DYSCRETE: POWER FROM CONCRETE

While BIPV has been traditionally limited to providing a PV functionality on discrete elements of the building (windows, claddings, tiles, …) researchers have been more and more progressing on depositing Thin Film PV material on flat building material substrates other than glass, such as metal. The present article relates to a highly innovative solution developed by researchers from the university of

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TESLA’S POWERWALL: MARKETING HYPE OR GAME CHANGER?

Tesla’s Powerwall was officially launched on 30 April 2015. Tesla’s website states: “Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from

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INTERVIEW WITH LAURENT QUITTRE, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF ISSOL

On an evening of April, Adel El Gammal had the privilege and pleasure to interview Laurent Quittre, President and Founder of ISSOL, a highly innovative Belgian company, renown for its emblematic BIPV realisations across Europe. Adel: Good evening Laurent, thank you for sharing with us today your analysis and views on the BIPV market. Laurent:  Good evening Adel, it is my pleasure

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BUILDING INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAICS THE TRUE VALUE OF A LONG AWAITED PROMISE

Photovoltaic has over the last years taken most analysts by surprise and has surpassed, by orders of magnitude, estimations made just few years ago in terms of cost reduction, competitiveness and market penetration. This incredible evolution was made possible by triggering market development though regulatory support, which in turn has unleashed the huge cost reduction potential of the technology under the

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Solar Cells Integrated in Buildings: Will window- and brick manufacturers also start producing solar cells?

By Jef Poortmans, Science Director PV, IMEC Today, solar cells and panels are made by PV manufacturers in dedicated production facilities. Think of Bosch, BP Solar or Kyocera. From there, the finished panels are shipped to the distributors, and eventually they are tacked to our rooftops. But constructing buildings with seamlessly integrated solar cells in all kinds of building elements,

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Energy Efficient Building Market: an opportunity for BIPV

By Renaud Vignal, ArcelorMittal – Global R&D Construction in Europe is moving towards “nearly zero energy buildings” (NZEB).  Construction players all along the full value chain need to adapt their value proposition to this modern era for building design. Solar energy harvesting will greatly contribute to meet this challenge in construction. Buildings will need to offset their reduced energy consumption by

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Support Schemes in Europe for Building Integrated Systems

Because often thought as being expensive, BIPV is still considered, at most, as a promising niche market within the PV industry. However, in the few countries proposing explicit support for BIPV, this support can be sometimes considered as quite generous, especially at a moment where support for Building Adapted PV systems is rapidly being phased out. In countries such as

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BECQUEREL INSTITUTE IS NOW HIRING!

In order to effectively follow industry and market developments, Becquerel Institute is now looking for a Business Intelligence Intern. The internship will have a duration from three to six months and the applicant should have a good understanding of energy issues as well as a strong interest in renewable energies. A CV and a short cover letter should be sent to

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