Dem4BIPV

Development of innovative educational material for building-integrated photovoltaics

Duration: 2015 – 2018 ● Client: European Commission (Erasmus+) ● WIP Expertise: Communication and Dissemination, Market uptake ● www.dem4bipv.eu

The aim of the Dem4BiPV project is to develop an innovative and multidisciplinary high quality course for Building-integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) to train the BIPV professionals of the future. The course will be implemented at the postgraduate level and will be part of a Master’s in Sustainable Energy in a number of leading universities in Europe.

Dem4BiPV is based on the principle of European cooperation through which innovative educational material utilizing ICTs will emerge on the topic of BIPV, which is of crucial importance for the future development and penetration of the PV market in Europe with a potential significant contribution in meeting Europe’s energy challenges. Education and training are crucial for both economic and social progress, and aligning skills with labour market needs plays a key role in this. This project has been designed and structured so as to meet the real needs of the PV market and contributes positively to EU benchmarks for 2020 in relation to education. It also indirectly tackles fast-rising youth unemployment, as it places emphasis on delivering the right skills for employment in the BIPV industry and increasing the efficiency of higher education in the field of sustainable energy and on working collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders.

Innovation (through the utilization of ICT, VLE, and remote labs), sustainability (partnership between academia, industry and other stakeholders) as well as significant impact for academic institutions, industry and other stakeholders are the main drivers of this Erasmus+ project.