Solar Systems Are Being Built Right In

The latest advance in solar energy involve Building-integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) technologies, where PV solar capabilities are literally built right in to offices, homes – even infrastructure.

According to a report from market research firm ReportLinker, the market for BIPV technologies is expected to reach $4.3 billion by 2021. This is a growth of $1.9 billion from the initial market of $ 2.4 billion in 2016.

Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are defined as photovoltaic materials that replace conventional building materials in components of the building envelope, such as the roof, skylights or facades.

They serve as a class of solar products in which the PV component both converts light to electricity and also replace a building component.

Major building envelope components include: cladding (i.e., the “weather skin”), skylights, roof tiles, curtain walls, windows, asphalt roofing, and louvers, among others.

Progress is being made in the proliferation and integration of photovoltaics (PVs) into building external components.

Imagine a future city where everything touched by the sun could turn sunlight into electricity.

This future city is coming soon, because not will building materials being made with BIPV technology, so, too will such things as roadways, sidewalks and coatings (paint). That’s right, even paint will incorporate BIPV technology.

Scientists expect that a significant portion of that city’s energy needs will be provided in this manner. Imagine that.

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