The Building-incorporated photovoltaics (BIPVs) are photovoltaic materials that are used to supplant traditional/conventional building materials used in parts of the building envelope, for example, the rooftop, bay windows, or veneers. They may represent a powerful, versatile and eco-friendly tool for achieving the goal of ever increasing power demand for zero energy and zero emission buildings of the proximate future. In this respect, BIPVs offer an aesthetical, cost-effective and practical solution, to integrate solar cells reaping solar radiation in order to produce electricity inside the climate coverings of the buildings. This work summarizes the most recent stage in the development of the BIPVs, incorporating the newest ideas and features of BIPVs, including the BIPV tiles, foils, modules and solar cell glazing products.
Prof. Dr. Bilal BİLGİN