Building Integrated Solar – Pathways to Ubiquitous Power Generation

C. Hoepfner
Fraunhofer CSE,
United States

Keywords: solar energy, integrated solar

Summary:

Since the advent of solar power generation, the integration of solar into building enclosures has been seen as a pathway to make solar ubiquitous in the built environment, and to contribute to net-zero energy goals. Many building integrated PV products have been developed, but few have been met with commercial success. Among the reasons are the specialized requirements for buildings, and the high cost of installation. However, the significant cost reduction of solar cells and films during the last years brings building integrated solar closer to mainstream building integration. Advanced materials for absorber materials, encapsulants, front- and backsheets, as well as adhesives will play a key role in enabling this transition.