Design of fibre reinforced PV concepts for building integrated applications

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Fibre reinforced polymers present an interesting encapsulation medium for PV-modules. Glass fibres can provide increased strength and stiffness to thin polymer layers overcoming the brittleness and limited deformability of glass-panes. Glass fibre reinforced polymers allows for transparency over a broad range of the solar spectrum while the material properties and integral production processes create possibilities for novel product concepts with embedded PV technology. To explore such possibilities, innovative design methods were used to design novel PV product concepts for applications in the build environment. In our paper three conceptual designs are presented; (1) a thin film module with an adjoining interconnection system functioning as structural element for geodetic roofing structures, (2) a PV lamella with single-axis tracking utilizing a linear concentration effect caused by the geometry of the product and the materials applied, and (3) a prepreg PV-material which allows for easy shaping during the production of PV modules with complex geometries. Each concept employs a specific PV technology and demonstrates a possible application aimed at a specific market. In this way we show the potential of integration of PV technology in fibre reinforced composites. The paper will be illustrated by concept renderings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th EU Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
EditorsW. Ossenbrink Sinke, P. Helm
Place of PublicationHamburg
PublisherWIP - Renewable Energies
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)3-936338-25-6
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, EU PVSEC 2009 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009
Conference number: 24


Conference24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, EU PVSEC 2009
Abbreviated titleEU PVSEC


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  • IR-69913


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