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 Kassel in Germany, consisting of providing concrete with PV generation capabilities.
While efficiencies are projected to remain well below the levels of current crystalline cells, the concept is of particular interest as it could – provided it is economically attractive – possibly apply to almost all non transparent building surfaces.
The possibility of combining DYSC cells with construction materials such as concrete has been up to now overlooked. The main challenge is now to optimize the cell’s long-term stability.
With projections of particularly low production costs, such a product, that is not yet in industrial phase, could potentially offer a new range of innovative BIPV applications.