International Journal of Photoenergy

Advanced Solar Technologies in Buildings

Publishing date
01 Aug 2019
Submission deadline
29 Mar 2019

Lead Editor

1University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

2University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

3Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK

4University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

Advanced Solar Technologies in Buildings


The utilization of solar energy has steadily increased over the last decades leading to a considerable expansion and development of the solar industry. Buildings are one of the most important application sectors for solar energy technologies since they can contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment. Further research opportunities are still growing, looking at novel building applications, using innovative materials devices, advanced system configurations, design and management strategies, and novel modelling and assessment techniques.

Making solar technologies cost-effective, reducing the environmental and cost impacts of their production, installation, and disposal processes (i.e., life-cycle analysis, LCA), allowing the integration with existing facilities and infrastructures, and technical and economic optimization of design and management, smart controls, market, and policy aspects are some of the outstanding challenges.

Therefore, this special issue is intended to gather significant research contributions and review papers on theoretical and practical applications of innovative solar technologies in buildings. It will accept articles reporting original research with recent experimental and numerical findings on technical and economic optimization of solar system processes in buildings. Comparisons between market-ready solar technologies and promising innovative solutions based (but not limited to) on LCA techniques and heuristic approaches are particularly welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advanced solar thermal collectors for building applications
  • Photovoltaic (PV) and hybrid PV systems in building
  • Advanced photoactive materials for building
  • Hybrid and integrated thermal and photovoltaic technologies in building
  • Thermal and electrical energy storage solutions for solar systems in buildings
  • Solar cooling and passive solar systems
  • Innovative numerical modelling approaches for solar systems
  • Smart control algorithms for advanced solar systems
  • Life-cycle analyses of advanced and innovative solar technologies
  • Thermal and electrical energy storage solutions for solar systems in building
  • Energy flexibility and demand response techniques for solar energy technologies
  • Investment, markets, and policy assessments of solar technologies


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 1709375
  • - Editorial

Advanced Solar Technologies in Buildings

Mattia De Rosa | Paolo Conti | ... | Vincenzo Bianco
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 1681353
  • - Research Article

An Improved Empirical Model for Estimation of Temperature Effect on Performance of Photovoltaic Modules

Abdul Rehman Jatoi | Saleem Raza Samo | Abdul Qayoom Jakhrani
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8680931
  • - Research Article

Flexible, Front-Facing Luminescent Solar Concentrators Fabricated from Lumogen F Red 305 and Polydimethylsiloxane

Ian A. Carbone | Katelynn R. Frawley | Melissa K. McCann
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 6501785
  • - Research Article

Design and Dynamic Modelling of a Hybrid Power System for a House in Nigeria

Lawrence O. Aghenta | M. Tariq Iqbal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4967148
  • - Research Article

Design and Analysis of a Stand-Alone PV System for a Rural House in Pakistan

Amjad Iqbal | M. Tariq Iqbal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8560193
  • - Research Article

Performance Modelling of Dual Air/Water Collector in Solar Water and Space Heating Application

Viacheslav Shemelin | Tomas Matuska
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 1609234
  • - Research Article

Numerical Investigations on Charging/Discharging Performance of a Novel Truncated Cone Thermal Energy Storage Tank on a Concentrated Solar Power System

Qianjun Mao | Ning Liu | Li Peng
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