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Dutch Solar Design BIPV: Optimizing Power Output and Aesthetic Performance in Architectural Design
L.H. Slooff, J.A.M. van Roosmalen, L.A.G. Okel, T. Minderhoud, G. Gijzen, L.C. Polinder, F. Goethals, T. Sepers
Module, BIPV, Design, Color, Facade
PV Systems - Performance, Applications and Integration
Subtopic: Building, Infrastructure, Landscape and Other Applications of PV
Event: 35th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 6AO.8.4
1483 - 1487
ISBN: 3-936338-50-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/35thEUPVSEC20182018-6AO.8.4
0,00 EUR
Document(s): paper, presentation


The energy transition and more precisely, the contribution of photovoltaics (PV) in that transition, asks for better integration of PV in buildings, infrastructure and landscapes. To realize this, a variation in shape, size and color of PV products is needed. In this paper a technology will be shown that allows variation of all these features. The effect of design variables on the performance is presented as well as stability studies with respect to power output and color. The results show that the performance and visual appearance can be optimized, resulting in a good visual appearance without compromising the power output too much. The outdoor tests show no degradation in color or power output. When subjected to concentrated sunlight, the primary ink colors show limited change, hardly perceivable in a full color print after 25 years. It shows that this technology is able to add the desired variations in shape, size and color to PV modules.