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Implementation of a BIPV plant at Centro de Tecnologia Informação Renato Archer

Hengstum, Q.T. van (2013) Implementation of a BIPV plant at Centro de Tecnologia Informação Renato Archer.

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Abstract:As the problems with the current fossil fuel based energy system are getting more apparent the transition towards a more sustainable energy future is on the top of the political agendas across the world. One source of renewable energy that can play an important role in this future is solar energy. In Brazil the research institute Centro de Tecnologia da Informação Renato Archer (CTI) was interested in installing a 300 KW/year building integrated photovoltaics plant at their facility located in Campinas. In this plant regular crystalline solar wafers go through an assembly line that can integrate them into a wide variety of building structures such as walls and rooftops. In this way the solar panels become a part of the building instead of an addition to it. During this internship a variety of actions were taken towards realizing the fulfillment of the plant. These actions include designing an appropriate floor plan, the installing and testing of the needed washing plant and mechanical arm, the installing of the solar simulation tunnel and the designing of a number of lay-up and junction box mounting tables. Unfortunately due to external factors and bureaucracy the plant was not finished during the internship period and still a lot of work is needed. However when the plant is fully installed and tested it can start its operation of producing building integrated photovoltaics and more important act as a push in the right direction for the transformation towards a more sustainable energy based future in Brazil.
Item Type:Internship Report (Master)
CTI, Brazil
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Sustainable Energy Technology MSc (60443)
Keywords:Solar energy, PV, BIPV, CTI, Brazil
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