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This video will make you discover Solar Energy innovations at SolarBEAT!

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Solar Building Elements Application Test site (SolarBEAT), is the name of SEAC’s outdoor research facility in the field of BIPV(T) where independent measurements and innovative research studies in the field of solar PV and solar thermal energy are conducted. It is a collaboration between SEAC and the TU/e and is situated on the Vertigo building of TU/e. More information about SolarBEAT can be found here.

In case you are interested in research, development, or innovation at SolarBEAT, please contact us!

SEAC’s field testing facility SolarBEAT is fully booked!

Dutch companies are rapidly bringing new building integrated solar systems to the market. This explains the increasing need for high quality performance research on such systems. SEAC works in the outdoor test facility SolarBEAT fully based on IEC-61724 norms.

To support these field testing needs, SEAC developed a brand new pyranometer calibration setup. It comprises of an adjustable rack fitted with 7 pyranometer holders facing due south. The calibration is achieved with the help of a secondary standard robust pyranometer placed in the middle position, which is sent for calibration every year, according to the world standard. Currently there are 9 active test fields ran by SEAC, for which 19 pyranometers are used in total. These pyranometers are calibrated annually.

Solar Building Elements Application Test site, in short SolarBEAT, is the name of SEAC’s outdoor research facility in the field of BIPV(T) where independent measurements and innovative research studies in the field of solar PV and solar thermal energy are conducted. It is a collaboration between SEAC and the TU/e and is situated on the Vertigo building of TU/e.

More information about SolarBEAT can be found here. For more solar news follow us on LinkedIn by clicking here.

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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Combining PVT with heat pumps: PVT inSHaPe project kicked off!

For realizing (near) zero energy buildings, combining PV thermal systems with a heat pump is an interesting option. An integral system concept that includes an optimization between the dimensioning and control for different components and their interactions is necessary. The goal of the project is the design, realization and validation of several PVT-heat pump systems. Within the PVT inSHaPe project, a broad consortium works towards a definition of optimum system concepts. Several of those will be built and their performance will be evaluated.

The project consortium consists of TNO, Solartech, Dimark Solar, Exasun, NRGTEQ, W/E adviseurs, Resource Solar, Conico Valves, TU Eindhoven and SEAC.

More information about the project can be found here.

WenSDak project presents the state-of-art in Dutch PVT solutions

In the recently finalized WenSDak project five distinct solutions for producing solar electricity and heat on one roof were developed. These solutions are: a ventilated PV system for drying manure, a side-by-side solar thermal and BIPV roof and three different options for roofs with uncovered PVT collectors.

We built demonstration pilots for all five solutions. The electrical and thermal performance were measured in an outdoor field test as well as by means of an indoor simulator. The electrical performance of all PVT collectors was very good, while on the thermal performance several interesting correlations between design and performance were mapped out. Some uncovered PVT collectors also act as a heat exchanger. We conclude that a PVT collector has to be assessed in the framework of the total heating system for the application. The annual performance depends largely on the precise system design and the application. The WenSDak project delivered new products for the market of energy efficient buildings, while at the same time the knowledge level and operational experience for PVT solutions was brought to a higher level.

The project was executed in a consortium consisting of SCX Solar, Hotraco, SolarTech, Dimark Solar, de Mâr 2D, GEO Holland, AERspire. Suntrap, TU Eindhoven, ECN and SEAC.

More information about the project including project reports, can be found here.

SolarBEAT extended to 9 measurement locations

SolarBEAT is the unique SEAC facility for BIPV and PVT system research. Since its start in 2014, 15 distinct projects have been executed here.

The interest for BIPV and PVT systems from supplier companies and their customers is growing substantially. Therefore SEAC now extended the SolarBEAT facility to enable the simultaneous accommodation of 9 independent projects.

The new positions will be fully operational from April 2017 onwards.

Are you interested in performance research for your solar PV or solar heat applications? Please contact us here.