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A Review of the Energy Performance and Life-Cycle Assessment of Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems

Renewable Energy Research Group (RERG), Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
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Energies 2018, 11(11), 3157; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11113157
Received: 7 October 2018 / Revised: 27 October 2018 / Accepted: 9 November 2018 / Published: 14 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10 Years Energies - Horizon 2028)
Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology provides an aesthetical, economic, and technical solution for electricity self-sufficiency in buildings. As one of the most promising technologies for solar energy harvesting in urban areas, BIPV technology provides multiple benefits for buildings, including power generation from renewable energy resources, the replacement of traditional wall cladding, daytime lighting, heating/cooling load reduction, etc. This paper systematically reviews the progress of recent research on the electrical, thermal, optical, and overall energy performances of BIPV systems. Furthermore, based on the literature review on the energy payback time and the greenhouse-gas emission of various BIPV technologies, the research progress of the life-cycle assessment of BIPV systems is also discussed. It is anticipated that the review results can provide meaningful reference and support for the research and development of BIPV technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology; optical performance; thermal performance; electrical performance; overall energy performance; energy payback time (EPBT); greenhouse-gas emission (GHGE) building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology; optical performance; thermal performance; electrical performance; overall energy performance; energy payback time (EPBT); greenhouse-gas emission (GHGE)
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Zhang, T.; Wang, M.; Yang, H. A Review of the Energy Performance and Life-Cycle Assessment of Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems. Energies 2018, 11, 3157.

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