Event Smart Cities

Solar Research facility SolarBEAT at the roof of Vertigo Laagbouw

A Building Integrated Photo Voltaic (BIPV) research facility is realized at the roof of Vertigo Laagbouw. This project, which is called SolarBEAT, is a cooperation between the Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC) and the TU/e.  SEAC is an independent research organization that was founded in 2012 on the initiative of ECN, TNO and Holland Solar. From the TU/e, an active role is played by the Building Physics department, as they are experienced with the building integration aspect of solar energy. The SolarBEAT facility will start operation in the first quarter of 2014. The first measurement position is being built at the moment.

New innovative BIPV products will be analyzed on their physical and electrical integration in the building envelope. Various BIPV concepts for roofs and facades, as well as hybrid-PVT (PV and Thermal) systems are analyzed on a pilot scale (typical 6m x 5m). Measurements involve the PV-performance, which is the kWh-yield of every minute, as a function of the solar irradiance in that specific minute. Moreover, all relevant building aspects are monitored by using a variety of sensors like hot-wire anemometers, thermocouples, etcetera.

First dummy building

The first dummy building will look like a Dutch attic. The innovative BIPV-prototype on this first structure brings a combination of thermal insulation and PV-solar cells which are prefab assembled. A quick and efficient installation at the site could give this product an attractive total cost price.

And more

Further projects will also research prototypes that generate solar power (either PV, or solar thermal, or a combination of these) on flat roofs and facades. The artistic impression below tries to capture that ambition, although we are sure that by the end of 2014 the actual installed dummy buildings and BIPV-products might have different colors and dimensions.