Germany needs a multiple of installed photovoltaic capacity in order to have a climate-neutral building stock by 2050. Building-integrated PV (BIPV) will play a key role in this, as it does on facades. Building-integrated photovoltaics enable facades to be used in an energetically sensible way. A great advantage is when already existing surfaces or surfaces that are to be built anyway can be used several times. Although there are more and more design-appealing examples in practice, there are still reservations and ambiguities.
Published: August 12, 2021
At the Competence Center Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB), part of the Helmholtz Center in Berlin, thin-film photovoltaic technologies and products are developed together with industry. Technology and knowledge transfer takes place in research projects with industrial partners and through the training of highly qualified specialists.
Dr. Björn Rau heads the Advisory Office for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BAIP) at PVcomB, where he is deputy institute director & head of technology.