsanakas, C. Ménézo
Optical Losses, Performance, BIPV, Aesthetics, Digital printing
PV Systems Engineering, Integrated/Applied PV
Subtopic: PV and Buildings
Event: 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
Session: 4CO.9.4
1057 - 1060
ISBN: 3-936338-86-8
Paper DOI: 10.4229/WCPEC-82022-4CO.9.4
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This paper shows experimental studies and theoretical calculations of colorimetry as well as solar efficiency of glass digital printing. The main goal is to optimize the aesthetics and performance balance of building integrated photovoltaics customized (BIPV) with printed glass. The primary inks used by the printer are characterized. Color and power production measurements of PV module that used printed glass are then compare with theory. The influence of the ink thickness is also evaluated from measured spectra. Despite an important difference between theoretical results and measurements, a ranking of best transmitters’ ink is observed. Therefore, the measured values can help to predict the power production and the final color when drawing a future BIPV design. Decreasing the ink thickness allows increasing the power production in the same time of decreasing the color saturation. The ranking of best transmitters ink permit to elaborate an optimization method for design drawing, when the control of ink thicknesses permit to match the expected color.