ETIP PV and SPE published report on business models for BIPV in cities

Solar Power Europe and the European PV Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP PV) launched a report highlighting the huge potential of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) technologies to support the transition towards carbon neutral European cities. »Solar Skins: An opportunity for greener cities « is promoting the use of BIPV »to speed up the decarbonisation of Europe’s building stock,« says the study. »We are convinced that there is a huge potential for solar skins in Europe,« stated Rutger Schlatmann, Director PVcomB Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and coordinator of ETIP PV IPV working group.
While rooftop solar installations (Building Applied PV, BAPV) are becoming increasingly competitive and market-ready, the rooftop only represents a minor fraction of the building’s available surface area and thus most of the building’s potential for generating renewable energy on façades remains untapped. According to the report, Building Integrated PV (BIPV) technologies »offer an opportunity to address this challenge and significantly multiply the contribution that now mostly stems from rooftop solar installations. In order to achieve sustainable goals in cities, harvesting the full potential of the building stock for renewable energy generation is required.«
This local photovoltaic infrastructure provides direct on-site renewable electricity generation and reduces the need for massive grid extensions and improves grid stability in a progressively electrified city infrastructure. »The current BIPV market is a niche market and prospects are predicted to be rather moderate.« So far, the global potential of BIPV has remained significantly untapped. Recent studies show that the cumulative potential for BIPV installations in EU27, Switzerland and Norway is 5 GW by 2030 at the current growth rate. This share remains insignificant compared to the development of regular rooftop PV, which Solar Power Europe estimates could reach 10 GW by 2022.
The report is available free of charge as PDF (32 pages) at »www.etip-pv.eu«.
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