Building-Integrated Photovoltaics


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Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional building materials in parts of the building envelope such as the roof, skylights, or facades. They are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of new buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power, although existing buildings may be retrofitted with similar technology.

The advantage of integrated photovoltaics over more common non-integrated systems is that the initial cost can be offset by reducing the amount spent on building materials and labor that would normally be used to construct the part of the building that the BIPV modules replace. These advantages make BIPV one of the fastest growing segments of the photovoltaic industry, and it is becoming more and more a non visible aspect of the glass.

Thanks to this photovoltaic transparent glass, you will allow the transparency associated with glass and the transmission of sunlight, while avoiding UV radiation and infrared radiation. You can choose between a 10%, 20% or 30% of transparency degree, depending on the luminosity required. Infinite combinations of photovoltaic glass allow you to choose your color, pattern, transparency degree, thickness and size.

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