Photovoltaics will play a central role in our sustainable energy future.

Today, the demand for photovoltaics around the world is huge.

More potential sites offer huge opportunities for the future addition of thousands of gigawatts.

In 2019, 48 GW of photovoltaic solutions were installed in Germany, of which approximately 75% was installed on roofs, while the rest were systems on vacant sites. However, regarding large vacant sites it can already be predicted today that a further huge increase will lead to societal conflicts and problems with acceptance.

Today, the solution is: integration of PV technology in façades and/or on roofs of buildings of all kinds, in vehicles and on transportation routes, as well as their incorporation on agricultural land and water. Therefore, the new and modern integrated PV technology is not only solving the current site usage conflicts, it is above all creating additional huge synergy effects.

The integration of PV technologies in building envelops, carports, vehicles and transport routes as well as on agriculture and water sites taps into a huge site potential for future energy generation.

If a building has to date exclusively been an energy consumer requiring heating and electricity from outside, using modern PV façade modules it can now independently generate its own requirement of energy. The area potential in façades is based on the integration of photovoltaics in construction elements, which alongside electricity generation also have traditional functions, such as heat insulation and protection against wind and rain, and accentuating the individual architecture.

The future belongs to made-to-measure PV systems, which are tailored to a building. Solar farms on the flat roofs of large industrial buildings and large residential properties will also continue to grow in importance.

Furthermore, the integrated façade solution offers building owners the opportunity to fully meet energy building regulations, which will become increasingly strict.

Urban areas, such as large urban carports or large squares, where designed PV systems function as shade providers, offer further potential. In addition, various types of floating PV systems are on the rise. They can be installed in gravel pits, lakes, flooded opencast lignite mines or ponds.

Additionally, agricultural PV is taking off agricultural land on a large scale. Agricultural PV solutions are being deployed in particular on fruit farms and in vineyards. In a positive way, they are replacing the previously deployed plastic polythene tunnels, which were not good for the environment.

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