Building-Integrated Photovoltaics

A dramatic rise in the use of renewable energy sources is needed if we are to meet national and European climate protection targets. Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) will play a particularly large role in helping the building sector to become CO2 neutral by 2050 – the goal it has been set by the EU.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE offers industry partners a broad spectrum of research and services in the field of BIPV. The institute benefits especially from considerable expertise in the mathematical and physical modeling of thermal, optical and electrical processes in sunlit façades.

Selected Research Projects



Electrically tested BIPV slates for facade or roof



Comprehensive Integration of Energetically Active Facade Components into Building Processes


BIPV system design for an Art Nouveau building in Zurich