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Reference Number EP/D078431/1
Title Fast Energy Rating for Photovoltaic Devices and Modules (FENRA)
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr R Gottschalg
No email address given
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Loughborough University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2007
End Date 31 March 2010
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £375,110
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr R Gottschalg , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (100.000%)
  Recognised Researcher Dr TR (Tom ) Betts , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SCHOTT Solar AG, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , ICP Solar Technologies UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) (0.000%)
Project Contact , meteocontrol GmbH (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany) (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract A major problem for photovoltaics is the lack of a fast and accurate energy rating for new devices and modules. Currently, methods for predicting the energy yield for a given device are either too simplistic, especially with regard to emerging technologies, or long-measurement campaigns are required. This problem will be solved by developing an energy rating based on direct laboratory measurements and thus not be based on simplifications, reducing the time needed for realistic measurement campaigns from months to hours. At the heart of this method is a novel measurement apparatus, which will allow among other things the generation of variable irradiance spectra, closely matched to those experienced in real outdoor operation. A novel methodology will be developed to evaluate technologies currently at the development stage and an extensive validation of the approach will be carried out. Theoretical work will be undertaken to underpin the development of this new approach to energy rating of solar modules
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