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Architectural Quality and Photovoltaic Products
A. Scognamiglio, K. Farkas, F. Frontini, L. Maturi
BIPV, Architectural Quality of PV, BIPV Products
PV Systems
Subtopic: PV and Architecture
Event: 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 5BV.1.3
4169 - 4176
ISBN: 3-936338-28-0
Paper DOI: 10.4229/27thEUPVSEC2012-5BV.1.3
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Thanks to a new energy consciousness, driven also by European energy policies and national feed in tariffs, photovoltaic surfaces are becoming part of the image of our cities and landscapes. Unfortunately, despite the increasing in the use of Photovoltaics (PV) in the recent past, its architectural quality still seems not always satisfying. In a number of cases, PV is conceived just as a technical device (like an air conditioning splitter) to produce electricity, and no space is left for any architectural concerning. This condition challenges the understanding between the community of designers and of energy experts, but there is still a big gap between the two communities. Very often it seems that the solution of the problem could be the development of “innovative” photovoltaic products designed for buildings, and, in fact, a number of European funding programmes, in the last years have been supporting the development of such new products. In this paper the authors start to investigate the relationship between the architectural quality of the buildings where PV has been applied, and the typology of the photovoltaic products that have been used. The aim is to define new research topics for the implementation of the use of PV in buildings. To go deeper into the topic, the paper refers to selected case studies from all over the world, that have been chosen by different experts in the context of International Energy Agency (IEA), in particular in the framework of the SHC-Task 41 “Solar energy and Architecture”. The preliminary result of this investigation (focusing on four case studies) will be the starting point for further analysis to be done once the whole work of the Task 41 will be finalized.