BIPV Solutions in Europe: Competitiveness Status & Roadmap Towards 2030 - White Paper

This white paper provides an overview of the level of competitiveness of various BIPV solutions in key Western European markets. The competitiveness can be assessed from various points of view including:

- material-level, by taking into account the material cost of BIPV (€/m²) and comparing it to the material cost of competing solutions such as conventional cladding systems or BAPV systems.

- system-level, by taking into account the system cost (including installation costs, other hardware costs, development costs, …) of BIPV (€/m²) and comparing it to the system cost of competing solutions such as conventional cladding systems or BAPV systems.

- electricity generation unit-level, by taking into account the cost of generating electricity with a BIPV system (€/kWh) and comparing it with the cost of generating electricity with other competing solutions, or with the cost of electricity provided by the grid.

- project-level, by taking into account the total costs and revenues of ownership of a BIPV solution.

Cost-reduction roadmap for the European BIPV sector

This report aims at highlighting all potential improvements along the BIPV value chain, among others planned in the framework of the BIPVBOOST context, as well as gathered through a thorough literature review. These improvements are described both qualitatively and quantitatively. The final target being to translate those improvements in terms of impact on the “competitiveness” metric which will constitute the main KPI and thus the comparison criteria. The impact of improvements on the end-user cost of BIPV systems and other KPIs is also evaluated. Eventually, the cost-reductions will be analysed based on their certainty, the time horizon they are planned for, and the barriers that could hinder their deployment to the whole BIPV market. This will allow to draw a cost-reduction roadmap and to compare the results with specific strategic objectives defined at the European level.

Information modelling/management for BIPV cost-reduction

This document addresses the topic of the information modeling and management to support BIPV costreduction, in accordance with the activities of WP6 “Digital and data-driven process for BIPV cost reduction along the value chain, from design to installation”. Therefore, the contents of this report provide the basics for the development of an optimal BIPV process that tries to include and manage efficiently all the BIPV stages and actors, also in relation to the traditional building process, by adopting a BIM-based approach and envisioning the implementation of novel BIM tools with new functionalities. 

Monitoring guidelines and specific measurement & validation plan for each demonstration site

This document provides a common set of monitoring guidelines and a specific measurement and validation plan for all BIPV project developments and each demo site.  To that end an individual monitoring plan for each demo site and each BIPV technology development is defined base on the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) and the previously performed pre-monitoring activities. The monitoring plan comprises of monitoring objectives, performance checking procedures, testing tasks and required equipment.

Parametrization, optimization and automation during design stage for optimizing cost-to-power ratio

This document describes a first optimization prototype designed to be added to the BIMsolar® [1] software. The goal of this optimizer is to achieve BIPV cost optimization, by performing a multi-objective optimization of both the BIPV end-user cost and the electricity cost over a period of time.  

Standardization, performance risks and identification of related gaps for performance in BIPV

From the current regulatory framework, it arises the need to identify a new “multi-disciplinary” approach in order to set reference performance levels and new test methodologies suited to assess the quality of PV in building skin. This report provides an overview on the current normative framework, including the definition of some relevant missing gaps and a roadmap to define new reference procedures for BIPV products qualification, as the basic ground for next developments in the coming years.

Competitiveness status of BIPV solutions in Europe

This report provides an extensive and detailed analysis of the cost competitiveness status of BIPV solutions in Europe, taking different approaches, which can provide all interested stakeholders a detailed vision of the current economic situation of BIPV. A wide variety of BIPV products have been included, assessed in different countries under various relevant business models. The methodology developed in this report will be used as a basis for the definition of the BIPV cost-reduction roadmap.

Update on BIPV market and stakeholder analysis

This report summarizes BIPV market trends and drivers, as well as the remaining challenges. It also provides an estimation of the "total addressable market" for BIPV in key European countries. A stakeholder analysis is then presented, based among others on the work conducted in PVSITES, consisting in an inventory of involved parties in BIPV project development and their respective roles. This analysis also allows to point out missing gaps and possible points to be optimized, in order to strengthen BIPV market development.

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