PV array with crystalline silicon modules

The performance evaluation of PV modules and systems is a topic which still raises difficulties within a context of growing diversification of the available technologies. 

Guidelines or standards are still lacking on :

  • preconditioning procedures for peak power measurements
  • standardised procedures for energy output prediction of PV modules and systems on different sites

Download here the paper "Harmonised Procedures on Photovoltaic Modules Long-term Energy Yield Measurements and Performance Evaluation Under Outdoor Conditions", presented at the 27th EU PVSEC in Frankfurt.

Download here the paper "2D - Finite Element Model of a CIGS Module", presented at the 38tH IEEE PVSEV meeting in Austin, Texas in June 2012.

 

Research infrastructures active in this topic and coordinating their work are the following:

Partner

Research Infrastructures

Main Characteristics

AIT

PV module and system lab

Indoor and outdoor performance characterisation of PV modules

CEA-INES

Indoor and outdoor PV module test facility

Indoor and outdoor performance characterisation of PV modules (extraction of the main parameters by the VIM method) and systems

CREST

module characterisation facility

Indoor and outdoor performance characterisation of PV modules

ECN

Outdoor PV module test facility

Outdoor IV curve measurement

ENEA

PV module qualification laboratory

Indoor IV curve measurement

NB : same infrastructure as under topic "module lifetime"

ENEL

Outdoor PV module test facility

Outdoor IV curve measurement

Fraunhofer ISE

Indoor and outdoor PV module test facility

Outdoor I-V curve measurement under 5 various extreme climates (temperate, mountain, desert, marine, tropical).
Same Research Infrastructure as the one proposed under "Module Lifetime Prediction"

Fraunhofer IWES

Outdoor PV module and system test facility

Oudoor IV curve measurement

JRC

European Solar Test Installation

Indoor IV curve measurement, development of energy yield and rating methods

RSE

Outdoor PV module test facility

Outdoor testing of PV modules and systems, up to 20 kW