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The Art and Science of Integrating Photovoltaics in the Built Environment: Case Study of The UFSC Solar Energy and Green H2 Laboratory
I. Pauli Custódio, Í. Portolan dos Santos, R. Rüther
Solar Architecture, Green Hydrogen, Building Integrated PV (BIPV), Aesthetics evaluation, Interpretations of Architecture
PV Systems Engineering, Integrated/Applied PV
Subtopic: PV and Buildings
Event: 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
Session: 4CO.9.1
1041 - 1049
ISBN: 3-936338-86-8
Paper DOI: 10.4229/WCPEC-82022-4CO.9.1
0,00 EUR
Document(s): paper, presentation


The progressive use of photovoltaic (PV) modules as construction materials is changing the shape of the built environment. Architectural integration quality can be achieved by virtue of the available technical information, but to explore the technology’s full potential, non-technical features must also be considered. Architects and engineers need to get a better insight of how the application of PV modules can be interpreted from theories of architectural perception. This work proposes a method to identify how the perception of PV systems influences architectural spatial experience, that is, how they affect people’s movement in spaces. It complements the investigations that were proposed so far, as architectural criticism should consider both constructions and spaces. The new green H2 laboratory of the Solar Energy Research Laboratory Fotovoltaica/UFSC in Florianópolis/Brazil is presented as a practical example of the theory and practice of integrating solar photovoltaics in the built environment, addressing simultaneously the onsitegeneration of electricity for the building, and the production of green H2 directly from solar electricity and water electrolysis. The work means to serve as inspiration, expanding the use of PV modules as a way of architectural expression and narrowing the gap between the design and the PV communities.