OverviewPilkington Sunplus™ BIPV provides renewable power generating architectural glass solutions for building facades, windows, roof glazing, etc. with a high degree of transparency or full spandrel PV elements, combining efficiency and design. BIPV stands for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) and refers to a building component which has been enhanced to perform as a renewable energy generating material in addition to being an integrated part of the architecture and building façade. Examples include windows, sunshades, spandrel glass and skylights.
Our latest development Pilkington Sunplus™ BIPV, provides power generating, architectural glass solutions for both vertical and horizontal applications, allowing building proprietors and developers to turn buildings into power-generating assets. Pilkington Sunplus™ BIPV combines the proven reliability and efficiency of crystalline silicon technology with - aesthetics, design, quality, performance and our expertise in glass. A range of products to support the transition to sustainable buildings with smart glass facades and to reach zero energy buildings.
BIPV offers following benefits:
- Seamless Integration: Pilkington Sunplus™ BIPV is designed for ease of integration into the design of a building, allowing for desired combination of aesthetics and performance.
- Custom Design: Partial and full layout of PV-cells allow for flexible design.
- Reliability: Pilkington Sunplus™ BIPV uses proven monocrystalline silicon PV cell technology for quality, durability, and performance.
- Attractive Aesthetics: Elegant solutions to show renewable energy generation in harmony with transparency, privacy and functionality of the window.
- Sustainability: Pilkington Sunplus™ BIPV can assist with the with LEED and BREEAM certification process towards a Net-Zero Building, improving the sustainability credentials of a building.
- Compelling Economics: In addition to the value of renewable electrical energy generation, cost reduction could be possible by:
- downsizing of HVAC system,
- minimizing blinds and sunshades,
- reduced operating costs,
- possibility of incentives for PV available to both property owners and building developers.
- Certification: Modules have been tested - by KIWA according to:
- IEC 61215:2005 / EN 61215:2005 Crystalline silicon terrestrial PV modules (Design qualification and type approval),
- IEC 61730-1:2013 / EN 61730-1/A2:2013 PV module safety qualification (Requirements for construction),
- IEC 61730-2:2012 / EN 61730-2/A1:2012 PV module safety qualification (Requirements for testing).