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Demonstration of an innovative Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic system toward net-zero-energy buildings

Reference: LIFE16 CCM/BE/000120 | Acronym: LIFE BIPV



Buildings consume large amounts of energy in the form of heating and cooling, giving rise 36% of the EUs CO2 emissions and accounting for 40% of its energy consumption. EU legislation sets minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings, for major renovation of buildings and for the replacement or retrofit of building elements. As a contributor to EU and national targets, energy production on-site isa sustainable strategy that will enable existing and new buildings to decrease their climate change impact. More specifically, building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) approaches have an important role in increasing the renewables share in the EU grid and the buildings efficiency throughout EU. In line with this statement, the LIFE BIPV project aims to boost the use of the innovative BIPV systems in the EU.


LIFE BIPV aims to demonstrate innovative BIPV installations in buildings located in two EU regions with different climatic characteristics (Spain and Central Europe) in order to proof the impact and demonstrate the applicability of the approach. The project will have a demonstration scale (2 BIPV envelope surfaces of 500 m), mainly in faades and roofs. In order to demonstrate a wider palette of BIPV solutions, the project will also analyze the possibility to implement the product in additional building elements of the demonstrator buildings (i.e. awning, balcony, brise soleil, carport, canopy or shelter, among others) so the results obtained will be significant and can be replicated and/or transferred. Specific objectives are to: Demonstrate a new BIPV building envelope that enables a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions of buildings - Main targets are to demonstrate a direct CO2 emission decrease of at least 35% of a typical (non residential) building in Europe (excluding Northern Europe) and to decrease the carbon footprint of the solar harvesting technology by 67%. Prove the economic feasibility of the BIPV system at demonstration-scale and thus, reach the last step before commercialization in the end of the project. Feasibility will be monitored and proved through the Levelised Cost Of Electricity (LCOE). An LCOE between 15 ct/kWh and 28 ct/kWh for Central, Eastern, Western and Southern European countries is expected. Widely disseminate the projects results in order to show-case the impact on reduction of CO2 emissions towards net-zero-energy buildings, to review and push forward the standards in the construction/renovation sector and to reinforce the replication potential in EU for the construction and other sectors.


Expected results : -Compared to an average building with full consumption from the grid, LIFE BIPV targets a decrease of the GHG emission of a typical Central, Eastern, Western or Southern European building by at least 35%. -Compared to c-Si, a reduction of the carbon footprint by at least 67% is targeted. It is our target to demonstrate an average footprint of 15g CO2e /kWh at a demonstration scale (10g CO2 e/kWh inES and 16gCO2e/kWh in DE). -Targeted total system costs of 300 /m. LIFE BIPV solution is directly applicable to building envelopes or construction materials without any supporting structures. It is our target to reach an LCOE between 15 ct/kWh and 28 ct/kWh for Central, Eastern, Western and Southern European countries. -A positive public perception (acceptance of the technology and the aesthetics of the BIPV system).


Reference: LIFE16 CCM/BE/000120
Acronym: LIFE BIPV
Start Date: 01/07/2017
End Date: 31/12/2023
Total Eligible Budget: 4,371,093 €
EU Contribution: 2,622,654 €
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Coordinating Beneficiary: COMSA CORPORATION
Legal Status: PRIVATE
Address: Calle Viriato, 47, 08029, Barcelona, España
Contact Person: Merche POLO
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Heliatek, Germany Participant
COMSA SA Spain Participant