Solar Energy Application Group (SEAL)

SEAL undertakes applied research to enable the integration of solar energy in buildings and suburbans.

We aim to support energy transformation towards higher solar adoption in the building sector and urban environment.

Current projects undertaken by the multi-disciplinary team at SEAL cover the following areas:

Solar energy application at the building level

  • Building and construction standards & regulations
  • Building design modelling, simulation and optimisation
  • Technical feasibility and economic viability
  • Decision making and data mining

Solar energy application at the urban level

  • Smart distribution and optimisation
  • Geospatial mapping and deep learning
  • Blockchain enabled lifecycle asset management

We also represent Australia in the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) Task 15 Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), lead the subtask on “BIPV Digitalisation”, and participate in the other two subtasks on “BIPV Guidelines” and “Pre-normative international research on BIPV characterisation methods“ from 2020-2023.

Collaborative partnerships

NGO, Government agencies and research institutions:

  • Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI)
  • Bendigo City Council
  • International Building Performance Simulation Association
  • International Energy Agency PV Power System Program Task 15
  • Smart energy council
  • ShenZhen University

Private firms:

  • Aurecon
  • Energus
  • Norman Disney and Young
  • SunMan
  • Red Fire Engineers


What is the BIPV Enabler and what dies it mean for the solar industry? (Interview by Leeson Group)

BIPV Design and Performance Modelling: Tools and Methods (Published by IEA PVPS)

Prefabricated building integrated photovoltaics: cost and deployment (Published by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)

Going solar: Why we should be integrating photovoltaics into buildings  (Published by RICS Built Environment Journal, April/May 2020, Page 30)


Rebecca Yang
Phone (03) 99253289
Postal address: Room 8.8.72, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia

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