Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV): Technologies and Global Markets

Published - Jan 2015| Analyst - Michael Kujawa| Code - EGY072B
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Report Highlights

The global building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) revenue to photovoltaic manufacturers was valued at about $1.3 billion in 2013 and increasing to $1.4 billion in 2014. This is expected to increase to $1.9 billion by 2019, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% for the five-year period, 2014 to 2019.

Report Includes

  • An in-depth overview of the global markets for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2013 and 2014, and projections of CAGRs through 2019.
  • Examination of the impacts of a concentration of PV production capacity in China and the emergence of c-Si and poly-Si technologies as significant components of the BIPV industry along with a-Si, CIGS, and eventually DSSC and OPV materials.
  • Quantification of existing and near-future markets for BIPV capacity by PV technologies, annual capacity additions, application sector, and revenue to manufacturers.
  • Profiles of two emergent BIPV market sectors that are exhibiting signs of exponential growth, with minimal market potentials of billions of dollars.


This report identifies commercial and near-commercial BIPV technologies, the manufacturers and partner building component product manufacturers. The present to mid-term markets for each type of BIPV application are characterized and quantified in terms of capacity (MW) for the installed product, revenue to the PV manufacturers and capacity breakdown by PV technology. Projections are made of the market value (or at least regional price) of the wholesale value of the PV component of the installed products.

Where the global market has grown sufficiently for a particular BIPV “niche,” country and regional breakdowns are provided by geographic region and country. Much of this depends on the type of building component used in a particular region or country, and whether a suitable BIPV product has been developed, tested in the field, certified for installation and brought up to production levels that can satisfy market demand.

The various BIPV niche markets are examined in terms of type of exterior building component class, PV technology offerings, geographic region, generating capacity and revenue to the manufacturer. Additional characterizations are made of the market structures, quantities and relative strengths of adjunct product manufacturers, such as metal, composite, tile and TPO roofing companies, window glass and window manufacturers, and vendors, designers and installers of architectural fabrics and building cladding (weather envelopes). Smaller market opportunities such as skylighting and sunshading are also investigated.

The market structure discussion includes consideration of the forces shaping the markets, and successful strategies the early entrants into the market are making. This report also investigates national and regional public financial incentive strategies and regulatory regimes that help or hinder the development of each BIPV market segment. The way in which each type of PV technology fits (or doesn’t) into a given BIPV niche is examined. The coverage extends to c-Si, poly-Si, a-Si, CdTe, DSSC and OPV products.


Michael Kujawa has authored market research reports covering a wide gamut of renewable energy technologies, including topics such as bulk power installations of photovoltaics, large wind turbines, small hydro, biogas, geothermal and ocean energy conversion systems. He has also covered global markets for stationary and transportation fuel cells, cogeneration equipment, building management systems, distributed generation and U.S. markets for power production machinery in a deregulated power industry. Mr. Kujawa has co-founded several companies engaged in the development of clean energy technologies, onshore and offshore wind projects, and multi-megawatt solar parks.

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Published - Jan-2011| Analyst - Michael Kujawa| Code - EGY072A

Report Highlights

Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) currently make up a small but noticeable part of the world PV market. The global market was valued at 1,201 megawatts in 2010 and is expected to increase at a 56% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach a capacity of 11,392 megawatts in 2015.


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