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Outdoor Metrology Lab for (BI)PV
The performance of solar panels depends on various parameters, such as the angle relative to the sun, ambient temperature, (wind) cooling, and, in the case of bifacial modules, the reflectivity (albedo) of the surroundings. Throughout the year, we monitor the performance of photovoltaic (PV) modules, taking these meteorological conditions into careful consideration. This monitoring aids in the development of solar panels, calibration of performance models, and predicting energy yield when planning PV systems.
To achieve this, we utilize two different setups: a rack on the roof at EnergyVille 1 and a building-integrated (BIPV) façade installation atop EnergyVille 2. Tests of modules with new features are conducted for various research projects and are made available to interested parties such as manufacturers, material suppliers, and integrators.
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For whom is this lab interesting?
- Manufacturers of innovative PV modules
- Manufacturers of BAPV/BIPV components and building elements
- Integrators of PV systems
What can you use the lab for?
Utilize our metrological facilities for photovoltaic energy to:
- Measure and benchmark the ratio between energy efficiency and performance of your innovative PV modules (e.g., improved electrical or thermal design)
- Assess long-term reliability
- Derive thermal and mechanical parameters for use in buildings
- Compare the performance of BIPV (integrated into the building) and BAPV (on the building)
- Evaluate the hygrothermal impact of photovoltaic modules on building structures (and vice versa)