Is it a good idea to make PV modules with 960 small cells?

At the SEAC outdoor research facility SolarBEAT a test program started aimed at special PV modules consisting of a large amount of small PV cells. The PV cells are down to 1/16th of the normal size. The idea behind it is that these modules perform much better in non-ideal situations in the built environment, where […]

HRsolar wint Innovation Award 2018 voor duurzame warmte

Vanochtend is op de beurs Duurzaam Verwarmd de Innovation Award 2018 uitgereikt aan HRsolar voor hun revolutionaire dunne esthetische zonthermische collector genaamd Nero. Zonthermische collectoren zijn over het algemeen te groot en te dik om makkelijk naast PV panelen te integreren in een dak. De nieuwe Nero collector heeft de dikte en grootte van een […]

Colored and textured PV panels: a new approach for aesthetic façade PV applications

Regulations for the energy performance of buildings in Europe are becoming more demanding. This requires innovative approaches for integration of solar energy in the building skin. At the same time, especially for façades, the aesthetic appearance is crucial and the architectural demands are posing a challenge for PV developers. The prototype demonstrator was built within […]

A thinner solar thermal collector for building integration with PV

Aesthetic integration of solar energy products in the roofs of dwellings is important to achieve a good social acceptance and a high market potential. Several solutions for building integrated PV (BIPV) are available on the market, however, a very limited number of solutions for integration of covered solar thermal collectors are available. Currently, covered solar […]

Roadmap for PV systems and applications in The Netherlands

Solar electricity generation (PV) is playing a substantial role in the energy transition. It is expected that PV can supply 25% to 30% of the energy demand in The Netherlands in 2050. Already in 2030 we expect to reach the 50 GWp installed capacity. In order to guide the route towards this goal, it is […]

Ever wondered about the cost of cleaning a solar PV system?

Soiling can be a substantial loss factor for PV installations. Cleaning the solar system is the most common solution to mitigate soiling losses, but it comes with a cost… Marco Cappa, a graduate student at SEAC from the TU/e, studied the cost of cleaning PV systems. This study was performed in the framework of the […]