The overall objective for B-FIRST project is the development and demonstration of a set of standardized multifunctional photovoltaic products for building integration based on a recently developed technology for solar cells encapsulation within glass fibre-reinforced composite materials. Currently available photovoltaic solutions will be extended with a portfolio of new products with advanced performances developed to a pre-industrial stage.

Scientific and technical objectives

  • Design and development of a set BIPV products based on alternative encapsulation materials (composite materials) with same efficiency levels of traditional modules.
  • Enhanced properties of PV modules due to: monolithic structures, light weight, modularity, flexibility in shapes, finishes and colours.
  • Light transmission properties tailoring depending on the application.
  • Multifunctional performance complying with building and photovoltaic standards.
  • Up-scaling of production processes for real-scale prototype fabrication.
  • Definition of successful integration strategies for the developed products.
  • Demonstration of BIPV products in three different sites (with different climates and general frameworks for BIPV).
  • Technical assessment of BIPV products (including architectonical and electrical integration, energy yields and performance).
  • Development of product catalogues and datasheets of new standardized components, with complete information on characteristics, performance and building integration methods for each product.

Economical objectives.

  • Development of BIPV elements with costs comprised between 1,5 and 2,5 €/Wp.
  • Reduction of 20% on transport, manipulation and installation costs based on lighter weight, materials substitution, enhanced modularity and fixing strategies integrated in the BIPV products manufacturing process.
  • Specific BIPV systems for retrofitting market.
  • Economic assessment of BIPV products.
  • Exploitation plan.

Standardisation objectives

  • Detection of current and future harmonisation needs for standardisation of BIPV components.
  • Recommendations to extend the existing building codes regarding the integration of standardised PV components.

Educational objectives

  • Easy-to-use guidelines for architects and decision makers for enhancing the use of PV building components.
  • Educational and training material for professionals and students. Training activities.
  • Dissemination plan and its deployment.

The work plan is detailed in the following figure: