University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)

Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI)

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognized by the Swiss Confederation. SUPSI offers more than 30 Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree courses, characterized by cutting edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation. Great care is given to research carried out in key sectors on competitively acquired projects with large European and national agencies or mandated by organizations and institutions.
The Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment (ISAAC) covers several research areas in the field of renewable energy, rational use of building energy with particular attention to green building standards, building maintenance and refurbishment, as well as environmental studies. The Research Unit, with almost 35 years of experience in photovoltaics and about 15 years in Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), is today composed of around 50 collaborators organized in different sectors (building systems, energy systems, energy sustainability and territory sectors).

The ISAAC institute collaborates with private and public entities, encouraging and supporting initiatives to increase the energy transition and the penetration of renewable energies in the residential, commercial, industrial, and public sectors, respecting the technical, economic, and social narratives of each case. The institute also has a PVlab covering a wide range of electrical, climatic and mechanical tests according to IEC– standards 61215/61730. The laboratory is accredited with ISO 17025. The building sector is active in the field of research concerning facility management and building operation, advanced building skin, sustainable materials and construction. SUPSI helps coordinate the interest of stakeholders at a regional, national and international level, seeking balanced and readily applicable solutions for end-users. The BIPV team has been active since 2004 in global expert groups of the International Energy Agency, in scientific expert committees, in competitive federal and EU innovation and pilot actions, and the main networks supporting BIPV ( The relation of SUPSI with industrial partners and stakeholders, as one mission of its mandates, allows for completion of the scientific experience with applied research focused on a high TRL and with the goal to develop, validate and demonstrate reliable and cost-effective BIPV products ready for the market.

Main role in the project:

SUPSI will actively support renovation packages design, product optimization, specification & digitalization for implementing Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions in the project and demonstrating the energy and cost targets. By supporting the industrial partner Sunage, the detailed specification of the renovation packages will be done by also establishing methods for the main performance assessment. SUPSI will support the design, installation, monitoring and operation of the BIPV solution in the demo building by providing information to industrial partners and the consortium useful for standardization, replication, market and business case. Moreover, SUPSI will collaborate with Sunage and other partner to model BIM-BIPV product objects to be integrated in the digital model of the Italian demo building.

In addition, AMS will lead the T2.4 – Performance assessment for TRL6 demonstration and T3.3 – Methods/ for long term-performance assessment.