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American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2017, 5(1), 24-32
DOI: 10.12691/ajme-5-1-5
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Design and Feasibility Analysis of Building Integrated PV (BIPV) System: Case Study in Bahir Dar University Lecture Halls Building

Mulugeta Tadesse1,

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia

Pub. Date: January 19, 2017

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Mulugeta Tadesse. Design and Feasibility Analysis of Building Integrated PV (BIPV) System: Case Study in Bahir Dar University Lecture Halls Building. American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2017; 5(1):24-32. doi: 10.12691/ajme-5-1-5


Building Integrated Photovoltaic System (BIPV) is the integration of Photovoltaic (PV) into the building envelope in the top, the facades and or may be used for the building which is built already without PV integration. That is installing or hanging of PV panel in different positron of the building. When the building is integrated with PV panel, it is used as a construction material and again save extra area requirement of installation and at the time it generates the required amount of energy for the habitants of the building is to get from free natural solar energy. Integrating BU in photovoltaic system is the aim to save the large power cost without taking large area for the installation of the photovoltaic panel since the university occupied by large number of students, workers and staffs members. The total estimated cost of initial investment for materials such as PV panels, battery, charge controller, inverter and like is $63,040. It is estimated as BIPV system total cost in the 25years life time is $176,815 which lower than that of the total national grid electricity cost by $40, 185.2 using in HOMER software implementation.

BIPV battery HOMER software inverter PV panel

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