Building-integrated photovoltaic/thermal (BIPVT) systems:Applications and challenges


A key medium for energy generation globally is the solar energy. The present work evaluates the challenges of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPVT) required for various applications from techno-economic and environmental points of view. Many challenges are found for applying solar photovoltaics (PVs) modules combined with building systems: supplying hot and cold water and ventilation for the residential and non-residential building. Moreover, efforts and advances achieved in enhancing the BIPVT thermal and electrical performance are explored. Additionally, the review provides further insight into recognizing the fundamental science of the BIPVT systems, explaining its rapid developments and the thermal performance mechanisms. The BIPVT systems designed for rooftops, windows, and facades are specifically highlighted in the present review. Furthermore, the status of PV modules and BIPVT system, benefits, applications, barriers and challenges, and future prospects are discussed. The BIPVT systems require governmental support and a more economically convenient and efficient tariff to maintain the economic feasibility of the system. The key factors impeding the commercialization of BIPVT systems are the implementation of the feed-in tariff, customers’ perception, national economic support, technical aspects such as the performance, system management, and architectural and material considerations. Finally, this review indicates that further works concerned the BIPVT systems to enhance the technology and advancements are still required.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: © 2021, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: Barrier,BIPVT application,Building-integrated photovoltaic/thermal (BIPVT),Challenges,Solar energy,Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment,Energy Engineering and Power Technology
Publication ISSN: 2213-1388
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 07:16
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2021 12:39
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-06
Published Online Date: 2021-03-26
Accepted Date: 2021-03-02
Authors: Maghrabie, Hussein M.
Elsaid, Khaled
Sayed, Enas Taha
Abdelkareem, Mohammad Ali
Wilberforce, Tabbi (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1250-1745)
Olabi, A. G.

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