Analyses of innovative glass blocks for BIPV: assessment of thermal and optical performance

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This paper illustrates the results of the performance analyses conducted on an innovative glass block integrated with thirdgenerationdye-sensitised solar cells (DSCs), designed to enable the construction of translucent and sustainable buildingenvelopes.The analyses include the simulation of both thermal and optical performance with regard to different configurations ofthe photovoltaic (PV)-integrated glass block, and the results obtained are presented using two different programs:Comsol Multiphysics and WINDOW. The configurations may differ – for example, because of the position of the moduleinside the glass block, the type of DSC module used (composition, transparency, design) and the features of the glass blockitself.Different combinations in terms of thermal insulation, light transmission and estimated PV production are discussed. Theposition of the DSC module within the glass block has a significant impact on the thermal and electrical performance of theproduct, but not on its optical behaviour, which instead depends on the type of module used.The aim of the study is to define some optimum combinations according to the different needs of active building facadesand requirements related to diversified climate contexts.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)71-81
Numero di pagine11
RivistaInternational Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2015

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