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Analysis of the Technological Innovation System for BIPV in Australia

This report analyzes the Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) industry in Australia using the Technological Innovation System (TIS) approach. It examines the industry’s evolution, pinpointing its strengths and weaknesses to enhance understanding of its development trajectory. Targeting BIPV suppliers, design consultants, building developers, and government authorities, the analysis identifies strategic opportunities and barriers to BIPV adoption. It reviews the industry from its early installations in 2000 to its recent advancements and presents strategic recommendations aimed at expanding the BIPV market in Australia. This includes boosting knowledge sharing, improving regulations, and increasing market engagement.

The main authors have identified the following 3 Key Takeaways from the report: 

  1. BIPV-integrated roof sheets, tiles, skylights, and rainscreens currently operate in a niche market, while other applications like balustrades, curtain walls, and windows are still in the demonstration phase in Australia 
  2. Award-winning BIPV applications, including rainscreen facades, windows, balustrades, roof sheets, tiles, and skylights, have been installed in Australia, but most are of relatively small capacity. 
  3. A small group of experts from industry and academia is creating a knowledge and resource pool for the BIPV market in Australia, which has high growth potential with active engagement from stakeholders across sectors and effective policy implementation.