PVACCEPT - Research Project Design Photovoltaics  

Innovative Moduls
Demonstration Objects
Life Cycle Assessment
Itinerant Exhibition
Book Solar Design


Project Aims and Finance

PVACCEPT was a German-Italian research and demonstration project from 2001 to 2004, which was funded by the European Commission within the programme "Innovation and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises". The project, which was initiated by architects in Berlin, aimed above all at developing marketable solar modules for electricity generation (photovoltaic modules), the innovative design of which would enable new possibilities of integration into old buildings, historical sites, the urban space and landscapes. Thus a bigger acceptance for photovoltaics should be created to support the European aims of sustainable development, environmentally-friendly energy generation and "soft" tourism in the long run. The complex project included acceptability studies and life cycle assessments.

Project Results

The results of the project are set on different levels:
- innovative products (photovoltaic modules)
- built solar plants, which demonstrate some
  of the main innovative design possibilities
  that were developed by the project
- acceptability study in different parts
- the research report, which includes the life
  cycle analyses of the innovative modules
- itinerant exhibition in different languages
- the bilingual book Solar Design, which goes
  beyond the scope of the project and
  includes a detailed chapter on the
  technological basics as well as the
  presentation of 38 best practice examples of
  photovoltaic installations in old buildings,
  urban space and landscapes

Innovative Modules and Demonstration Objects

The project succeeded in developing photovoltaic modules with innovative features concerning formats, colours and surfaces and to install them in different buildings, partly under monument protection, as well as in landscapes. Thus it was proved that modern technological building elements can be integrated sensitively and inconspicuously and don't have to be in contradiction to the preservation of the heritage.

Final Report

The final report of the project, which was presented at the beginning of 2005, includes not only a specification of the procedure and the course of the project, but also the presentation of the innovatively designed modules and demonstration objects, extensive questionings concerning the acceptability, as well as the main results of the life cycle analyses, which were carried out.


Project Consortium

The project was carried out by universities, research institutes and industrial
enterprises from Germany and Italy:

  UdK - University of the Arts Berlin, Faculty of Design
     Overall project coordination, design, planning of demonstration plants

  University of Siena, Department of Chemistry
     Life cycle analyses

  IRAI - Research Institute Ambiente Italia srl, Roma
     Acceptability studies and support to coordination in Italy

  IÖW - Institute for Ecological Economy Research gGmbH, Berlin
     Acceptability studies

  Würth Solar GmbH & Co KG, Marbach
     Production of thin-film PV modules

  Sunways AG Photovoltaic Technology, Konstanz
     Production of crystalline solar cells

  BUSI IMPIANTI S.p.A., A.N.I.T. division, Bologna
     Technical planning and construction of demonstration plants in Italy

The project co-operated closely with communes and authorities at the demonstration sites.

European Observers

To test and guarantee the transferability of the project results to other European countries,
so-called observers were integrated into the discussion process:

from Austria:
  RESPECT, Institut für Integrativen Tourismus und Entwicklung, Wien
  17&4 Organisationsberatung GmbH, Wien

from France:
  ARMINES / ENSMP, Centre d'Energétique, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Paris
  CSTB, Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Paris

from the Netherlands:
  IIUE , The International Institute for the Urban Environment, Delft
  European Design Centre, Eindhoven

from Spain:
  AGENER, Agencia de Gestión Energética de la provincia de Jaén, Jaén
  SIARQ, Studio Itinerante de Arquitectura, Barcelona