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Solar Market Outlook in Slovakia

The Slovakian Energy Ministry is committed to pushing its renewable energy sector in order to achieve its target in the next 5 years or so. Majority of the solar energy sector is dependent on supply equipment from the US and other global developers of PV systems in order to meet its targets. 

The current electric generation in Slovakia is lower than most other European countries. The Ministry of Energy wants to change that by opening up tenders for renewable auctions, citing that solar projects will have the largest share. The new clean energy scheme in the country wants to promote higher efficiency energy sources and the planned auctions will help them achieve that through more solar power projects.

The solar PV installations in Slovakia are mostly attributed to the residential installations with 472 MW of installed solar PV capacity as of 2019. The government is seeing a huge potential for solar energy generation in the country and it is reflected in the growing demand in supply for solar panels for roof installations. The potential for solar energy is estimated at 5,200 GWh per year. 

Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Slovakia

Majority of the solar power equipment suppliers and distributors in Slovakia are from foreign investors such as those from the US, Germany, France, and Italy. 

Top 8 Major Seaports & Logistics in Slovakia

To facilitate the logistics and transport of solar power equipment in Slovakia, the country has two major ports in operation today:

  • the Port of Bratislava 
  • the Port of Komarno.

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BIPV

What is a Building Integrated Photovoltaic or a BIPV?

Building Integrated Photovoltaics serves more than one purpose. BIPVs produce electricity by the piezoelectric effect and serve as protection for any structure. 

BIPVs are installed to provide shed, block sunlight, and give a modern look to any building, all this while producing electricity from sunlight.

Where is a BIPV used?

A BIPV is integrated into a structure like conventional buildings. BIPVs replace glass windows with Solar windows, parking shed rooftops with solar roofs and solar shades in place of translucent covers. All these changes make the look of any structure modern while being extremely useful.

Types of Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Solar panels are silicon-based photovoltaic cells that produce electricity from sunlight. With micro adjustments according to the application, these cells transform into BIPVs. Based on various applications, there are broadly four types of BIPVs.

 

Four types of BIPV products

Image credit: Research Gate

  • Solar-Facades: Solar Facades’ integration in building structures keeps the noise and air pollution out and gives any building a visual identity. This all while producing green energy.
  • Solar-Window: Solar windows find their application both in residential and commercial properties. These windows look like any other windows but with solar modules.
  • Solar-Roofs: Solar roofs like that of Tesla Energy in the USA are becoming popular. In conventional rooftops, these solar tiles replace asphalt tiles. Every tile acts as an individual cell and connects in series to generate electricity.
  • PV-Sunshades: Parking lot sheds are the best example of PV-Sunshades. Additionally, these shades protect buildings from direct sunlight.

How does a BIPV work?

BIPVs use opaque or transparent solar cells connected in series to each other to give a substantial amount of current output. These photovoltaics are located in the portion of the building exposed to the sun the most.

What are big manufacturing brands of BIPVs?

Tesla Energy is one major brand in the USA backed by Elon Musk. They manufacture solar cell tiles for residential rooftops. Customers get a variety of tiles according to the required strength and size.

Some other contributors in this niche are:

  • D2solar
  • Mysolar USA  
  • Omnis Power USA Inc  
  • Redwood Renewables
  • Skyco Skylights
  • Solaria
  • Sonali Solar USA