Life Cycle Design of Building Integrated Photovoltaic Systems
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National Science Foundation - Lucent Technologies Industrial Ecology Research Fellowship
Life cycle design, an element of Industrial Ecology and the basis of our work, is concerned with the systematic analysis of material and energy flows associated with a product system. CSS developed a computer software tool (Photovoltaic - Building Integrated Lifecycle Design Tool, or PV-BILD) to conduct a comprehensive BIPV assessment by incorporating the life cycle material and energy flow analysis with economic and policy factors pertaining to the BIPV product system. (A simplified schematic of the tool can be viewed here. (8k PDF file)) PV-BILD will enhance the design, planning, and policy making capabilities of those who influence the implementation of BIPV technology.
You may download a working copy of the PV-BILD software tool by right-clicking on this link BIPV v1.1 (4MB Excel file with macros). Save the file to your local drive, then open it directly rather than through the web browser. After prompting you for particular location, shingle product, inverter, installation cost, etc., it will save a Result.xls file to your default location.
A Project Summary of our previous life cycle design project with UniSolar is available here. (30k PDF file)
A listing of links to other interesting PV, BIPV and solar sites.
William Lord's Maine Solar House
|Gregory Keoleian||U of M SNRE, Assistant Research Scientist, CSS Co-Director|
|Geoffrey Lewis||U of M SNRE, CSS Research Associate|
|Daniel Mazmanian||U of M SNRE, Dean and Professor|
|Michael Moore||U of M SNRE, Associate Professor|
|Mojtaba Navvab||U of M CAUP, Associate Professor|
|Michael Wagner||U of M UROP student|
|Subhendu Guha||United Solar, VP of Research and Technology|
|Kevin Hoffman||United Solar, Senior Production Manager|