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BIPV systems installed at solar manufacturing base in India

Emmvee installs two building-integrated photovoltaic systems at Bengaluru plant

BIPV systems are expected to play an important role in designing clean energy buildings

A solar power developer in India has installed building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems as its manufacturing base in the BRIC country. Solar thermal system manufacturer Emmvee Photovoltaic Power has installed 300kWp photovoltaic systems at the expansion of its PV and toughened glass manufacturing plants in Bengaluru, India.

The 259kWp system has been designed as the roof top for a newly constructed storage area. The roof top was built with PV modules and a designed metal structure to guarantee full insulation of the roof. The BIPV system was installed with poly and mono-crystalline modules to support further testing on both technologies on-site.

BIPV systems generate electricity and allow for the entry of natural light and also provide heat insulation to the building. The PV panels are integrated aesthetically into the architecture of the building. To demonstrate the multiple integration of solar photovoltaic applications, Emmvee has designed a 39kWpPV system on its new façade at a tilt of 65 degree to horizontal facing south. The façade BIPV system has 169 modules of 230Wp.

Founder and managing director of Emmvee, D. V. Manjunatha, said: “BIPV systems will play an important role in designing a clean energy building. We have installed the BIPV systems in our manufacturing unit to showcase the multiple applications of solar and generate clean, reliable and cost efficient solar power.”

The news from Emmvee Photovoltaic Power follows a series of developments in BIPV in 2012. This includes Swiss firm Glass 2 Energy, which has manufactured what it claims is a pioneer solar panel that has the potential to be integrated into city buildings.