Barriers for façade integration of solar technologies

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment

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Title Barriers for façade integration of solar technologies
Creator Prieto Hoces, Alejandro Ignacio
Knaack, Ulrich
Auer, Thomas
Klein, Tillmann
Description Solar energy has been actively promoted as a clean energy source for a long time; however, solar technologies have not been widely used in the built environment, mostly limiting their operation to industrial and macroscale applications. Along with commercially available products such as building integrated PV panels (BIPV) or building integrated solar thermal collectors (BIST); novel solar cooling integrated facades are seen as interesting alternatives for the development of new active façade components for high-performing commercial buildings. Nevertheless, there are barriers to overcome to push for widespread application of architecturally integrated solar façades.
This chapter identifies perceived barriers for widespread façade integration of solar technologies, to explore the current scenario and generate guidelines for future developments. To achieve this, the chapter discusses the results of the second part of the survey presented in the previous chapter, which addresses the perceived potential and specific issues for the integration of solar technologies. General results point to economic aspects as the main barrier to overcome, followed by particular issues related to current limitations of components and architectural products. In this aspect, most mentions point to performance, aesthetics and technical complexity of current systems as issues to improve in order to promote the development of solar integrated architectural products.
Publisher TU Delft Open
Date 2018-12-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment; No 29 (2018): COOLFACADE; 127-142
A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment; No 29 (2018): COOLFACADE; 127-142
Language eng

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