Photovoltaics: Technology Architecture Installation

Photovoltaics: Technology Architecture Installation

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Bernhard Weller Claudia Hemmerle Sven Jakubetz Stefan Unnewehr

Edition Detail ISBN: 978-3-0346-0369-0

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Life without energy is impossible. Plants and some species of bacteria are able to convert sunlight into chemical energy and thus form a source of food for other living organisms. Plants and animals, together with their habitats, form an ecosystem that consumes only so much energy as the sun supplies continuously. Part of the solar radiation is converted into chemical energy in the form of biomass which is stored permanently, seed off from the atmosphere. Millions of years ago this material was transformed into the fossil fuels coal, oil and natural gas. It it those fuels that we currently consume to meet about 80% of our energy requirements. But the extremely long periods taken to form such materials can in no way keep pace with the consumption, which means that our planet´s fossil resources will either become exhausted or their recovery uneconomical. (…)”



Generating and using solar electricity The sun as a source of energy Solar cells – turning light into electricity Modules Performance Photovoltaic systems System technology Yields and economics Ecology

Designing with photovoltaics Features of crystalline photovoltaics Differences between traditional and PV materials and products Photovoltaics and its relationship with the building Design strategies Design options Transparency and design potential

Construction and integration Designing with photovoltaics Fixing Roof installations Facade installations Sunshade installations

Technical rules and building legislation Type approval of PV modules – Electrical installation and safety An overview of building legislation Building products and forms of construction Non-regulated building products and forms of construction Experimental testing Fire protection

Photovoltaics case studies Federal Environment Agency offices in Dessau Institute premises in Biejing Local government offices in Ludesch Paul Horn Arena in Tubingen Sports hall in Buurgweinting Mixed commercial and residential building in Munich Additional residential storeys and new office building in Darmstadt Private house in Hegenlohe

Appendix Glossary Standards, directives, statutory instruments and recommendations (selection) Bibliography Manufacturers, companies and trade associations (selection) Index Picture credits

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Cite: Andrew Rosenberg. "Photovoltaics: Technology Architecture Installation" 27 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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