Solar PV R&DProject Photoluminescence Imaging Tool
This report discusses the project results and lessons learnt of the UNSW commercialisation project – Prototyping a Photoluminescence Imaging Tool for Testing of Fielded Solar Modules
The ARENA funding was used to take a technology that was proven in the lab (Outdoor Photoluminescence Imaging; O-PL) into its target field of use, PL imaging of field-deployed solar panels on utility scale solar farms.
This was achieved by designing and building a fully functioning alpha-prototype outdoor PL imaging system that was subsequently tested and improved on three distinctly different solar power plants in NSW.
The project was completed successfully and substantial additional further technological advances beyond the scope of the project were accomplished based on the experience gained in the project and via the respective field trips.
Having a highly functioning and efficient team was critical for the project success.