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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    University of New South Wales


    Sydney, New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Addressing Solar PV End-of-Life Issues and Lowering Solar PV Cost

  • Start date

    18 September 2020

    End date

    10 July 2023

  • Project Partners
    5B Australia, YCGC, 3M Electrical Markets Division, Flat Grass Group, Canadian Solar, JA Solar, Jinko Solar, Longi Solar Technology


The Reduced Solar Module Temperature will demonstrate methods to change solar panel design to lower operating temperatures in the field. Lower operating temperatures will lead to increased power output and improve system lifetime.


The Reduced Solar Module Temperature procject acknowledges that operating temperature has a significant effect on both output power and the long-term durability of solar modules. A 10 degree reduction in module operating temperature is projected to double the module operating lifetime, impacting project bankability and yield.


This project will evaluate four strategies to reduce operating temperature in the field using passive temperature methods:

  1. Reduce infrared absorption
  2. Increase radiative loss
  3. Increase convective loss
  4. Increase conduction to module frame.


This project aims to:

  1. Demonstrate experimental reduction in nominal-module-operating temperature of > 5 degrees celcius by incorporating the most promising passive temperature reduction approaches
  2. Work with collaborators to develop and demonstrate practical, cost effective approaches to modifying commercial modules to capture as much as possible of experimentally demonstrated gains.
Last updated 05 January 2023


Solar research funding awarded to 16 new projects

New funding will help solar researchers to develop panels that are more cost-effective and efficient.

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