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Building-Integration of High-Concentration Photovoltaic Systems

  • Daniel ChemisanaEmail author
  • Aggelos Zacharopoulos
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Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Abstract

The chapter addresses building-integration (BI) issues from the basic concepts to the most specific concerns related to high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) systems. The reader is introduced to the topic by learning the main aspects of the true BI of PV systems. Although CPVs were developed to generate electricity at a decreased price compared with nonconcentrating systems, their BI can provide additional advantages related to a range of building energy needs and functions. Characteristic case studies of building-integrated concentrating systems are presented and discussed to show how different types of optical arrangements are designed to be architecturally integrated. BI HCPV systems require two-axis tracking arrangements, which poses a range of challenges in addition to those general for low-concentration or nonconcentrating BI solar systems. Two examples of truly BI HCPV, from the very few that can be found at present, are presented.

Keywords

Building-integration Photovoltaics, solar concentration HCPV 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Physics Section of the Environmental Science Department, Polytechnic SchoolUniversity of LleidaLleidaSpain
  2. 2.Centre for Sustainable Technologies, School of the Built EnvironmentUlster UniversityNewtownabbey, Co. AntrimUK

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