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Title: Performance evaluation of vacuum photovoltaic insulated glass unit
Authors: Zhang, WL 
Lu, L 
Chen, X 
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Energy procedia, 2017, v. 105, no. , p. 322-326
Abstract: Although semi-transparent photovoltaic windows can generate electricity in situ, they also increase the cooling load of buildings significantly due to the waste heat as a byproduct. However, vacuum glazing, which has excellent thermal insulation, can effectively solve the above issues for PV windows. In order to take advantage of excellent thermal insulation performance of vacuum glazing, a novel vacuum photovoltaic insulated glass unit ( VPV IGU) was presented. The electrical characteristics of the PV laminated glass were tested in laboratory under standard test conditions. Then power generation and thermal performances of the VPV IGU were evaluated through experiments. Results have indicated that the VPV IGU can not only generate electricity, but also help reduce the cooling load as well as improve the indoor thermal comfort.
Keywords: Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV)
Vacuum PV glazing
Energy performance
Solar heat gain coefficient
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Energy procedia 
ISSN: 1876-6102
DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.321
Description: 8th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE), Oct 08-11, 2016, Beijing, Peoples R. China
Rights: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
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