ECN publication
The BIPV research facility "Solarbeat" in the Netherlands
Valckenborg, R.; Vries, A. de; Folkerts, W.; Verbong, G.P.J.
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ECN Solar Energy 22-9-2014
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-M--14-077 Conference Paper
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A BIPV research facility ‘SolarBEAT’ has been initiated in the Netherlands by the Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC). This facility enables and supports research and development of new products in the field of BIPV, solar thermal and PVT. Projects are carried out by consortia in which research institutes and companies work together. The SolarBEAT facility is a cooperation between SEAC, the branch organization Holland Solar and the TU Eindhoven and is located on a large south oriented roof with a clean horizon. The roof is equipped with a variety of high quality sensors and measurement equipment in order to enable research projects on BIPV and PVT in a realistic outdoor setting. IR-thermography and outdoor Electroluminescence (EL) are developed for thermal research and reliability and durability monitoring over longer periods. We define three new effective ways of analyzing results, which can and will be applied to all BIPV-prototypes. They are an irradiance stamp plot (figure 6), thermal stamp plot (figure 9) and integrated-NOCT plot (figure 10). The performance of the first project in SolarBEAT can be understood quite well by comparing it to the thermal model that we have developed for BIPV-products. The quantitative heating up of the various panels as a function of air gap width, position in the setup, and weather conditions can be understood.

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