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ETIP PV publications

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.


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GRID INTEGRATION WHITE PAPER OF THE EU PV TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM: PHOTOVOLTAICS MERGING WITH THE ACTIVE INTEGRATED GRID


With this paper we set to clarify the terms of this discussion: how is penetration of PV into power grids evaluated? What are the current levels? Which barriers may prevent increasing these levels? Which concepts have been put forward to open these barriers? Which benefits can PV systems provide for existing and new grids?


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