Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Overall Course Objectives

This course will provide building designers with knowledge of PV (photovoltaic) and enable them to use Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions in their building design. Similarly the course will provide solar engineers with the understanding of the requirements for BIPV products seen from the buildings perspective. The participants will also acquire knowledge about aesthetic requirements and be familiar with technologies for balancing aesthetics and efficiency. The participants will also be presented with principles and safety matters for photovoltaic installations as well as being able to estimate the energy generated from a BIPV installation and how this energy impacts the energy frame for the building.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain photovoltaic conversion
  • Describe the different PV technologies
  • Explain grid connection
  • Explain the environmental factors influencing the power production
  • Apply photovoltaics in a building context
  • Explain the aesthetic demands of BIPV
  • Assess the energy production from the BIPV installation
  • Calculate the energy impact on the building
  • Account for the structural demands of the building in connection with BIPV
  • Assess the impact on the building envelope with BIPV
  • Acount for BIPVs impact on the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) of a building

Course Content

The course will explain the basic principles of photovoltaic conversion and installation of photovoltaic systems. Afterwards, building material – and aesthetic requirements will be explained, and technologies to achieve good aesthetics will be presented. Principles for estimation of the generated energy will be presented, and examples of how the energy contributes to the energy frame of the building will be explained. The requirements of the building structure as a consequence of BIPV is explained. Also, the changes to the building envelope in terms of moisture properties is presented. BIPV’s LCA impact on the building will be presented.

Recommended prerequisites

01005/10018, Knowledge of basic physics and math.

Teaching Method

Lectures, assignments and group project work


Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41461
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Thurs 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

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