The project, whose duration is estimated to be 48 months, has been broken down into 8 Work Packages (WPs) to achieve the S&T Objectives and expected impact (e.g. the development and demonstration of a radical evolution of BIPV). The first two years of the project will be mainly devoted to research and development activities, laboratory testing, market analysis and all tests necessary to set the conditions for the success of the demonstration activities. In particular, focus will be given to the involvement of all the partners in the analysis of buildings requirements from point of view of architects, PV producers and construction companies. A task will be also dedicated to understanding the market most quickly reachable for opaque BIPV solutions. This will help the identification of essential requirements that will be then translated into technical specifications during conceptual design of Construct-PV solutions.
WP1: From the requirements to guidelines and market
WP1, led by Fraunhofer ISE, will establish the project baseline for the selected technologies, processes and targeted market sector.
WP2: Standardization and Testing
In parallel to WP1, will investigate the standards and testing procedures required to certify Construct-PV products (with an important aspect being a contribution to standardization for the loosely regulated BIPV sector). This WP will be led by Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD) with the help of ENEA. Then, for each of the main phases of the project (aligned with the value chain), there will be one dedicated WP: WP3: From PV-cells to customized size, low-cost BIPV modules, WP4: From BIPV-modules to multifunctional building components and WP5: Integrated approach: from building components to buildings.
WP3: From PV-cells to customized size, low-cost BIPV modules
WP4: From BIPV-modules to multifunctional building components
Thus, WP3 and WP4 will start the demonstration activities with the first being devoted to demonstrating especially the pilot manufacturing line that will be developed by Meyer Burger in collaboration with Fraunhofer ISE and the latter being module specific demonstration activities that will be performed by Züblin and TEGOLA on the basis of first integration of BIPV in building elements with added functionalities.
WP5: Integrated approach: from building components to buildings
WP5 is dedicated to research activities that will be devoted to the set up of a tool for design and dimensioning BIPV and will take care of an efficient connection between the building and the grid. This WP will also be dedicated to the drafting of guidelines for efficient integration of the building component within the construction process. On this aspect there will be joint efforts by Züblin, ALKION and TEGOLA. Of noteworthy importance, WP5 research activities led by Züblin will take care of the development of “Continuous model, 5D process management – from planning to construction”, a research task that will be performed in coordination with 5D-Initiative (Initiative of the European construction industry for the development of new IT tools for design, realization and operation of buildings and infrastructure). This tool will integrate the value chain, lower costs and break barriers.
WP6: Demonstration and Assessment
WP6 will be again a WP dedicated to large scale demonstration. This will occur on the buildings that are made available by Züblin and National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), respectively in Stuttgard Züblin Campus and in Athens Zografos Campus. As already mentioned, an added value of Construct-PV is to have demonstration activities well balanced all along the value chain, but WP6 will constitute final demonstration with almost full scale demo building retrofitted with the proposed method, from assessment of the starting conditions to the installation of the modular elements and to the monitoring of performance after retrofitting. Therefore this WP will constitute the core for the replication of Construct-PV approach.
WP7: Overcoming non technological barriers
Dissemination activities that will be performed in WP7 will be entirely dedicated to overcoming non technical barriers with a special focus on training activities devoted to architects and designers to facilitate market uptake. Moreover, specific efforts will be made to raise awareness among targeted groups with a special focus on public authorities. Demonstration activities will be exploited to raise attention on Construct-PV developments and training courses will be organized using the Virtual Demonstrator tool.