BIPV - Building Integrated Photovoltaic

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Colterenzio Winery

BIPV architectural system: 
Semi-transparent roof
Tilted roof
Building use: 
BIPV integration year: 
Between 2013 and 2018
Eurac Research
Colterenzio winery BIPV system (Günter Richard Wett)
Str. Vino 8, Appiano (BZ), Italy

The design process involved the Colterenzio Winery chairman Maximilian Niedermayr and the project teams, including the bergmeisterwolf architecture firm which gave to the old winery a new appearance (together with the architecture collaborators Roland Decarli and Jürgen Prosch), and the Fleischmann & Jansen engineering firm, which provided the structural design and an energy and economic assessment of the BIPV plant. Solarwatt AG provided the photovoltaic modules. The installation was entrusted to Obrist Gmbh. It was concluded in 2014.

Aesthetic integration

The Colterenzio Winery headquarter comes from the refurbishment of existing structures from the 1970s. The old buildings have undergone a major restoration that integrated the tradition of the oak wood with the innovation of modern materials and technologies. The BIPV system is part of the translucent glass roof of a steel canopy placed within the building’s complex. It is made of semi-transparent modules that provide an aesthetically attractive shading effect.

Energy integration

The integrated photovoltaic system was calculated to have an annual production of 28,300 kWh (Eng. Klaus Fleischmann). It contributes, together with the other PV system installed on the headquarter buildings, to 55% of the winery electricity consumption, mainly due to the machineries and the air conditioning system of the wine cellar. The most of the generated electricity is self-consumed by the buildings. The use of the photovoltaic technology is added to a combined technique of solar panels and efficient capture of the heat, able to provide 70% of all hot water required (Colterenzio Winery).

Technology integration

The 184 integrated PV modules Solarwatt (M140-36 GEG LK XL) are standard semi-transparent panels made of 36 monocrystalline cells placed between glazed laminates. They are mounted as a simple glass into the canopy roofing system and naturally ventilated. The bearing structure is made of steel profiles that guarantee the roof water tightness.

Decision making

Since 2009, the Colterenzio Winery headquarter has been under renovation to be harmonized and steered towards environmental sustainability. Energy saving, costs reduction and an environmentally friendly high-quality wine production are the main goals that led the company to equip all buildings with photovoltaic and solar panels. A semi-transparent BIPV plant was integrated on the canopy in order to achieve a high aesthetic quality. It did not require substantial changes to the original architectural appearance. No special requirements in relation to the building permit were needed (Colterenzio Winery).

Lesson learnt

Achieving a high aesthetic quality was one of the main design purposes, together with the energy performance. Thanks to the BIPV shading effect, the space covered by the solar canopy takes on an attractive appearance, a composition of light and shadow changing throughout the day. This allows an area usually used for the grapes storage to be used also for different purposes. The canopy is sometimes a place used as a venue for events (bergmeisterwolf). This case study showed how the BIPV technology can be used in order to improve the potentialities of a construction. All its functions should be analysed from the beginning of the design process to maximize the PV integration benefits. So, all the stakeholders (owner, designers, consultants, technics, etc.) should be involved to work together (bergmeisterwolf).



Project type: 
Building function: 
Integration system: 
Semi-transparent tilted roof


Module type: 
Standard modules
Solar technology: 
Monocrystalline silicon
System capacity [kWp]: 
System size [m²]: 
Module size [mm]: 
1,600 x 800
Tilt [°]: 


Total cost [€]: 


Maria Reiche Straße 2A, Dresden, Germany


Str. Vino 8, Appiano (BZ), Italy

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