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Title: Performance Assessment of a Multifunctional 3D BIPV System
The rooftop is a default location for photovoltaic solar panels and is often not enough to offset increasing building energy consumption. The vertical surface of urban buildings offers a prime location to harness solar energy. The overall goal of this research is to evaluate power production potentials and multi-functionalities of a 3D building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) facade system. The traditional BIPV which is laminated with window glass obscures the view-out and limits daylight penetration. Unlike the traditional system, the 3D solar module was configured to reflect the sun path geometry to maximize year-round solar exposure and energy production. In addition, the 3D BIPV façade offers multiple functionalities – solar regulations, daylighting penetration, and view-out, resulting in energy savings from heating, cooling, and artificial lighting load. Its ability to produce solar energy offsets building energy consumption and contributes to net-zero-energy buildings. Both solar simulations and physical prototyping were carried out to investigate the promises and challenges of the 3D BIPV façade system compared to a traditional BIPV system. With climate emergency on the rise and the need for clean, sustainable energy becoming ever more pressing, the 3D BIPV façade in this paper offers a creative approach to tackling the problems of power production, building energy savings, and user health and wellbeing.  more » « less
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ARCC 2023 International Conference THE RESEARCH-DESIGN INTERFACE
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National Science Foundation
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