Outdoor PV monitoring


The open-air lab possesses all the supporting infrastructure, such as power electronics and automatic data acquisition systems for their continuous monitoring of the performance of PV panels to provide a better understanding of their reliability and on top of that for the performing a benchmarking with traditional PV technologies, such as Silicon.

Technical specifications:

Direct correlation of the environmental conditions, such as solar irradiation, temperature, humidity and dust with the PV output performance.

  • Solar array and panel-level outdoor performance continuous monitoring, including current-voltage curves
  • Field I-V curves for modules, strings, and arrays.
  • Simulation for grid-connected energy generation
  • Correlation studies to environmental conditions: irradiation, temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction
  • Benchmarking with commercially available solar panels, Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS), Cadmium Telluride (CdTe), Polycrystalline Silicon (Poly-Si) and Bifacial Si panels.
  • Recording of real-time PV performance data at the maximum power point
  • Outdoor solar farm infrastructure for the monitoring of module/panel temperature, DC characteristics and cumulative energy yield.

Case study:

The INFRACHIP user utilizes the lab to gain a deeper understanding of PV panel reliability, studying factors that affect their performance over time. Additionally, the ability to benchmark against traditional PV technologies like Silicon allows the user to assess the effectiveness of new materials or designs in comparison to established standards. By providing access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities, INFRACHIP empowers the user to conduct comprehensive studies on PV panel reliability and performance.

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