Here at SolarTech, we believe that solar panels are fast becoming the popular way for domestic and commercial property owners to reduce their carbon emissions, and to utilise the renewable energy right on our doorstep. Yet, while standard Building Applied Solar Panels (BAPV) are fitted onto the external facet of a property, there is now new technology which allows the photovoltaic cells to be integrated into the building’s infrastructure itself, and is accurately named Building Integrated Solar Panels (BIPV).
In contrast to those panels which are fitted to the roof, the BIPV solar panels are incorporated into the structure of the property itself; which understandably presents a few challenges.
Due to the placement of these solar panels, they perform two very different functions; they frequently replace building material and the subsequent function that performs, while also converting UV rays into electricity. They therefore fall within a very niche market, and the price frequently reflects their unique characteristics.
However, the alluring element of the BIPV solar panels is that they are visually less intrusive, and effectively blend into the structure of the house, which is very appealing to architects, builders and real estate agents. The product therefore needs to be designed with two principals in mind; it needs to perform as a solar panel and it also needs to perform as a replacement material. With this in mind, the BIPV solar panels need to adhere to two separate standard bodies (PV and construction) to ensure that it is secure and safe.
Understandably, this presents many challenges, and frequently the alternative becomes favoured as a result. If you want a stress-free solution, then the PV solar panels we supply here at SolarTech are perfect for you. To learn more about the products we stock, including our varied range of heat pump systems, visit the rest of our website or call us today on 08458 382 477.