The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) is Singapore’s national institute for applied solar energy research. SERIS is supported by the National University of Singapore (NUS), the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
SERIS conducts research, development, testing and consulting on solar energy technologies and their integration into power systems and buildings. The institute’s R&D spectrum covers materials, components, processes, systems and services, with an emphasis on solar photovoltaic cells, modules and systems. SERIS is globally active but focuses on technologies and services for tropical regions, in particular for Singapore and South-East Asia. SERIS collaborates closely with universities, research organisations, government agencies and industry, both locally and globally.
Centre of Excellence for Building-Integrated PV (BIPV) at SERIS
The Centre of Excellence (COE) for BIPV was established at SERIS in 2017 to develop innovations around BIPV and remove industrially relevant barriers towards the accelerated adoption of BIPV in Singapore and beyond, while providing a collaborative platform with relevant stakeholders from the private and public sectors.
A key element of sustainable buildings is the passive design of their envelope, especially the facades. The thermal properties of the facade determines the solar heat gain and thus the energy consumption of the entire building. The possibility of integrating photovoltaics into facades offers great opportunities for increasing the share of renewables and improving the energy balance of a building.
SERIS has broad expertise in the areas of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system design and evaluation, yield projections, technical verification, project risk assessment, real-time analytical monitoring of PV/BIPV installations, project management, owner’s engineer and quality assurance.
Dr Veronika SHABUNKO
Head of BIPV Centre of Excellence
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