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Aesthetically pleasing PV modules for the Built Environment
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Built Environment, Building Technology. (Glass)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7550-345x
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Built Environment, Building Technology. (Glass)
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Built Environment, Building Technology. (Glass)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2160-6979
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Built Environment, Energy and Circular Economy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5605-3756
2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sustainable development of the built environment is in the vicinity with circular economy, green building technology and the integration of renewable energy harvesting devices. Solar energy is an enormous resource, in 90 minutes the sun irradiates energy in an amount that is equal to our entire planet’s annual energy need. PV modules is an increasing alternative to generate electricity which has reached grid parity with fossil energy in larger installations. However, fields of PV modules require space and in the built environment the space is scarce, therefore, building applied and building integrated PV has become increasingly interesting. As PV becomes an integrated part in the built environment the aesthetics becomes important, also for it to become accepted among architects. Today, there are many alternatives to make PV modules aesthetically pleasing and many companies develop this further in collaboration with building contractors and architects. In the current report we introduce color, light and PV modules and present a survey of how to make PV modules aesthetically pleasing with a special focus on modification of its color. We present some examples of aesthetically pleasing PV modules and Nordic companies that have been working with developing this. We also list companies that supply roof- as well as façade systems. Finally, we discuss the challenges and the cost implications for aesthetically pleasing PV modules in the built environment.

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Växjö, 2019. , p. 24
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RISE Rapport ; 2019:08
Keywords [en]
Aesthetics, Architecture, Colored glass, Coating, Cost, Customer need, PV module, PV installer, interviews, paint, solar cells
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Materials Engineering Energy Systems Civil Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-37326ISBN: 978-91-88907-30-1 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-37326DiVA, id: diva2:1280866
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Competitive Industrialized Photovoltaic Roofing
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Swedish Energy Agency, 40180-1Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-01-21Bibliographically approved

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Sehati, ParisaKarlsson, StefanKovacs, Peter

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