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Developing Market Opportunities for Flexible Rooftop Applications of PV Using Flexible CIGS Technology: Market Considerations
L. Sabnani, A. Skumanich, E. Ryabova, R. Noufi
Rooftop, CIGS, Flexible Photovoltaic, Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV), BAPV
PV Systems
Subtopic: PV and Architecture
Event: 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 5BV.1.1
4064 - 4067
ISBN: 3-936338-27-2
Paper DOI: 10.4229/26thEUPVSEC2011-5BV.1.1
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There has been a recent upsurge in developments for building-integrated phototovoltaics (BiPV) roof top materials based on CIGS. Several new companies have increased their presence and are looking to bring products to market for this application in 2011. For roof-top application, there are significant key requirements beyond just having good conversion efficiency. Other attributes include lightweight, as well as moisture-proof, and fully functionally reliable. The companies bringing these new BIPV/BAPV products need to ensure functionality with a rigorous series of tests, and have an extensive set of "torture" tests to validate the capability. There is a convergence of form, aesthetics, and physics to ensure that the CIGS BiPV deliver on their promises. This article will cover the developments in this segment of the BiPV market and delve into the specific tests and measurements needed to characterize the products. The potential market sizes are evaluated and the technical considerations developed.