BIPV good for housing and solar

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The emerging market for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) could offer a new way to develop revenue streams for both the housing and construction industry and global solar industry, according to Pike Research.

"The growing availability of energy-efficient, flexible, and transparent solar materials is transforming the way that architects and building engineers view, and use, photovoltaic systems," said Pike's Research Director Kerry-Ann Adamson. "In the future, BIPV will no longer be confined to spandrel or overhead applications. Rather, the entire building envelope will be able to put it to use, allowing the structure to produce its own power and feed additional power into the grid system."

A rebound from the great solar depression, as well as several long-term project that hit the market, will drive the BIPV market going into 2013, the research contends. Further, an increasing number of players in the supply chain are working together to provide solutions for the entire building envelope but also need to develop finished solar modules made by continuous production from PV rolls to enable the modules to be produced cost effectively in large volumes.

In 2011, Dow Solar got a $12.8 million injection of funds from the DOE's SunShot Initiative, which Dow invested in its "Transformational Approach to Reducing the Total System Costs of Building Integrated Photovoltaics" program. The program provides sustainable solutions that develop new materials and designs to enable the integration of lightweight and robust BIPV shingles.

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