Literature and web-resources related to BIPV are given below, including links to international databases. For publications and popular-scientific articles resulting from the BIPVNO project, see the Publications page.


BIPV Design and Performance Modelling: Tools and Modelling. IEA PVPS Task 15 report T15-09:2019. Download from

Analysis of requirements, specifications and regulation of BIPV. IEA PVPS Task 15 report T15-08:2019. Download from

Coloured BIPV: Market, Research and Development. IEA PVPS Task 15 report T15-07:2019. Download from

Compilation and Analysis of User Needs for BIPV and its Functions. IEA PVPS Task 15 report T15-06:2019. Download from

BIPV research teams & BIPV R&D facilities. An international mapping, second version. IEA PVPS Task 15 report T15-05:2018. Download from

International definitions of "BIPV". IEA PVPS Task 15 report T15-04:2018. Download from

Transitions towards Sound BIPV Business Models. IEA PVPS Task 15 report T15-03:2018. Download from

Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Product overview for solar building skins. Status Report 2017, SUPSI (Swiss BIPV Competence Centre) and SEAC (Solar Energy Application Centre, Netherlands), NOv. 2, 2017. Download from

BIPV market and stakeholder survey: Summary of results. PVSITES Report, Jan. 30, 2016. Download from

Nearly zero-energy building concepts for the application of BIPV elements. PVSITES Report, Dec. 8, 2016. Download from

Architectural and aesthetical requirements for BIPV building elements in PVSITES. PVSITES Report, Sep. 15, 2016. Download from

End-Of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and IEA-PVPS, June 2016. Download.

Methodology Guidelines on Life Cycle Assessment of Photovoltaic Electricity 3rd Edition, IEA-PVPS Task 12, Jan 2016. Download.

BIPV Product Overview for Solar Facades and Roofs. BIPV Status Report 2015, Swiss BIPV Competence Centre (SUPSI) and Solar Energy Application Centre Netherlands (SEAC). Download.

Svenska Energimyndigheten (2015): Test of PV modules. Test of inverters. Download the complete report (in Swedish).

IEA PVPS Task Reports: Go to webpage.

SINTEF Byggforsk and ZEB Project Reports: Go to webpage.

Best Practice Guidelines for Solar Power Building Projects in Australia. SOLARCH Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Australia, 2005. Download.


A.G. Imenes, Performance of Zero Energy Homes in Smart Village Skarpnes, 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 5-10 Jun 2016, Portland US. Dowload Poster. Article in proceedings: Article.

A.G. Imenes, 3D Solar Maps for the Evaluation of Building Integrated Photovoltaics in Future City Districts: a Norwegian Case Study, 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 5-10 Jun 2016, Portland US. Download Poster. Article in proceedings: Article.

A.G. Imenes, H.-G. Beyer, K. Boysen, J.O. Odden, R.E. Grundt, Performance of grid-connected PV system in Southern Norway, 42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 14-19 Jun 2015, New Orleans US. Download Poster. Article in proceedings: Article.

B.P. Jelle, The challenge of removing snow downfall on photovoltaic solar cell roofs in order to maximize solar energy efficiency — Research opportunities for the future, Energy and Buildings 67 (2013), pp. 334-351. Article.

C. Breivik, B.P. Jelle, B. Time, Ø. Holmberget, J. Nygård, E. Bergheim, A. Dalehaug, Large-scale experimental wind-driven rain exposure investigations of building integrated photovoltaics, Solar Energy 90 (2013), pp. 179-187. Article.

K. Midtdal and B.P. Jelle, Self-Cleaning Glazing Products: A State-of-the-Art Review and Future Research Pathways, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 109 (2013), pp. 126-141. Article.

T. Kolås and A.K. Royset, Solar Reflection Losses in Cover Glass with Asymmetric V-grooves for Vertical South oriented PV-module, Optics for Solar Energy 2012, Eindhoven Netherlands, 11-14 Nov 2012, OSA Publishing. Article.

B.P. Jelle and C. Breivik, State-of-the-art Building Integrated Photovoltaics, Energy Procedia 20 (2012), pp. 68-77. Article.

B.P. Jelle, C. Breivik and H.D. Røkenes, Building Integrated Photovoltaic Products: A State-of-the-Art Review and Future Research Opportunities, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 100 (2012), pp. 69-96. Article.

B.P. Jelle and C. Breivik, The Path to the Building Integrated Photovoltaics of Tomorrow, Energy Procedia 20 (2012), pp. 78-87. Article.

Characterization and Analysis of Photovoltaic Modules and the Solar Resource Based on In-Situ Measurements in Southern Norway. Georgi Hristov Yordanov, PhD thesis, NTNU, November 2012. Download Report.

Building Integrated Photovoltaics - A State-of-the-Art Review, Future Research Opportunities and Large-Scale Experimental Wind-Driven Rain Exposure Investigations. Christer Breivik, MSc thesis, NTNU, June 2012. Download Report.

Photonic crystals for light trapping in solar cells. Jo Gjessing, PhD thesis, University of Oslo, October 2011. Download Report.


IEA PVPS Task 15 Enabling framework for the acceleration of BIPV: Go to webpage.

IEA PVPS Task 13 Performance, Operation and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems: Go to webpage.

IEA PVPS Task 10 Urban-Scale Photovoltaic Applications: Go to webpage.

IEA SHC Task 41 Solar Energy in Architecture: Go to webpage.

European Photovoltaic Technology Platform: Go to webpage.

SOPHIA European Research Infrastructure - BIPV: Go to webpage.

Photovoltaic Education Network Resources ( PVCDROM): Go to webpage.


The EURAC Research Institute for Renewable Energy runs the website The website includes an updated product database for BIPV modules and mounting systems, as well as BIPV case studies from several countries. The website is open for submission of new case studies and products."

The PVSITES project "Building-integrated photovoltaic technologies and systems for large-scale market deployment" is a collaborative European project under the Horizon 2020 programme. Reports from the project can be downloaded from the pvsites webpage.

The Swiss BIPV competence centre runs the website www.bipv-ch. The website includes information about PV technology integration in buildings and different projects in Europe. A database can be accessed that contains information about BIPV modules and fastening systems.

The IEA PVPS Task10 Urban-Scale Photovoltaic Applications has created a database of BIPV and BAPV products and projects, including best practices: Task 10 Urban PV Database.

The IEA PVPS Task13 Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems has developed a performance database to compare PV systems of different designs and in different locations. The database is open for anyone to register and may be accessed here: Task 13 PV Performance Database.

Other related European projects and product databases: (i) archdaily and archiproducts, (ii) architizer, (iii) europaconcorsi, (iv) bimobject and nationalbimlibrary, (v) FutureBuilt.