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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    University of New South Wales

    Location

    Sydney, New South Wales

    ARENA Program

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

  • Start Date

    September 2020

    Status

    Current

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

Summary

This project 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.

Need

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.

Action

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.

Outcome

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
02 October 2020
Last updated 02 October 2020

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