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Maximizing Yield and Aesthetics of BIPV Façades: The Fully PV-Active ZigZag Structure
S. Villa, R. Aninat, X. Xu, W. van de Wall, R.M.E. Valckenborg
PV Applications, Integration and Storage
Subtopic: PV on/in Buildings
Event: 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 6CV.4.8
ISBN: 3-936338-78-7
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Document(s): poster


High energy yield and aesthetics are two of the mostimportant aspects in building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)applications. However, theimprovement of one of these two often come at the expenses of the other.With the goal of maximizing both aspects, TNO collaborates with Wallvisiontooptimizethe development of a zigzag-structured façademade of all PV-active elements. The up-facing elementsof the ZigZag system, which stay out of sight when standing atground level,are made of standard PVmodulesand are those thatcontribute mostlyto the energy production. On the other hand,the down-facing elements, seen from the pedestrians, are made of coloredPVandprovidethe system with an aesthetically pleasing look while still contributing to the overall energy yieldof the façade.