The search for building-integrated PV materials with good aesthetic potential: a survey

Hardy, D.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-6028-7555, Kerrouche, A., Roaf, S.C. and Richards, B.S., 2011. The search for building-integrated PV materials with good aesthetic potential: a survey. In: M.G. Hutchins and N. Pearsall, eds., Proceedings of the 7th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference (PVSAT-7), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 6-8 April 2011. Oxford: Oxford Brookes University, pp. 205-208. ISBN 9780904963779


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Building-integrated photovoltaics (PV) is currently dominated by blue and black rectilinear forms. Greater variety of colour and form could lead to much better uptake of PV in the built environment, also increasing the potential for PV to be used as an artistic material. Listing the available PV technologies by colour gives a clearer picture of the current situation. An assessment of photostability, efficiency and price, for each material, indicates the materials that have the potential to fill the gaps in the colour spectrum. Use of combinations of materials that can be fabricated in different ways from the current, standardised, PV modules will further increase the possibilities for use in building integration, Extending the lifetimes of organic PV, dye-sensitised PV or luminescent solar concentrators will increase the possibilities for development of new PV products.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Hardy, D.A., Kerrouche, A., Roaf, S.C. and Richards, B.S.
Corporate Creators: The Solar Energy Society (Great Britain)
Publisher: Oxford Brookes University
Place of Publication: Oxford
Date: 2011
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Jan 2016 15:10
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:58

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