Overall energy assessment and integration optimization process of semitransparent PV glazing technologies

Nikolaos Skandalos, Dimitris Karamanis, Jinqing Peng, Hongxing Yang

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In order to reduce the building's energy demand, different glass innovative technologies are currently under intensive research and development. However, applicability of a particular technology requires its extensive environmental and energy characterization in building integration. In this work, overall performance (thermal, optical, and electrical) of semitransparent PV windows from different technologies has been assessed and compared with conventional windows. Characterization studies include both field measurements and numerical simulations and reveal the energy saving potential of PV windows on the overall energy demand of an office room and Mediterranean climate conditions. Finally, building integration is optimized by maximizing energy efficiency while keeping acceptable indoor visual comfort for different PV technology, ratio of the glazing surface replaced by PV windows (cover ratio), and orientation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-490
Number of pages18
JournalProgress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • energy efficiency
  • energy simulation
  • optimal integration
  • visual comfort
  • window-integrated photovoltaics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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