Building Integrated Photovoltaic Thermal Systems: Fundamentals, Designs and Applications presents various applications, system designs, manufacturing and installation techniques surrounding how to build integrated photovoltaics. The book provides a comprehensive understanding of all system components, long-term performance and testing, and the commercialization of BIPV systems. By addressing potential obstacles with current BIPV systems, such as photovoltaic efficiency bottlenecks and product heat harvesting, the authors not only cover fundamentals and design philosophy of current technology, but also introduce a hybrid system that looks at building integrated thermal electric roofing.
Topics covered in this book are useful for scientists and engineers in the fields of photovoltaics, electrical and civil engineering, materials science, sustainable energy harvesting, solar energy, and renewable energy production.
- Contains system integration methods supported by industry developments
- Includes real-life examples and functional projects as case studies for comparison
- Covers system design challenges, offering unique solutions
1. Introduction 2. Fundamentals and requirements of BIPVT design and integration 3. Air driven BIPVT 4. Thermal fluid driven BIPVT 5. Thermal management with Phase Change Materials and Geothermal 6. Applications in buildings 7. Applications in transportation 8. Applications in farms 9. Visions and future work
Huiming Yin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. His research specializes in the multi-scale/physics characterization of civil engineering materials and structures with experimental, analytical, and numerical methods. His research interests are interdisciplinary and range from structures and materials to innovative construction technologies and test methods. He has taught the courses in solid mechanics and composite materials in the past decade at Columbia University.
Mehdi Zadshir is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. He received his master's degree from Columbia University in Civil Engineering. His research interests include interdisciplinary areas of infrastructure materials, energy harvesting by use of photovoltaics, materials by design, and long-term performance tests of building and construction materials.
Frank Pao is an inspiring and perseverant entrepreneur in the solar energy industry and has worked in this field for the past two decades. His company - Atlantis Energy Systems Inc. - won the Frost & Sullivan 2009 World Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Niche Player of the Year Award. He has served as the owner or board member of five companies, which have been successful in promoting, manufacturing, and deploying solar building integrated technologies throughout the world from China to the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and South Africa. He is one of the pioneers in the US to introduce, manufacture and deploy solar building integrated technologies. Some major projects of his company in the past include MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Caltrain Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, and Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, New York.