Integrated appraisal of a Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) System

Geoffrey Hammond, Hassan Harajli, C I Jones, Adrian Winnett

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Abstract

Energy analysis, environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and economic analysis have been utilised to study the performance of a domestic building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system on a 'whole systems basis. The energy analysis determined that the system paid back its embodied energy in just 4.5 years. Environmental LCA revealed that over the lifetime of the BIPV system the impacts from production were offset by the electricity generated (the avoided impacts) to provide a net environmental benefit. The financial analysis considered the householder's perspective, in contrast to the cost-benefit analysis, which considered a societal perspective. The results of both indicated that under current market conditions the system failed to pay back its initial investment over the 25 year lifetime. However it was predicted that with sustained market growth BIPV could become economically viable by the year 2019. If realised BIPV would offer an attractive option to assist the UK's anticipated (mandatory) zero carbon homes by the year 2016.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 International Conference on Sustainable Power Generation and Supply
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherIEEE
Pages1166-1174
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781424449347
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2009
EventFirst International Conference on Sustainable Power Generation and Supply (SUPERGEN) - Nanjing, China
Duration: 6 Apr 20097 Apr 2009

Conference

ConferenceFirst International Conference on Sustainable Power Generation and Supply (SUPERGEN)
CountryChina
CityNanjing
Period6/04/097/04/09

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