Characterization of BIPV(T) applications in research facility ‘SOLARBEAT’

R.M.E. Valckenborg, J.L.M. Hensen, W. Folkerts, A. Vries, de

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The SolarBEAT facility is an outdoor Research & Development infrastructure for innovation on BIPV(T). The facility is a cooperation between SEAC and the Technical University Eindhoven and is located in the Netherlands. It has been founded early 2014 and has grown rapidly to its full capacity at the moment: a total of 6 projects are testing 8 different BIPV prototypes on one full year performance in realistic outdoor conditions. Performance (Ratio) is measured according to the norms and best practices. The secondary standard Solar Measurement Station is checked continuosly with the measurements of the nearby official Dutch meteorological institute (KNMI). Data is coming in flawless from more than 500 sensors. The daily data stream sums up to more than one million data points which are imported by a central relational (SQL-based) server. Much care is taken that every data point is synchronized with atomic time within 5 seconds, which makes a comparison between different projects possible. Moreover, at SolarBEAT, reliability issues can be checked by using professional equipment a.o. Infrared Thermography (IRT), and in-house developed outdoor Electroluminescence (EL).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the EU PVSEC 2015, 14-18 september 2015, Hamburg, Germany
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventEuropean Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EUPVSEC, 14-18 September 2015, Hamburg, Germany - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 14 Sept 201518 Sept 2015


ConferenceEuropean Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EUPVSEC, 14-18 September 2015, Hamburg, Germany
Abbreviated titleEUPVSEC15
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