Performance test Solarge PV modules
Solarge guarantees reliable performance of its solar modules. To ensure this, tests and calculations are being carried out by TNO and Eindhoven University of Technology in the middle of the Brainport region. TNO is a world-leading instituut when it comes to developments in the area of solar energy, with many of its patents being used worldwide. Test center SOLARBEAT has experimental solar installations on the roof of the Vertigo-building at the TU/Eindhoven campus that are being tested, including one installation with Solarge PV modules. The Solarge installation was developed with partners Heijmans and SABIC.
Though this experimental solar installation is being developed for application for housing projects, the tests provide useful information about the performance of the Solarge PV modules. While lab tests have proven that the power output delivered by the modules is equal to those of conventional glass PV modules, it was still unknown if the panels would perform equally when in natural outside conditions. The Solarge installation at SOLARBEAT includes several different module-types and more than 2 km of cables connected to sensors to precisely measure the cells and the PV modules temperature to answer this question.
The temperatures measured in solar cells in Solarge’s modules show that these do not differ from conventional glass modules panels. This is important information considering the output of solar cells decreases at high temperatures. The test installation also examines and measures the durability of the panels when faced with weather conditions such as wind, hail, erosion, pollution, etc. So far the tests have provided valuable information and have demonstrated the robustness of the system.
The duration of the tests spans multiple years; the first test year will be completed in August 2020.