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Just in time for the Solar Decathlon, we take a look at the growing options in building-integrated PV: #SD2011 #solar

Just in time for the Solar Decathlon, we take a look at the growing options in building-integrated PV: #SD2011 #solar

Solar panels aren’t just for rooftops anymore. They are starting to pop up in places—windows, curtainwalls, canopies, and skylights—where they do double duty. While first-generation solar technology—the familiar roof-mounted silicon PV panel—has become a familiar sight, a new generation of solar technologies such as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) has the potential to transform common building materials into renewable energy sources. Thin-film solar cells, which can measure just a few micrometers thick, are flexible, translucent, and can be made in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Because of their adaptability, these cells can be integrated into rooftop shingles and tiles, curtainwall panels, and window and skylight glazing. Moreover, it is not just PV cells that are being integrated into this new wave of building materials; phase-change materials and radia...

Full article: http://www.eco-structure.com/solar-power/double-duty.aspx

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