Solar stations are gaining a new trend in architecture – they are becoming part of the design of facade structures. Modules of such stations, in addition to generating energy, completely replace part of the external coating of the building. They provide protection from weather conditions and external noise at the same time as a normal wall. This type of solar station is called BIPV (Building-integrated photovoltaics).

What is BIPV (Building-integrated photovoltaics)? 

BIPVs are solar power plants whose modules consist of clear or translucent photovoltaic glass. Photovoltaic modules, as facade elements of the building, are integrated into the architecture and provide electricity to its vital functions without violating the design. Such stations can even act as an overhang. BIPV modules have different quality standards and longer service life than conventional stations. To calculate the contribution of investment to such a facade solution, you need to understand its economic feasibility: take into account the cost of equipment and work on the installation of BIPV-station, the amount of future energy generated and savings on roofing materials.

What are the architectural PV solutions for developers?

 Architects are already incorporating modern photovoltaic modules into their designs as a building material for cladding and as an external device for energy generation. PV solutions can partially or completely replace the facade system of the building, be both transparent and opaque, combined with conventional glazing.

Architects use such solar stations as a roof as an outer layer or as a partial insulation from climatic influences, installing panels even in tiled roofs. Flexible thin modules are suitable for roofs of any shape.

Another area of BIPV architecture is the use  of translucent and non-transparent modules on balconies and terraces, above car parks and gas stations, as industrial canopies for production and storage areas. Architectural PV solutions for developers successfully complement the artistic design of any project. 

Advantages of the solar power plants facades 

Facade BIPV solutions I the first place  generate environmentally friendly energy and allow it to be consumed for own needs or for sale at a “green” tariff. 

Secondly, there is an additional influx of light into the room due to the partial transparency of the panels, and inside the house is maintained thermoregulation.

Thirdly, with the correct calculation of the project you can save money on building materials.

How to ensure energy independence of residential and commercial buildings 

Thanks to BIPV technologies and the development of renewable energy consumption, any architectural design can provide energy independence to residential and commercial buildings. Developers and building owners are concerned about the constant rise in gas and electricity prices. An energy-efficient home can meet its energy consumption needs and earn money by selling surplus electricity at a “green” rate. 

And although we recommend planning the installation of solar cells at the design stage of the house, Unisolar experts implement hinged systems with the latest modules for any request.

 If you are interested in this PV solution – contact us and we will develop an individual commercial offer for you in this area!

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