This project aims to analyse the feasibility of applying Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) by undertaking energy simulation aligned with a parallel lifecycle cost assessment.
Partner: RMIT University (2015)
Buildings account for approximately 32% of global final energy use and 19% of energy related greenhouse gas emissions global carbon dioxide emissions. The long term potential for using renewables to make a material contribution to the global electricity supply is widely recognised and underpins a wide range of models projecting how the world’s economy can grow whilst CO2 emissions are reduced. The integration of solar cells into the building envelope (so called Building Integrated Photovoltaics, BIPV) to generate 'free' energy from sunshine offers tremendous potential for carbon reductions in buildings. BIPV product development has been ongoing for the past 30 years, but their practical applications have been limited in Australia. A reason for slow uptake is that studies conceptually fail to evaluate the value of BIPV across the whole lifecycle. This project aims to analyse the feasibility of applying BIPV by undertaking energy simulation aligned with a parallel lifecycle cost assessment. This involves measuring initial and maintenance costs, quantifying direct and social benefits, and predicting the energy payback time of BIPV systems. Economic modelling and energy simulation tools are used in this study.
Researchers: Dr Rebecca Yang, Mr Andrew Carre