BP Solar BIPV Installation Completed

September, 22 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research [ZICER] at the University of East Anglia in the UK is nearing completion as 34 kW of BP Solar electricity panels have been incorporated into the design (Building Integrated Photovoltaics, BIPV) including a 27.2 kW array within the roof design and a 6.7 kW in the building faýade. Since the building is an environmental research facility, it will have 70 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than a “best practice” building of less than a decade ago, thanks largely to the solar photovoltaic arrays. The solar panels are in fact double-glazed units and have been integrated into the building structure. In order to minimize potential overheating problems within the conservatory, studies were undertaken to identify the right mix of solar panels to clear glazed panels to help reduce heat gains but still allow as much natural light in the work space. BP Solar said the new structure would be one of the most eco-advanced commercial buildings in the UK.

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