Dem4BIPV Newsletter December 2016 - Shaping the profile of the future BIPV professionals
Shaping the profile of the future BIPV professionals
The BIPV market has been rapidly growing in the last years, from a capacity of 1.5 GW in 2014 to 2.3 GW in 2015. An outlook on the BIPV market estimates 4.8 GW for 2020 in Europe and 11.1 GW worldwide. Despite technical promise, there is a notable disparity between the progress made in terms of the technology and the knowledge and skills of the professionals (architects, engineers, designers, planners) who are ultimately responsible for the integration of BIPV systems. Europe is in need of a well-skilled workforce as stated in the recently published Dem4BIPV Framework and Requirements’ Analysis report.
The report, which is based on the results of a survey with 100 stakeholders from 15 different countries, identifies the key players in the BIPV sector and provides a clear picture of the BIPV education needs in Europe. It also reviews the BIPV market situation and outlook at global and European level and highlights the barriers hindering BIPV deployment.
Download the full report for free at the Dem4BIPV website here.
Buildings in the spotlight of the Clean Energy Package
On the 30th of November 2016, the European Commission released its “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package which will shape the European Union’s climate and energy legislation beyond 2020. The international partners behind the Dem4BIPV project welcome the proposals in the Clean Energy Package recognizing that buildings play an essential part in Europe’s clean energy transition.
The Dem4BIPV partners believe that BIPV is the optimal method of installing renewable energy systems in urban, built-up areas where undeveloped land is both scarce and expensive. In both new projects and renovations, BIPV is proving to be an effective building energy technology in residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings and structures. It is generally expected that in the next century, photovoltaics will be able to contribute substantially to the mainstream power production, and that through their widespread commercialization, BIPV systems will become the backbone of the zero energy building (ZEB) European target for 2020.
Presentation of the BIPV report at the 14th Austrian Photovoltaics Congress
The project coordinator Wilfried van Sark from the Utrecht University presented the first results of the Dem4BIPV project at the 14th Austrian Photovoltaics Congress on 30 November 2016. His presentation titled ‘On the need for education in the BIPV sector: the Dem4BIPV project’ is available for download here.
The Dem4BIPV Consortium met in Vienna, Austria
The Dem4BIPV partners met in Vienna on 8 and 9 November 2016 to discuss the progress in the project activities and to fine tune the work programme for the year 2017.
New year, new exciting challenges – Our partner universities in Utrecht, Cyprus and Vienna are working on the development of tailor made courses on BIPV for different university systems. By mid-2017, the project will deliver high-quality didactic content on BIPV for higher education that can be accommodated to different levels of background knowledge and interest. Virtual labs for experimenting with BIPV will be operational in Austria, Cyprus and The Netherlands in 2018.
The Dem4BIPV project receives two Poster Awards
The work of the Dem4BIPV team has been awarded on two occasions with poster prizes for its outstanding and exemplary contribution to conferences: at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in the thematic area of ‘PV economics, markets and policies’ in Munich in June 2016, and at the Utrecht University’s International Conference on Sustainability in October 2015. The project partners will continue working with enthusiasm and commitment in the New Year to deliver the best possible results.
ABOUT THE Dem4BIPV PROJECT
The European project Dem4BIPV kicked off in September 2015 in response to the growing industry demand for a specialised BIPV workforce. The Dem4BIPV project brings together a consortium of leading European universities and experts to develop an innovative and interdisciplinary training scheme that will enable graduated architects and engineers to acquire the technical knowledge and competencies required for the successful implementation of BIPV projects. Learn more about the project in our online video, visit our project website atwww.dem4bipv.eu or join this LinkedIn group on BIPV.
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