Research program title
Simulation study of photovoltaic system integration in buildings and communities to provide input to public policy
Andreas Athienitis and Ursula Eicker
The objective of the project will be to study the broad application of solar systems, including photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) and semitransparent photovoltaics (STPV) to buildings, communities, public spaces and infrastructure so as to enhance resilience of the built environment and contribute to achieving high reductions in GHG emissions (at least 80% reduction). It will include both existing and new communities. Through widespread adoption of solar systems in the built environment, emissions from buildings as well as from transportation can be greatly reduced by using the solar electricity for building appliances, lighting and electric vehicle charging. The proposed research will utilize a simulation approach. It will integrate models developed for STPV and PV/T technologies under related research in CZEBS in an urban modeling platform. The project will provide input to national policies and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) “Roadmap to Resilient, Ultra-Low Energy Built Environment with Deep Integration of Renewables in 2050”.
Academic qualifications required
PhD in engineering/applied science with experience in building thermal and solar systems modeling and simulation.