Through federal funding, DNV GL, a global quality assurance and risk management company, aims to accelerate the commercial deployment of bifacial PV modules.
DNV GL was recently selected to receive a $200,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office for the research project. The grant was part of a broader, $53 million funding announcement from the DOE in October.
The project will entail collection of field data over the course of one year at DNV GL’s outdoor solar test facility in Davis, Calif. It will include bifacial and monofacial 1,500 V modules provided by LONGi Solar, Astronergy Solar, Hanwha Q CELLS and Trina Solar, tested on single-axis trackers provided by Nextracker, and two albedo ground types. Data acquisition will be highly granular, using actively calibrated equipment. The collected measurements will be used to generate PAN files and subsequent energy simulations in PVsyst.
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