Pushing the BIPV envelope

Building integrated photovoltaics: Despite universally positive forecasts, the reality for BIPV has been one of low market share, insipid growth and perceived expense.

But with new environmental directives on the horizon and a handful of innovative technologies improving e!ciency and lowering costs, is BIPV poised to enter the mainstream? Leading industry analysts may dier on the details, but their forecasts all arrive at the same conclusion: €e BIPV sector is on the cusp of surging growth.Currently worth an estimated ‚$2 billion, BIPV’s market share forecasts are unstintingly positive.Accenture Plc predicts the sector to reach a value of $7.5 billion by 2015‚…†„. A ‚…†‚2012 NanoMarkets report expects the BIPV glass market alone will be worth $6.4 billion by 2016‚…†‡. In 2011‚…††, Pike Research predicted that installed BIPV capacity will reach ˆ4.6 GW by 2017‚…†ƒ, while Frost and Sullivan were the relatively sober voice amid the hubbub, envisaging in ‚…††2011 comparatively modest growth of 108†…Š% by ‚…†‡2016.

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