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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.

Wednesday 8 November: the yearly Sunday conference!

Next week at the Sunday conference in Bussum more than 300 participants will come together to listen to presentations and discuss the road forward for solar energy! Among the key topics are Solar parks in The Netherlands, Floating solar, Solar Thermal, Building Integration and integration of Solar in the Energy System. Key notes will be presented by Walter Hood from Berkeley University and Olof van der Gaag from the NVDE.

SEAC will have a dynamic participation with two visual presentations in the subjects of BIPV and floating solar and five posters.

You can check out the complete program and register at www.sundaynl.nl. For more solar news follow us on LinkedIn by clicking here.

ZigZagSolar façade installed in Sittard

This month the installation of a creative ZigZagSolar façade was completed on an apartment building in Sittard. The concept enables in an original way to harvest solar energy and at the same time have full aesthetic freedom. The ZigZagSolar concept is developed by WallVision with the support of SEAC. It went through extensive field testing at SolarBEAT for more than two years. ZigZagSolar is an architectural façade concept which uses a combination of a PV system tilted towards the sun and decorative panels facing the observer. The PV panels remain hidden while the decorative panels can be designed according to the architectural requirements.

The ZigZagSolar installation in Sittard covers 400m2 of the façade, is oriented South and will deliver 30,000 kWh/year in total. Partial shading effects have been tackled by a smart electrical design. As a follow-up Wallvision and SEAC are working on solutions which can further improve the yield of the ZigZagSolar façade application.

More details regarding the ZigZagSolar demo tested at SolarBEAT can be found here. For more solar news follow us on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Invisible solar collectors can even be red or white

The first demonstration of the novel façade solar thermal collectors of the FITS4E project has been installed at the outdoor testing location SolarBEAT. The project aims to demonstrate façade panels with an invisible thermal solar collector for increased energy harvesting. ‘FITS4E’ focusses at application development, system design, performance testing, demonstration and dissemination. The performance of the panel will be tested for a full year at the outdoor testing facility of SEAC. TNO is the project leader, Emergo is responsible for developing the collector and façade element and AkzoNobel for the smart coating.

For more information about the project click here. For more solar news follow us on LinkedIn by clicking here.

SEAC presents the BIPV Status Report 2017

SEAC and SUPSI presented the new version of the BIPV Status Report at the recent EU PVSEC conference in Amsterdam. The report provides a comprehensive insight into the status of building integrated solar energy in Europe. The report is a result of a long term cooperation between SUPSI in Switzerland and SEAC in The Netherlands. The previous version of the status report celebrated more than 100.000 downloads. This new report covers BIPV technology trends, BIPV pricing and products available in the market. In addition it contains some iconic BIPV case studies.

You can download the report by clicking 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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ZigZagSolar pilot with flexible thin film PV

ZigZagSolar is an innovative façade BIPV application designed by Wallvision BV. It consists of tilted PV modules in combination with decorative panels. This layout allows for an optimal orientation of the PV modules, while they remain out of sight.

We created on the SEAC BIPV research facility SolarBEAT a new pilot in this concept, now for the first time using flexible thin film CIGS modules manufactured by Miasolé.

A potential advantage of the Miasolé modules in this application is that the layout of the PV cells make the performance less susceptible to inhomogeneous irradiance. Also the lower weight and the ease of handling and mounting are advantages.

More information about the project can be found here.
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Save the date: 8 November – Sunday conference

The 9th edition of the yearly Sunday conference will take place in Bussum on Wednesday 8th November!
Already for years the Sunday is the largest Dutch conference dedicated to solar energy, where research and realization meet each other.

The opening keynote speech will be given by the American landscape architect Walter Hood, about landscape integration of solar parks.
Also the rest of the program is gradually taking shape.

The Sunday offers you a great opportunity to get the latest insights on innovations and to strengthen your network in the sector.
Register now and get your early bird discount.

First two floating PV systems for pilot project installed

This week the companies Texel4trading (left picture) and Wattco (right picture) installed their floating PV systems on De Slufter at the Maasvlakte. In the coming week also Sunprojects and Sunfloat will install their systems. They are the four system builders in the National Consortium Zon op Water (Floating Solar), a consortium with more than 30 participants. The pilot is aiming to demonstrate the feasibility of floating solar on rough water. An important step on our way towards the largest floating PV system in Europe!

More information can be found on www.seac.cc.