Life cycle cost analysis of silicon and organic building integrated photovoltaic systems (BiPV)

Jin, Xiao-Hua, Zhang, Guomin and Yang, Rebecca J. 2011, Life cycle cost analysis of silicon and organic building integrated photovoltaic systems (BiPV), in ICCREM 2011 : International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, [ICCREM], [Guangzhou, China], pp. 118-122.

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Title Life cycle cost analysis of silicon and organic building integrated photovoltaic systems (BiPV)
Author(s) Jin, Xiao-Hua
Zhang, Guomin
Yang, Rebecca J.
Conference name Construction and Real Estate Management. Conference (2011 : Guangzhou, China)
Conference location Guangzhou, China
Conference dates 18-19 Nov. 2011
Title of proceedings ICCREM 2011 : International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management
Editor(s) Wang, Yaowu
Pang, Yongshi
Shen, Geoffrey Q.P.
Publication date 2011
Conference series Construction and Real Estate Management. Conference
Start page 118
End page 122
Publisher [ICCREM]
Place of publication [Guangzhou, China]
Keyword(s) photovoltaic (PV)
life cycle cost,
building integrated photovoltaic systems (BiPV)
Summary Despite the undisputed benefits associated with photovoltaic (PV) technology, the financial barrier acts as the major hurdle before it is seen as a commercial competitive form of renewable energy. Many studies have been performed outlining the life cycle energy benefits of PV technology. However, there has been limited number of studies dedicated to the life cycle cost impacts. The aim of this paper is to identify whether life cycle cost analysis is the best approach to determining the cost contributors or savings associated with this technology. This paper has been structured similarly to previous life cycle energy studies to consider the cost implications involved within each area of the products lifecycle. Amongst many new developments, traditional silicon based units have been challenged by the introduction of new organic systems; and recent studies highlight that these systems offer major cost reductions. Based on an analysis of current literature, this paper identifies that the recent growth and development of both organic and silicon based systems have had a considerable effect on the cost of PV cells. The competitive nature of the renewable energy market will also impact on a life cycle cost analysis; and any potential findings will valid for a limited timeframe.
ISBN 9787112137015
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042326

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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