ETIP Photovoltaics

Sept. 18, 2017

Press release - Innovation in Solar Building Skins & Energy Efficiency towards Sustainable Cities, Brussels - 18 September 2017

Innovation in Solar Building Skins & Energy Efficiency towards 
Sustainable Cities 
•  Building-Integrated Photovoltaics: Where Energy Efficiency meets 
Building Aesthetics 
•  The first BIPV-workshop was organized in Brussels 
The BIPV-workshop organized in Brussels on September 7, 2017 is the first of a series of 
European workshops and conferences in the field of Energy Efficiency in buildings and 
cities with a focus on Innovation in Solar Building Skins, also known as building-integrated 
photovoltaics (BIPV). This European Technology & Innovation Platform (ETIP) BIPV 
initiative is as wel  related to areas such as smart grid, storage of renewable energies in 
buildings/cities, e-mobility and Internet of Things (IoT). 
The basic idea behind the national workshops is to gather the stakeholders in the value 
chain in the respective countries to understand the needs and opportunities of BIPV and 
to mobilize the actors to support the developments needed to grasp these 
The key issue of the events is to encourage the collaboration among the various 
stakeholders of the building sector, including architects, the building industry, 
developers, engineers, etc., and the PV/BIPV sector, together with designers and 
The numerous attendance of the BIPV event - based on the initial project by Silke 
Krawietz (CEO, SETA Network, ETIP PV Executive Committee Member and BIPV Working 
Group leader) - co-organized by EnergyVil e, Flux50, the Becquerel Institute, ETIP PV and 
SETA Network confirmed the growing interest of the stakeholders to the opportunities of 
During the institutional session, after the introduction and the detailed overview of the 
event by Jef Poortmans, national organiser of the event (imec/EnergyVil e, ETIP PV 
Executive Committee member and BIPV Working Group co-leader), followed the 
presentation of the national SET Plan representative Lut Bollen (Department of Economy, 
Science & Innovation, Flemish Government) to illustrate the importance of BIPV in the 
SET-plan and the EU-directives.  The representative of the European Commission Fabio 
Belloni (Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation) lined out the 
importance of the BIPV sector and the connection with the SET Plan Declaration of 
Intent PV,  

as well as the relation to the Implementation Plan of the SET Plan, which has been 
carried out by the Temporary Working Group (TWG) PV. 
Silke Krawietz underlined the importance of such initiatives based on the participation of 
various leading European national research institutes, which are Steering Committee 
members of the ETIP PV and supported by national industries and stakeholder 
This was followed by a series of high-quality presentations by leading architects, 
engineers and testimonials of companies of the BIPV value chain. The presentation of 
the first outline of an BIPV roadmap by EnergyVille was one of the highlights of the 
conference. The break-out sessions on the various aspects of BIPV (materials, 
electronics, installation, value chain build-up and legal barriers), important for the 
national industry and research institutes, allowed to more precisely define the 
challenges and barriers and to fine-tune the interests of the stakeholders at the Belgian 
Gaëtan Masson, Vice-Chairman ETIP PV and Managing Director Becquerel Institute: 
“Europe is well positioned to take advantage of the tremendous untapped potential of 
the nascent BIPV sector. However, it requires a string of smart policies and incentives at 
European, national and local level, an increased awareness of architects, builders and 
policymakers to deploy al  its possibilities. It has the potential to revamp the building 
industry and grant to the European industry a strategic leadership that shouldn’t be 
Jef Poortmans commented at the end: ”The broad attendance, the lively discussions in 
the break-out sessions and the explicit statement of several contributors that one can 
now final y observe a growing sense-of-urgency in BIPV prove this was the right time to 
start this series of events.” 
Focus on the event 
Central to these workshops is a market pul  approach to answer the fol owing key 
questions: What innovation, be it aesthetical, technological, legislative or otherwise, is 
required by the building industry stakeholders to enable massive-scale deployment of 
BIPV by what could be described as “scalable customization”? What is required to 
stimulate innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration among the building and PV 
Within the context of energy efficiency in buildings and cities for new and existing 
building stock, the development of innovative design concepts, flexible manufacturing 
essential for the future development of the BIPV market and the development of related 
national value chains. The various national workshops aim at identifying the specific 
needs and opportunities of the respective national market structures in connection with 
the requirements for NZEBs and Positive Energy Buildings. 

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