LIFE BIPV - Demonstration of an innovative Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic system toward net-zero-energy buildings

LIFE16 CCM/BE/000120

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Contact person: Daphné Stassen
Tel: 3224091233
Email: Daphne.Stassen@eu.agc.com

Project description:


Buildings consume large amounts of energy in the form of heating and cooling, giving rise 36% of the EU’s CO2 emissions and accounting for 40% of its energy consumption. EU legislation sets minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings, for major renovation of buildings and for the replacement or retrofit of building elements.

As a contributor to EU and national targets, energy production on-site is a sustainable strategy that will enable existing and new buildings to decrease their climate change impact. To enhance the impact of photovoltaic electricity production, integration of PV modules in glass needs to be improved, so as to improve buildings’ energy performance without sacrificing their aesthetic value and architectural requirements.

BIPV approaches have an important role to play in increasing renewables’ share in the EU grid and the efficiency of buildings throughout the EU.


LIFE BIPV aims to demonstrate innovative BIPV installations in buildings located in two EU regions with different climatic characteristics. The first installation will be in an existing building undergoing refurbishment, and will show the impact and applicability of the approach in old buildings. The second installation will be in a new building, and will demonstrate a wide range of applications and combinations of glass products. The project’s scale (two façades of 500 m²) will ensure the results can be replicated and transferred.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Demonstrate a new BIPV facade that enables a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions in new and existing buildings;
  • Prove the economic feasibility of the BIPV system at demonstration scale and thus reach the last step before commercialisation by the end of the project. Feasibility will be monitored and proved through Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE);
  • Widely disseminate the project’s results to show its impact on the reduction of CO2 emissions in achieving net-zero-buildings, and the enhancement of standards in the construction and renovation sector; and
  • Optimise energy consumption in existing and new buildings, and contribute to meeting EU minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings.
  • Expected results:

  • A decrease of 12 195 tonnes of CO2 per year (42%) in Spain and 7,920 tonnes of CO2 per year (27%) in Belgium, or an average decrease of 34% average compared to an average building with full consumption from the grid;
  • A reduction of the carbon footprint by at least 50% with its solar harvesting technology (Heliafilm, i.e. thin film) compared to c-Si photovoltaic systems (according to a combined study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, c-Si emits about 46g of CO2 per generated kWh, compared to the target of demonstrating an average footprint of 20g of CO2 per kWh);
  • A decrease of the materials and installation costs from €1,108 /m2 to €792-1,003 /m2 (a reduction of 10-30%) compared to c-Si photovoltaic systems (the target is to reach a LCOE of €0.30-0.36 per kWh (c-Si is 0.36 €/kWh); and
  • Improved public perception of the technology, which will have been assessed through 100 surveys to evaluate the technology’s acceptance and the aesthetics of the BIPV system.



Environmental issues addressed:

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator AGC Glass Europe SA
Type of organisation International enterprise
Description AGC Glass Europe, which is based in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, produces and processes flat glass for the construction industry, the automotive industry, solar applications and various specialist industries. AGC Glass Europe, the European branch of AGC Glass, the world’s leading producer of flat glass, currently employs 13 500 people.

AGC Glass Europe has developed expertise and launched products integrating electrical components into glazing, including laminated glass (e.g. Glassiled). AGC Glass Europe announced at the end of 2010 the release of its first product range of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) products.

Partners COMSA INSTALACIONES Y SISTEMAS INDUSTRIALES, S.L., Spain AGC Mirodan, Belgium Sapa Building Systems NV, Belgium Heliatek, Germany


Project reference LIFE16 CCM/BE/000120
Duration 01-JUL-2017 to 30-JUN -2020
Total budget 4,479,091.00 €
EU contribution 2,622,654.00 €
Project location Vlaams Gewest(België - Belgique) Région Wallonne(België - Belgique) Bruxelles-Brussel(België - Belgique) Schleswig-Holstein(Deutschland) Hamburg(Deutschland) Niedersachsen(Deutschland) Bremen(Deutschland) Nordrhein-Westfalen(Deutschland) Hessen(Deutschland) Rheinland-Pfalz(Deutschland) Baden-Württemberg(Deutschland) Bayern(Deutschland) Saarland(Deutschland) Berlin(Deutschland) Brandenburg(Deutschland) Mecklenburg-Vorpommern(Deutschland) Sachsen(Deutschland) Sachsen-Anhalt(Deutschland) Thüringen(Deutschland) Galicia(España) Asturias(España) Cantabria(España) País Vasco(España) Navarra(España) Rioja(España) Aragón(España) Madrid(España) Castilla-León(España) Castilla-La Mancha(España) Extremadura(España) Cataluña(España) Comunidad Valenciana(España) Baleares(España) Andalucía(España) Murcia(España) Ceuta y Melilla(España) Canarias(España)


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