A variety of opportunities for building owners and architects
Emmanuel Rey, a professor at the ETH in Lausanne, opines that this technology is only implemented at an insufficient level in Switzerland. If the façades worked upon as part of renovation projects were upgraded with BIPV, this could represent an important step in the implementation of the Energy Strategy 2050. With this new technology for the integration of photovoltaic systems in buildings, building owners and architects now have a broad range of options for combining architectural quality with the necessity for sustainable energy generation.
In contrast to solar systems on roofs, calculations with respect to the use of BIPV are more complicated. The researchers therefore propose already initiating the integration of BIPV in an early project phase. In parallel to this, they also recommend making 3D city maps available to the architects and planners. Within this model, both solar radiation and the vegetation in the surrounding area, among other things, would be taken into account. Such parameters would make it possible to better identify the strategically optimal locations for photovoltaic systems.