Cost Optimization of BIPV application

In this application, the goal is to find the cost-optimal set up of Building Integrated Photovoltaic panels (BIPV) onto an existing building. BIMSolar for the simulation of solar irradiance and Xtreme for numerical optimization are used. A cost model is developed to compute the cost of any BIPV setup on that building.

A numerical model was also developed to compute the energy flux in and out of the building including batteries. The design variables are the number of photovoltaic modules on each facade of the building. We were able to define the best BIPV set up and the optimal battery size as a function of the investment budget.