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Building-Integrated Solar Glass in a Nutshell

Building-integrated solar glass generates electricity, often qualifies for financial incentives, and has the uniqueness of custom glazing that generates electricity. (Photos)

Building-integrated solar glass generates electricity, often qualifies for financial incentives, and has the uniqueness of custom glazing that generates electricity. (Solar Design Associates photo)

What it is Building-integrated solar glass modules are architectural glass products that replace standard glazing in commercial buildings. Embedded in the glass are photovoltaic cells, spaced apart to allow light to pass between them. The building's architect selects the shape and color of the embedded cells and the desired spacing.

Why it matters
The long-term implication of integrated solar glass is two-fold: It's a renewable energy source that is aesthetically pleasing and therefore hardly objectionable to neighbors; and it occupies building surfaces that would otherwise require reflective glass and window shades to avoid energy (heat) gain from the sun.

A walkway canopy protects visitors as they enter the MITRE Center, and generates solar power. The feature served as a catalyst for the design team's excitement about sustainable design overall. (Stubbins Associates photo)

Other forms of building-integrated photovoltaics include solar roofing materials, which are out of sight, utilize otherwise wasted space, and add insulation.

Who makes it
Solar Design Associates specified and supplied the solar components for the MITRE Center's solar canopy, built in 2005. They recommended modules from the Dutch company Scheuten (pronounced like a cross between "shoyten" and "sweeten") Solar. Other companies, including Saint Gobain and Spheral, also manufacture building-integrated solar glass.

What it costs
"Any time an architect is considering unique glass for their buildings, we like to present them with the option of using productive glass, glass that produces electricity," says Craig Munger, electrical engineer for Solar Design Associates.

Does it cost more to use energy-producing glass? Before financial incentives, yes. After incentives… generally, yes. Unless you compare it to another truly unique form of custom glazing.

"Using ordinary glass in the MITRE canopy would have been around US$20 per square foot, where the custom electricity-producing glass was between $80 and $100," says Munger. There's also the cost of wiring, concealed conduits, and balance-of-system components like inverters.

Why consider it
On a strict analysis of energy cost savings, integrated solar glass rarely pays for itself. But that doesn't deter architects and owners around the world from installing it. Solar glass generates electricity at a predictable cost, qualifies for financial incentives and often has publicity value. Not to mention the uniqueness of a building with custom glazing that generates electricity.

Says Munger, "When people find out about financial incentives, and they see solar glass as a way to set their building apart, they get excited about it."

Comments

I am keen in promoting this concept in India. It will definitely help those countries that has energy problems.
Can you please give me the details of suppliers that supplies solar glasses for buildings. My email id is
shashank_patne4u@yahoo.co.in

Very interesting topic.

Regards,

Shashank
Mumbai - India

Its a very interesting topic and more useful for the countries like India where there is lots of power failure.

Please send me some more details about this concept.

thanks,
Abhijeet N.

Please send me the details about the suppliers of solar glasses in India and also about the cost of solar glasses.
Thanks

I' from China.We produce targets for Building-integrated solar glass ,If any necessary.PLS contact me.
hanbi_0611@hotmail.com

Hi,
I am looking at implementing this technology in one of our facilities in Bangalore. I would want to know more on this technology, its performance during non sunny days or say cloudy / rainy days, cost of implementing it in terms of per watt or per sq.ft. and are there any suppliers and installers of this technology in India

Hi,
I would like install BIPV in my native. It is horrible to say that power at my place provided only for 6 hour. Hence i wanted install this facilty. How much woukd cost for 80 Sq Mtrs,

Please send me the details about the suppliers of solar glasses in India and also about the cost of solar glasses.
Thanks

I am looking at implementing this technology in one of our facilities in Mumbai. I would want to know more on this technology, its performance during non sunny days or say cloudy / rainy days, cost of implementing it in terms of per watt or per sq.ft. and are there any suppliers and installers of this technology in India

Dear Sir\ Mrs,
Greetings to you!
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Dear sir
I find this technology very interesting and it may suit the energy needs in africa. I am fro Zimbabwe and would be interested to know more about this and companies hat supply to africa
Thanks and regards
stephen

We are constructing outdoor decor for one of our datacenters in Mumbai, India. This sounds like an interesting and effective technology. Can you please provide links or further info? Contact numbers would also be useful.

Dear ,


Pls let us have more details abt the product and also the glass film . Pls mentioned the availibilty in various parts of the world etc.. Also can we have idea abt the cost per sqmtr and productivity in terms of watts..

Thanks & Wishes !

Ramneek
Protec Engineers
Abu Dhabi

I am doing my engineering project in Intregral Coach Factory,Chennai. My concept is "Solar Emberdded Glass using in ICF" in that i want to replace coach window to emberdded glass which produce current. I need the Manufacturing process and Suppler of Solar emberdded glass.
Anticipation of your reply.
Thanking you.

i want to know about the technology and want to know about the delars and the company who is mfg this in india so i can contact them.