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Rijkswaterstaat and SEAC launch the National Consortium “PV in the Infrastructure”

The spatial infrastructure in the Netherlands (roads, dikes, roadsides, noise barriers, landfill sites, railway area, etc.) offers a large potential area for the roll-out of solar energy.

The “Roadmap PV Systems and Applications for the Netherlands” predicts that we will combine 10% of this with solar panels in the next 30 years. This represents about 33 GWp of installed power. There are opportunities to achieve cost-effective solutions through innovative double use of the surface. That is why SEAC and Rijkswaterstaat jointly took the initiative to set up the National Consortium PV in the Infrastructure. The consortium aims to tackle all challenges and barriers towards the large-scale roll-out of solar energy in the infrastructure.

More information about the PV in the Infrastructure national consortium can be found in our press release.

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 the Interreg project “PV OpMaat”. The aim of this project is to produce power generating photovoltaic materials, based on newly developed production methods, and tailored in a way that they can be optimally integrated in building elements. In this context, a novel prototype PV façade was constructed at SolarBEAT, the outdoor field testing facility of SEAC. This research evaluates how various textures and colors affect the performance of c-Si and CIGS PV modules and assesses different coloring techniques in order to obtain aesthetically the best possible result.

Solar Magazine also covered the inauguration of the demonstrator with an insightful interview given by our commercial project partners: Eigen Energie, TGM and NBArchitecten, which can be found here.

Results regarding the performance of the prototype demonstrator will be presented in the upcoming EU PVSEC conference taking place in September 2018 in Brussels. For more information about the “PV OpMaat” project click here and for more solar news follow us on LinkedIn by clicking here.

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 thermal collectors are much thicker and often much larger than PV modules, which complicates aesthetic integration of both PV and solar thermal collectors in the same roof.

Within the project Building STeP the company HRsolar developed a solar thermal collector with the same dimensions and thickness as a framed PV module. A multifunctional demonstrator roof with this technology has now been built on the SEAC research facility SolarBEAT. Here PV modules and a roof window are integrated in the same multifunctional roof concept by the company SCX Solar. SEAC and the TU/e are performing the analysis of the thermal and electrical performance for typical Dutch roofs, that may also include shading effects by e.g. dormers.

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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 important to address a number of questions. Two important questions among them are:

  • Where exactly do we foresee the installed PV capacity to be developed?
  • What are the innovations needed to realize this in a technically and economically feasible way?

In order to address these questions, the Dutch government via the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) commissioned a study that resulted in a new roadmap for PV systems and applications in The Netherlands. You can download the roadmap here.

Discover the booming Dutch solar energy sector by watching this inspiring video!

In 2017, the Netherlands achieved a new milestone reaching an installed PV capacity of 2.5 GWp. To discover the exponentially growing Dutch solar energy sector, watch the inspiring video by clicking here. For further acceleration of the growth towards 40 to 50 GWp in 2030, innovation in PV systems and applications remains crucial.

We at SEAC are highly motivated to expand our contribution, working together with companies and universities in innovation projects for the solar energy system of tomorrow. We believe that innovation is crucial on all SEAC’s platforms of research and consultancy: (1) solar energy in buildings (BIPV, solar thermal and PVT), (2) PV integration in the infrastructure, (3) floating PV plants and (4) PV in the energy system. This is how we make solar energy more profitable, more effective and more powerful.

For more information about SEAC’s activities visit our website by clicking here.

Watch this video to discover the effect of shading on solar roofs and what can you do about it!

Watch the informative video by clicking here.

Shading is a major loss factor for PV systems on roofs. Shadow can result from trees, poles, dormers, chimneys or nearby high-rise buildings. In this video these effects on the I-V and P-V curves of the PV modules are presented in a straightforward way. The video is a result of one of the SEAC experiments on mitigation of shading effects on PV systems.

Meet SEAC at the upcoming PVSEC conference in Amsterdam

The European PVSEC conference will be 25 – 29 September in Amsterdam. It is the largest international conference for photovoltaic research, technologies and applications.

An excellent occasion to learn more about the work of SEAC and get into contact with us. SEAC will be (co)presenting on various topics:

  • PV on landfills (6DO.12)
  • BIPV (6DO.10, 7DV.1)
  • Partial shading (6CO.13, 5BV.4)
  • Solar E-bike charging (6DO.10)
  • Solar Noise Barriers (6BV.3)
  • Concentrating PVT (4CV.4)

We hope to meet you in Amsterdam – at our poster presentations or after our oral presentations – to discuss results and exchange views!

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Anti-Soiling PV coatings (ASAP) project kicked off

The overall objective of this project is to establish a suitable coating with combined anti-soiling (AS) and anti-reflective (AR) functionality for PV panels, which allows for a long-term preservation of power output by soiling mitigation, and reducing the costs per kWh for solar electricity generated in dust rich environments.

Within the goals of the ASAP project is to ensure that the coating is durable under real operation conditions by extensively testing it outdoors and quantifying the benefits of using it. Along that, a business model will be created to study the market potential of AS coatings in the Netherlands investigating the suitable markets, the barriers and the cost benefits for PV owners.

The project consortium consists of ECN, DSM, ReBor and SEAC.

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