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The Application of Photovoltaic Systems in Sacred Buildings for the Purpose of Electric Power Production: The Case Study of the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade

Version 2 : Received: 15 January 2020 / Approved: 16 January 2020 / Online: 16 January 2020 (10:59:11 CET)

How to cite: Sudimac, B.; Ugrinović, A.; Jurčević, M. The Application of Photovoltaic Systems in Sacred Buildings for the Purpose of Electric Power Production: The Case Study of the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade. Preprints 2020, 2020010151 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202001.0151.v2). Sudimac, B.; Ugrinović, A.; Jurčević, M. The Application of Photovoltaic Systems in Sacred Buildings for the Purpose of Electric Power Production: The Case Study of the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade. Preprints 2020, 2020010151 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202001.0151.v2).

Abstract

In light of climate changes, technological development and the use of renewable energy sources are considered very important nowadays, both in newly-designed structures and reconstructed historic building, resulting in the reduction of the commercial energy consumption and CO2 environmental emissions. This paper explores the possibilities of improving the energy efficiency of heritage sacred buildings by utilizing photovoltaic systems. As an exceptionally significant cultural good, the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade shall serve as a case study, with the aim of examining the methods of mounting photovoltaic (PV) panels, by taking into account the fact that the authenticity and the aesthetic value of this cultural monument must remain intact. A comparative analysis of the two options for installing PV panels on the southwestern roof of the church was performed using simulations in PVgis and PVsist V6.84 software, with the aim of establishing the most efficient option in terms of power generation. The simulation results show that photovoltaic panels can produce 151650 kWh (Option 1) and 150894 kWh (Option 2) per year, while the required amount of energy is 42726.77 kWh. The electricity produced exceeds the electricity requirements for the decorative lighting of the Cathedral Church, so it can be used for other purposes in the sacral complex.

Subject Areas

solar energy; phototovoltaic systems; heritage structures; sacred architecture; the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, Belgrade

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Received: 16 January 2020
Commenter: Budimir Sudimac
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