CPV modules on their trackers

With a manufacturing capacity exceeding 150MW/year in 2010, CPV systems are becoming more and more used in some demonstration projects within regions with high direct normal irradiation.
Beyond the necessary further cost reduction and improvement of efficiencies necessary to compete with the rapid cost decrease of other technologies, a high priority issue requiring coordination is standardization of :

  • The energy prediction models
  • The reliability tests of electrical and mechanical parts

Seven research infrastructures involved in this field and located in five different regions offer an access to their facilities:

Partner

Research Infrastructures

Main Characteristics

ENEA

Indoor cell and lens characterisation

I-V curve measurement of cells, optical performance of lens

ENEA

Outdoor characterisation of CPV modules and systems

Performance analysis of CPV modules and systems

ENEL

Outdoor test of CPV modules

I-V curve measurement

ENEL

Long term monitoring of CPV systems

Performance analysis of complete systems

Fraunhofer ISE

Indoor measurements of CPV modules

I-V curve measurement

Fraunhofer ISE

Outdoor test of CPV modules

I-V curve measurement every 2 minutes

RSE

Indoor test of cells, outdoor test of CPV systems

Spectral response

UPM-IES

Indoor and outdoor test of cells and CPV modules

I-V curve measurement, thermal characterisation