Building skin as energy supply: Prototype development of a wooden prefabricated BiPV wall

Maturi, Laura (2013) Building skin as energy supply: Prototype development of a wooden prefabricated BiPV wall. PhD thesis, University of Trento.

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In the perspective of “nearly zero energy buildings” as foreseen in the EPBD 2010/31/EU, herein a prototype of a wooden prefabricated BiPV wall is conceived, designed, built and tested. The prototype key concepts, identified according to the recommendations of the IEA Task 41 research project, are: multi-functionality, prefabrication, sustainability and integration. The prototype design is the result of a theoretical study which takes into account both architectural integration aspects and energy performance issues. The latter in particular, is based on the evaluation and improvement of both PV and building-related aspects, through the investigation and implementation of low-cost passive strategies to improve the overall BiPV performance. A modular specimen of the prototype was built thanks to an industrial collaboration and tested through an experimental approach, based on the combination of several phases performed in two test facilities (i.e. INTENT lab and SoLaRE-PV lab) by means of original experimental set-up. The effectiveness of the proposed BiPV prototype configuration is proven by comparing the results of the experiments with monitored data of two BiPV systems (a roof and a façade system) located in South Tyrol (North of Italy). The experimental results are then generalized, providing significant data and experimental expressions for a deeper understanding of BiPV systems energy performance.

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis (PhD)
Doctoral School:Environmental Engineering
PhD Cycle:XXV
Subjects:Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/12 TECNOLOGIA DELL'ARCHITETTURA
Area 09 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione > ING-IND/11 FISICA TECNICA AMBIENTALE
Area 09 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione > ING-IND/09 SISTEMI PER L'ENERGIA E L'AMBIENTE
Uncontrolled Keywords:BiPV, building integrated photovoltaic, solar architecture, solar facade, PV wall, PV performance, PV temperature, building energy efficiency
Additional Information:This PhD thesis was carried out in collaboration with the Institute for Renewable Energy of the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano and part of the research activity was performed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. During the thesis development, the author of this thesis was involved in the international project IEA Task 41 "Solar Energy and Architecture".
Funders:European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano. Institute for Renewable Energy
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