The integration of photovoltaics in commercial buildings: a bright idea?

Ford, Stephen (2010) The integration of photovoltaics in commercial buildings: a bright idea? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    It is clear that the UK government need to act fast to receive ambitious targets toward climate change and carbon dioxide emissions. To meet these targets, vast improvements and a substantial development will need to take place within the next few years at a much larger scale than presently in order to tackle the current global warming crisis. Photovoltaics can help the government achieve these renewable energy targets of 20% by 2020. Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) can replace traditional building materials as well as producing ‘green’ electricity. A thorough and critical review of the current literature and deep analysis into why BIPV has had a slow uptake ino the commercial construction industry was considered. The research highlighted that financial governmental assistance is a massive incentive but that businesses, clients and developers also feel compelled by ethical reason and want to be seen as doing their bit for the environment. BIPV has potential to be one of the leading renewable sources in the UK and contributions from the government can see the UK being one of the top European leaders in PV productivity just like countries such as Spain, Germany and the new renewable friendly Italy. Isn’t it about time the UK stepped up to achieve their ambitious goals?

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16

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