On the 12th and 13th of April 2016, a Construct PV General Assembly was held in Stuttgart at the Züblin Headquarter. The first day the project consortium attended an internal project meeting discussing the results and the next steps to e achieved, in particular concerning the preparation of the large-scale installations at Stuttgart and Athens in the next months. The main topics concerned the LCA and LCC, business models, results from small-scale demonstrators in Lugano and Vittorio Veneto, dissemination activities, the preparation of large-scale demonstrators (manufacturing of modules, installation and monitoring). The second day the partners presented results of the project and demonstration activities to the EC Officer including also a visit to the facade Mock-up, currently installed and exibithed within the headquarter.
On the 20th and 21st of October 2015, a Construct PV Meeting has been held in Lugano at SUPSI Campus. During these days all the Parners met for discussing the main results of the project concerning the different workpackages and the next steps to achieve with the forthcoming activities. The small-scale outdoor test facility, recently installed at SUPSI for demonstrating the roof solar tiles developed within the project, has been visited along with the other outdoor test-facilities of the ISAAC PV sector. Also the oldest grid connected PV system in Europe, the 10kWp TISO still in operation after 32 years on the flat roof of the auditorium, has been visited by all the participants.
Solar architecture: product development, innovation in design and building process. Experiences of the ConstructPV research project
October 19th, 2015
SUPSI, Department for environment and construction design, Campus Trevano, Canobbio, 17.30
The Department for Environment, Construction and Design and the Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment of SUPSI organized, in the context of the European research project ConstructPV, an event for students, architects and other interested stakeholders in order to stimulate a discussion on the important role of solar energy in buildings. SUPSI introduced the lecture presenting some design approaches and architectural strategies today available with BIPV as well as the main research activities of the group in this field. UNStudio, a dutch architectural firm with over 25 years of international experience, illustrated the leitmotif that guides its projects where sustainability is an integral part of the design process. Some important architectural references where BIPV becomes part of the conceptual idea and aesthetical language have been presented focusing the topic on BIPV customizability and its aesthetic appeal. Ed Züblin AG., project coordinator and one of the largest German construction companies, presented new developments in building construction related to BIPV. An integrated building process BIM-based as well as the technological innovation linked to BIPV facade systems, in terms of both building skin engineering and performance, have been presented as key-factors. Students of bachelor in Architecture, some professors and architects attended the event in classrom while some other architects, engineers and manufacturers attended through the webinar on-line platform. SUPSI experimented a new format during this lecture creating an interactive survey through an on-line webinar platform. Both attendees in classroom and on-line were asked to anwer in real time to some questions that were requested during the event on the presented topics (3 for each presentation), through their smartphone, tablet or pc. The results of these polls, at the end of the day, created interesting starting points for an open discussion with students and professionals.
On the 12th and 13th of March 2015, the Construct PV Meeting was held in Genoa. In this occasion status quo, next steps, and action plan concerning all the main Work Packages were presented. The actions for realizing the small scale demonstrators, the development of web tools for module design as well as the dissemination strategies/activities were the main topics along with the exploitation seminar organized in the second day.
On the 14th and 15th of October 2014, the first Construct PV Review Meeting was held in Thun. In this occasion the prototypes of the first BIPV concept were also presented: the roof integration (Meyer Burger-Tegola Canadese), the U-Type connection (Meyer Burger), the HJT grid pattern improvement (Meyer Burger), the surface treatment of PV modules (Meyer Burger, UN Studio) and the improvement of cell technology HJT (Meyer Burger).