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Building-Integrated PV (BIPV)

Integrated solar roof tiles cheaper to install than regular roof, says Musk

November 23, 2016
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Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has suggested his newly launched integrated solar roof tiles could actually cost less to install than a regular roof – making the renewable electricity they produce “just a bonus”. Musk made the claim last Thursday, just minutes – according to Bloomberg – after Tesla and SolarCity shareholders voted in […]

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‘Solar Insert’ by Nu-Lok Roofing replaces slate tiles

December 9, 2014

Nu-Lok Roofing is an Australian company that specialises in the installation of natural slate and ceramic tiles using the patented Nu-Lok Roofing system. Notable for the solar PV industry, however, is the exclusive NuLok Solar Insert product, which integrates into the roof tiles rather than conventional solar panels that sit above the roof. This means […]

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Spain’s Onyx Solar now offering high-end BIPV solutions on the Australian market

June 9, 2014
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Spain-based building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product manufacturer and project developer Onyx Solar has recently begun distributing its products in the Australian market. The company, whose offerings range from BIPV glass to self-lighting, non-slip floors and turn-key solutions such as transparent PV skylights and awnings, will provide its products for both new-build and retrofitted projects in the […]

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Speed of BIPV’s growth will depend on technological advances, types of materials: NanoMarkets

June 2, 2014
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In the growing market for zero net energy buildings, Building integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) products are increasingly sought by designers and clients to provide energy production whilst fulfilling a required function. Whilst both function and appearance are essential for a positive result, striking the balance between the two (not to mention the 3rd factor of cost) […]

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BIPV glass likely to see dramatic growth between now and 2019

March 27, 2014
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A report by market analysts NanoMarkets predicts that the market for building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) glass will surge in the coming 5 years—growing from $823 million in 2014 to 2.7 billion in 2019. NanoMarkets’ report takes a detailed look at the BIPV glass market out to 2021, with breakdowns that separately examine different countries, regions and […]

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Turn your building into a mini power plant with Building-integrated Photo Voltaic (BIPV) solutions, now available through Solar Choice

December 13, 2012
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Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology, which involves substituting standard building materials to allow the PV to form an integrated part of the building façade, is set to be the next major growth area in the Australian solar PV industry, says building designer and Solar Choice consultant Nik Scott. While BIPV products have not historically had the same levels […]

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SolarEdge: Module-level DC-DC optimisers for solar PV systems

December 12, 2012
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One of the trickiest parts of maximising efficiency in a solar installation is dealing with variations in power output among panels and strings of panels in the same system. SolarEdge is a company that has developed a unique solution to the problem of irregularity in solar panel array output. It uses a solar system architecture that utilises per-module maximum […]

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UNSW designs Solar BIPV roofing materials that regulate building temperature

March 30, 2012
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The University of New South Wales’ School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering is in the process of developing building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing materials which can also assist in regulating building temperature. The research initiative will be undertaken under the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) on Low-Carbon Living grant program, which will provide $28 million dollars […]

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University of Wollongong BIPV System

March 5, 2012
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The University of Wollongong has installed a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system on the roof of its McKinnon Pavillion. The installation is part of the University’s ‘McKinnon Precinct Landscape Masterplan’, which also includes rain-gardens and a 500,000L in-ground rainwater tank. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related […]

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Dyesol Solar: Dye-and-nanotech Solar Photovoltaics

December 7, 2011
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Dyesol is positioning itself to revolutionise the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry by making available an innovative but still largely uncommercialised PV technology: the Dye Solar Cell (DSC). DSC is a 3rd generation solar PV technology that uses a ‘sandwich’ of materials to mimic the photosynthetic process of plants in order to create electricity from sunlight. […]

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Solarwatt Easy-In BIPV roof systems

November 30, 2011
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Solarwatt is a solar photovoltaic (solar PV) module maker based in Dresden, Germany. In addition to standard solar modules, the company also provides off-grid solar and building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsWINAICO solar panels in Australia (3 Mar, 2017) 3kW […]

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Solar PV Windows: BIPV Technology by Pythagoras Solar

July 15, 2011
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As it currently stands with most buildings, the sun’s light is often a burden, especially in summer, when it heats up exteriors and necessitates energy to be spent on cooling.  Pythagoras Solar is a company that has created an innovative building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) technology that could revolutionise the way that buildings generate and use energy. This […]

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Solar 2: New York City’s solar-powered education centre

April 26, 2011
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New York city will soon have its first-ever net-zero energy, carbon-neutral building, to replace its current environmental education centre, Solar 1. The new building is to be rather cleverly named Solar 2. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsBlockchain network disruption soon to arrive – […]

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MIT produces glass-like solar photovoltaic cells

April 20, 2011
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A potentially major breakthrough for the future of solar photovoltaic power has been achieved at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): organic solar cells that are transparent for visible light, but which collect infrared radiation for electrical power production. This promising technology could offer savings on construction costs as well as operational costs (i.e. less […]

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Flexible Thin-film Solar photovoltaics

April 13, 2011

In a previous Solar Choice blog entry, Prateek Chourdia wrote about some emerging trends in the future of photovoltaic solar technology, including thin-film solar power. This entry will summarise some of the salient points regarding thin-film technologies, otherwise known as flexible photovoltaics, and discuss their possible future direction. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet […]

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How to install a solar panel mounting system on your roof

April 12, 2011
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For most people who decide to mount solar panels on their roof, a mounting system is necessary. This short entry explains the basics of what needs to be taken into consideration when putting a solar array on your roof. –Read about Solar Panel Tilt and Orientation in Australia– (Get a free comparison of solar quotes of the […]

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Solar-powered carports

April 7, 2011
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The number of small, simple ways to put solar power to use in daily life seems virtually endless, and opportunities present themselves at every corner. Solar carports are one innovative way to turn an ordinarily passive, mundane, everyday item into an electricity generation system that works for you. It’s the sort of thing that, when […]

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BIPV: Building-integrated Photovoltaics, the future of PV

April 1, 2011
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Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) is exactly what the name indicates: solar power generation modules that are integrated directly into a building in the place of ordinary building materials. BIPV differs in a number of ways from the PV arrays that most of us are familiar with: the roof-mounted or rack-mounted PV arrays that are retrofitted onto […]

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Asbestos in my roof! Can I install solar panels?

February 24, 2011
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You are now mentally and financially prepared and willing to go ahead with a solar panel (photovoltaic) installation on the roof of your home. The only problem is, after having your potential installer come out and have a look at it, you’ve found out that your roof has got asbestos in it and your installer […]

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