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Assessment of vertical surfaces in Singapore: Update of the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Roadmap for Singapore

As a part of the “Update of the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Roadmap for SingaporeSERIS Singapore together with the BIPV Centre of Excellence in close collaboration with Patrick Janssen from Department of Architecture at NUS carried out holistic assessment of island-wide vertical and horizontal spaces in Singapore suitable for deployment of BIPV/BAPV technologies. The 3D model of Singapore in form of CityGML LoD2 was provided by Singapore Land Authority Survey & Geomatics team (thanks to Zhen Hao Ng ) led to successful solar potential assessment of all vertical surfaces island wide. Congratulations to Congyi Tan, Dr Zhang Ji, Dr Veronika Shabunko, Jack Lee Han Jie, Prof Patrick Janssen for such excellent results and valuable collaborations.

Author: V. Shabunko 2020, Video: SERIS-NUS-SLA research team 2020

Life Cycle Cost Calculator for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

The BIPV Centre of Excellence has developed the BIPV Life Cycle Cost Calculator (LCC), and integrated on the National Solar Repository (NSR) website based on the results from the technical assessment of the first BIPV test-bed.

This online toolkit is suitable for architects, developers and building owners and provides a comprehensive life cycle cost analysis of BIPV addition (for various orientations) to assess the economic feasibility of BIPV facades at an early design stage. This includes the total capital investment and a detailed breakdown of the benefits of BIPV integration, i.e. energy savings, CO2 emission avoidance and payback time.

The online BIPV LCC toolkit for tropical environments (see video below) is available online at

Author: V. Shabunko, 2018, Video: V. Shabunko 2018

Channel News Asia: Powering the Futute

To install panels on more surface areas, Singapore is also turning to building facades. This requires special panels known as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs), which can be placed on buildings in many ways.

“BIPVs can be structurally integrated into balconies. They can be used as a window facade, as cladding … and as a prefabricated system that can be easily plugged into the facade,” said Seris research fellow Veronika Shabunko.


Coloured BIPV test-bed at NUS Campus

Dr Shabunko conducted an experimental real-world test-bedding of several BIPV technologies as double-skin façade in front of the existing windows of a conference room at the School of Design and Environment (SDE) on the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus.

Three different BIPV technologies – semi-transparent PV modules with monocrystalline silicon cells,
coloured PV modules with mono-crystalline silicon cells, and opaque PV modules with multi-crystalline silicon cells – are installed and measured in real-world outdoor conditions with high-precision equipment. In addition, thermal measurements of the exterior as well as the indoor space behind the BIPV façade are carried out. The results are also relevant in a wider context, i.e. how BIPV facades can contribute to the deployment of positive low-rise, zero-energy medium rise and super-low energy high-rise buildings in Singapore

Author: V. Shabunko, Video: V. Shabunko 2017