For cool BIPV
Heat Blocking Films
Solar Energy is the largest and abundantly available power source there is. Harvesting solar energy via solar panels is a preferred option for on-site power generation in buildings and a necessary step towards net zero energy consumption. To improve acceptability and increase rate of implementation, building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are an important development. BIPV can be smoothly integrated into a buildings skin, offer freedom of design and enable new surfaces, such as the façade, to be used for sunlight harvesting.
Since not all sunlight can be transformed into energy by standard solar panels, part of the light is heating up the module. The problem of overheating is increased in BIPV since they are integrated into a buildings skin and therefore less well ventilated than roof mounted or free-standing PV.
To solve this issue, we develop within SUNOVATE a new type of encapsulant that blocks long wavelength solar radiator, which cannot be converted into electricity, while not impacting the wavelength region that is used by the solar panel to generate energy.