BIPVBOOST

EU H2020 BIPVBOOST - Bringing down costs of BIPV multifunctional solutions and processes along the value chain, enabling widespread nZEBs implementation

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  • Project duration: August 2018 - September 2022
  • Project status:
    Approval by the Scientific Committee
  • Funding:
    Societal Challenge (Horizon 2020 /EU funding /Project)
  • Total project budget: €11,443,289.00
  • Website: https://bipvboost.eu/

Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the achievement of the demanding energy efficiency targets set by the EU, however, its market uptake has been hindered in the past years by the difficulties of the industry in providing holistic solutions complying with key demands from decision makers and end-users. In this sense, it is a common perception that a joint industrial effort is needed to conceive and develop highly-efficient and multifunctional energy producing construction materials, in order to provide market opportunities at a world-wide level for the European photovoltaic and construction industry value chains. This market deployment depends critically on the achievement of ambitious targets in terms of significant cost reduction, flexibility of design, high performance, reliability in the long-term, aesthetics, standardization and compliance with legal regulations. Within this context, the main objective of
BIPVBOOST project is to bring down the cost of multifunctional building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems, limiting the overcost with respect to traditional, non-PV, construction solutions and non-integrated PV modules, through an effective implementation of short and medium-term cost reduction roadmaps addressing the whole BIPV value chain and demonstration of the contribution of the technology towards mass realization of nearly Zero Energy Buildings. In order to address these global objectives and maximize the impacts, the project will optimally combine and demonstrate in real operation conditions: (i) a completely flexible and automated BIPV manufacturing and control line, (ii) a large portfolio of multifunctional BIPV products optimally integrated in the building envelope, (iii) process and energy management innovation based on digitalization and (iv) advanced standardization activities supporting the qualification of BIPV systems for a massive implementation in the building skin.

Decarbonization of the energy system is key to guarantee the long-term sustainability of the European society. The building sector, including residential and non-residential buildings, provides the second largest untapped potential for energy savings after the energy sector itself, accounting for 40% of EU’s final energy demand and, therefore, numerous strategies and initiatives have been promoted by the European Union in the past decades to improve the energy performance of buildings, with increasing scope and ambition.

Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the achievement of the demanding energy efficiency targets set by the EU. However, its market uptake has been hindered in the past years by the difficulties of the industry in providing holistic solutions complying with key demands from decision makers and end-users. In this sense, it is a common perception that a joint industrial effort is needed to conceive and develop highly-efficient and multifunctional energy producing construction materials, to provide market opportunities at a world-wide level for the European photovoltaic and construction industry value chains. This market deployment depends critically on the achievement of ambitious targets in terms of significant cost reduction, flexibility of design, high performance, reliability in the long-term, aesthetics, standardization and compliance with legal regulations. Within this context, the main objective of BIPVBOOST project is to bring down the cost of multifunctional building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems, limiting the additional cost with respect to traditional, non-PV, construction solutions and non-integrated PV modules, through an effective implementation of short and medium-term cost reduction roadmaps addressing the whole BIPV value chain and demonstration of the contribution of the technology towards mass realization of nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs).

The project goal is to demonstrate the key cost reductions required to implement BIPV technology in the real market, moving from a luxury and costly BIPV products towards a mass-market and cost-effective approach with a clear focus on the ordinary built stock, that will require a deep energy renovation in the next decades.

In order to maximize its impacts, the project combines and demonstrate in real operation conditions: (i) a completely flexible and automated BIPV manufacturing and quality control line, (ii) a large portfolio of multifunctional BIPV products specifically designed for the building skin, (iii) process and energy management innovation based on digitalization, (iv) advanced standardization activities supporting the qualification of BIPV systems for a massive and reliable implementation in the building skin. A detailed roadmap towards cost reduction, significant contribution towards nZEBs objectives and associated key performance indicators (KPIs) are presented for each development addressed within the project.

The consortium involves key European industrial and research partners, covering the BIPV value chain, from the early design stages to the installation and post-installation phases and includes architects (Viridén and Partner), BIPV design software developers (EnerBIM), BIPV manufacturing equipment companies (Mondragon Assembly), BIPV manufacturers (Onyx Solar, Flisom), roof and façade systems developers and manufacturers (Tulipps, PIZ, Schweizer), certification bodies (CSTB, Tecnalia, SUPSI), construction contractors (COMSA), building owners (ISFOC, Optimal Computing, Mondragon Assembly, PIZ), experts in energy management (3E, Tecnalia, Optimal), eco-design and environmental footprint (Cycleco), business models and roadmaps (Icares Consulting - Becquerel Institute), communication (WIP), and RTD agents providing support in technical activities all along the value chain and with a very active role in BIPV standardization at an international level (Tecnalia, SUPSI, Eurac, CSTB).

Several project activities are solidly grounded on the results of the main BIPV projects funded by the European Commission in the last years: PVSITES, Smartflex, ConstructPV, Advanced BIPV, EnergyMatching and Solar Bankability among others, with the key partners being part of the consortium. An important effort has already been made to identify these synergies and the relevant partners as a well-defined strategy to optimize the EU Commission and the partners’ resources and maximize the project impacts. The results and synergies generated by the project will be of direct application for other PV, BIPV and construction products manufacturers in Europe. Therefore, a sound progress of Europe manufacturing industry towards the forefront of BIPV technology and installed capacity is expected as an outcome of the project.

The following specific objectives and key performance indicators have been established:

Obj. 1: definition of roadmaps for cost reduction and contribution to EU energy targets

Obj. 2: implementation of cost reduction roadmap at manufacturing level

Obj. 3: implementation of cost reduction roadmap at module level

Obj. 4: cost reduction in the building skin solution

Obj. 5: cost reduction in logistics

Obj. 6: support to cost reduction roadmaps based on performance levels and advanced standardization schemes

Obj. 7: digitalized process to support cost reduction along the value chain

Obj. 8: demonstration of viability, reliability and replicability of project results

Obj. 9: environmental objectives

Obj. 10: dissemination objectives to support market deployment

BIPVBOOST project is conceived as a multidisciplinary action from the whole BIPV value chain in order to pull the technology towards market uptake in the following years, by demonstrating multifunctional and cost-effective BIPV solutions for the built environment complying with all the necessary market requirements. These key market demands are precisely identified and affect every phase of the supply chain, being mainly: flexibility in design and aesthetics considerations, demonstration of the long-term reliability of the technology and compliance with legal regulations. The project addresses the fulfilment of the above-mentioned challenges through the following development routes.

-     Cost reduction based on a fast and automated BIPV production and control line with increased flexibility and real-time traceability of production

o  Highly flexible and automated c-Si BIPV production line

o  Fully automatic tabber/welding machine for back-contact solar cells:

o  Aesthetically advanced solutions based on coloured and patterned BIPV modules competing at same cost ranges than architectural glass

o  Balustrades based in bifacial solar cells and large thickness formats:

o  Implementation of cost reduction strategies in the building skin solution

o  Enhanced and cost effective frameless glass façade systems for BIPV

o  Enhanced and cost effective lightweight roof and façade systems for BIPV based on CIGS on metal

-     Implementation of cost reduction strategies at logistics level

-     Advanced standardization and performance assessment activities to support the qualification of BIPV systems towards large market deployment

-     Digital and data-driven process for BIPV cost reduction along the value chain

-     Demonstration of the effective incorporation of project results onto real buildings and outdoor facilities

Partner
Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana
CYCLECO
WIP GmbH & Co Planungs-KG
Tecnalia - Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Gipuzkoa
EnerBIM
VIRIDEN + PARTNER AG
Flisom AG
Scientific and Technical Center for Building
iCARes Consulting
Mondragon Assembly Sociedad Cooperativa
Optimal Computing
Ernst Schweizer AG
Institute for Concentration Photovoltaics Systems
Onyx Solar Energy S.L.
TULiPPS Solar System Solution
3E
PIZ SRL
COMSA CORPORACIÓN DE INFRAESTRUCTURAS SL

Contact

David Moser

Project managerT 726 550 1740 93+ude.carue@resom.divad

Roberto Lollini

Vice project managerT 056 550 1740 93+ude.carue@inillol.otrebor

Cristiana Losso

Project assistantT 806 550 1740 93+ude.carue@ossol.anaitsirc

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