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Name projectHybrid Solar Façade of Fiat Research Centre (CRF)
Year2003-03 (Start operation date)
PV applicationFaçade - integrated other
PV power total19.5 kWp
LocationOrbassano, Turin
Latitude/Longitude45°7'0"N 7°23'0"E
SummaryIn 2001, on the occasion of the first regional call for financing under the Photovoltaic Roof Programme promoted by the Italian Ministry of Environment, the CRF commissioned an intervention of energy retrofit of the south façade (inclined at 53° from horizontal) of the building premise that accommodates the office canteen at Orbassano (Turin). The solar façade was realized under the cooperation between CRF and Politecnico di Milano. The façade has dual functions of electrical and thermal energy generation. The photovoltaic elements, that has a total power of 19.5 kWp, produces electric energy, while the forced air circulation beneath the modules recovers the thermal fraction of captured solar radiation and cools the cells as well. The electricity generated by the photovoltaic panels is used to feed a heat pump and internal electrical requirements. The produced heat is used by the air conditioning plant of the kitchen: in winter for pre-heating of the renewal air and in summer to feed the system of dehumidification (desiccant cooling) This integrated solar façade is being monitored on-line by a highly sophisticated monitoring system, managed by the technicians of CRF.
Keywords(PVT) pv/thermal-systems

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