European Technology & Innovation Platform PhotoVoltaics

Integrated PV

The working group Integrated Photovoltaics focuses on technological and business opportunities and challenges for large-scale applications of photovoltaics, specifically allowing for multiple functionality of PV covered area. For example, the working group will focus on integration of PV in buildings (BIPV), infrastructures (IIPV), vehicles (VIPV), agriculture (Agro-PV). In addition to the overall PV goal of lowering Levelized Cost of Electricity, Integrated Photovoltaics applications can bring the extra value of decentralized, point-of-use electricity generation and simultaneously fulfill, e.g., a roofing, facade or sound barrier function.

With its activities, the Working Group IPV pushes the agreed target number 4 of the SET-Plan - Declaration on Strategic Targets in the context of an Initiative for Global Leadership in Photovoltaics (PV), ´enabling mass realisation of "(near) Zero Energy Buildings" by Building-Integrated PV (BIPV) through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry.´

WG Members:

Rolf Brendel, ISFH
Michaël Demeyere, AGC Glass Europe
Kaining Ding, FZ Jülich
Wiep Folkerts, TNO
Franz Karg, AVANCIS
Silke Krawietz, SETA Network
Bianca Lim, ISFH
Philippe Macé, Becquerel Institute
David Moser, EURAC
Riccardo Po, Eni
Uwe Rau, FZ Jülich
Björn Rau, HZB
Eduardo Román, Tecnalia
Alessandra Scognamiglio, ENEA
Alessandro Virtuani, SUPSI


Rutger Schlatmann, (HZB) PVcomB



Jef Poortmans, IMEC

Working Group publications:

Workshop summary

Innovation in Solar Building Skins & Energy Efficiency towards Sustainable Cities (September 2018)


Workshop summary

Building Integrated Photovoltaics: where Energy Efficiency meets Building Aesthetics (August 2018)


Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) as a core element for Smart Cities – Integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategies within the Energy Union

For the development of a thriving BIPV-sector it will be crucial to see the PV-module as a building component technology than rather than a pure PV-module, delivering electricity. In order to exploit the huge economic potential of BIPV and its required close link with local building markets, it will be necessary to (re)organize the value chain, e.g. by enabling flexible ´production on demand´ by the BIPV element producer, in the amount, size, colour etc specified in a specific building project). This position paper outlines Strategies for integrated research, innovation and competitiveness within the Energy Union in the field of Energy Efficiency in buildings & cities and BIPV.



PV integration offers many opportunities for visual enhancement. By combining aesthetics and additional func-tions, Building-Integrated PV (BIPV) is unique and differentiates itself from Building-Added PV (BAPV), where the PV module is added after the whole building is finished.