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BI PV Project Details
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
© Niccolo Aste

Project summary
In 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.

Best practice project
Won Eurosolar 2003 prize (category: Owner)

Special PV project info
PV architecture and building integration
PV ownership
Tariffs and meteringNet-metering
Remarks and recommended readingDescribed in the book entitled ' Il fotovoltaico in architettura' by Niccolo Aste (in Italian), Sistemi Editoriali 2005 Milan

Other project data
Type of projectDemonstration Project
Other relevant aspectsCo-generation applied
Start of PV project2001-02-01
Start operation PV system2003-03
Project leading companyDetraco s.r.l. Milan
Project contact personNiccolò Aste
Contact emailniccolo.aste@polimi.it
Contact addressvia Garofalo 39, Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milan
Part of Urban Scale project

Building data
Use and function of the buildingFacilities - unknown other or mixed
Building typeNon-residential buildings - 3 or 4 floors (low rise)
New/Retrofit/AddedRetrofit building integration
PV building addressCentro Ricerche Fiat, Strada Torino 50, 10043 Orbassano (TO), Italy

PV system
PV applicationFaçade - integrated other
PV power total project19.5 kWp
Number of dwellings/units0
PV power per dwellings/units0 kWp
PV system typeGrid-connected - demand side
PV module typeFramed - regular module
PV cell typeCrystalline silicon - multi
PV module brand and typeBP solar type BP SX 150 L
PV inverter brand and type
Includes PV database product(s) 

PV cost and energy production
PV system investment
PV modules only costs
PV energy yield22100 kWh Measured (2004)
PV energy user ownerFiat Research Centre

Names and Addresses
Building OwnerPV ownerArchitectMain PV manufacturer
NameFiat Research CentreFiat Research CentreNiccolo Aste and Vito FinziBP Solar
AddressCentro Ricerche Fiat, Strada Torino 50, 10043 Orbassano (TO), ItalyCentro Ricerche Fiat, Strada Torino 50, 10043 Orbassano (TO), ItalyStudio Aste, Piazza Verdi 12, 39100 Bolzano

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Other websites
Webpage Educational Toolwww.bipvtool.com/index.php?case=Italy

1. FIAT-SolarFacade.pdf (language: English)

(PVT) pv/thermal-systems