Oct 22, 2012 - The global market for building attached photovoltaics (BAPV) is to reach USD 5.9 billion (EUR 4.5bn) in 2017, compared to some USD 1.9 billion in 2012, market researcher NanoMarkets projects.
According to the market report launched on Thursday, in 2015 the BAPV market will stand at some USD 4.6 billion. The market intelligence firm pays attention to two segments of the market -- BAPV walls and BAPV roofing overlay -- which are seen to fetch revenues of USD 480 million and USD 910 million, respectively, in 2015.
BAPV is currently met as disguised solar panels with architectural features or glazed in windows and curtain walls. Yet, as NanoMarkets points out, more and more specialised BAPV products are becoming available. Roofing overlay is among these special offerings. The product is equipped with special clips and fasteners that make overlays easier to install. Often lightweight thin-film PV are used to limit the need for roofing support.
The market for BAPV walls is also slowly expanding as roofing space is not always enough. "In multistory buildings, the roof area is low compared with the amount of space in the building that must be powered. Also for zero-energy buildings, PV power demands can be quite considerable and both roofs and walls may have to be used for PV," NanoMarkets said.
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