• Prof. dr. ir. Johan Driesen (promotor)
  • De heer Christiaan Baert (co-promotor)
  • Prof. dr. ir. Hendrik Van Brussel (voorzitter)
  • Prof. dr. ir. Karen Allacker (secretaris)
  • Prof. dr. ir. Dirk Saelens
  • Prof. dr. ir. Jozef Poortmans
  • Dr. Michael Wetter , Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory



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3001 Heverlee


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Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs) are becoming more popular. European policies against the climate change, including the energy efficiency and net zero energy buildings (NZEB) directives, as well as the possibility for reduced energy cost make distributed power generation appealing. Furthermore, the BIPV installations might be even an economical solution considering that apart from power generation they may substitute traditional structural materials (e.g. roof tiles).
However, there are no guidelines yet concerning what is the optimal electrical system configuration, i.e. nanogrid architecture, DC vs. AC wiring conversion topology, neither the optimal building-specific elements, i.e. ventilation, tilt angle etc.

This research aims to deliver a validated simulation methodology, based on a comprehensive, holistic approach. Utilizing completed and ongoing research within the research group and EnergyVille makes it feasible to elaborate such a methodology in detail in every aspect, a holistic methodology. Photovoltaic, nanogrid, building and district models are combined under a unified BIPV simulation methodology aiming to support the optimal design from both an electrical- and a

Using the proposed simulation methodology allows the user to compare different architectures based on broad key performance indicators (KPIs) able to capture intra- and inter-system interactions useful from both an electrical- and a building-point of view.