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PV Mobi : PV modules optimised for building integration
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ECN Energy in the Built Environment 1-5-2001
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ECN-RX--01-032 Conference Paper
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Presented at: 9th International Conference on Solar Energy in High Latitudes. Northsun 2001, Leiden, The Netherlands, 6-8 mei 2001.

Semi-transparent PV-modules can be seen as multi purpose, synergeticbuilding elements: apart from being electricity generators they fully need to meet the complex of demands to function as light- admitting façade, window, roof or shading elements. For the admittance of sunlight an adequate balance between passive solar gains (heating and lighting) and overheating in summer or heat losses in winter must be found in order to reach useful applications. At the same time electricity output of the PV modules should be maximised. To optimize the design for this type of PV modules the impact of module design parameters on PV-power generation and building physical aspects has been evaluated. For different types of application (atrium, awning and façade) energy related aspects (lighting, heating and cooling demand, power generation) have been simulated. It appeared that building specific design parameters influence the most suited PV module layout largely. Therefore for each project an optimisation of the best PV-module design is still desired. Computerprograms like TRNSYS, WINDOW and Adline are tools which can succesfully be used for this purpose. 8 refs.

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