Solar module tech from oldest PV system in Netherlands


Museon-Omniversum, a museum for science and culture in The Hague, Netherlands, is currently displaying a solar module that was used in the country's oldest PV system – an 18W panel manufactured by Germany-based AEG-Telefunken in 1982.

“Museon-Omniversum is a museum about important global issues, currently focusing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” a spokesperson from the museum told pv magazine. “Currently we are preparing an exhibition titled ‘One Planet Now.' In a part of this exhibition in which the theme is ‘sustainable living,' the solar panels will be displayed as an experiment from the past toward a more sustainable world.”

The PQ/10/20/01 polycrystalline module measures 45.8 cm × 56.4 cm × 1 cm and is made with 20 solar cells connected in series. It has a power conversion efficiency of around 9%, an open-circuit voltage of 9V and a short-circuit current of 2A.

The product is one of 2,748 panels that were used to build a 50kW PV system linked to 18kWh of battery storage and a 40kW wind turbine at the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (MIWB) in Terschelling, an island in the northern Netherlands, in the West Frisian Islands archipelago.

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The project was one of 17 European solar-related pilot projects that were co-financed by the European Commission in the 1979-93 period. The system was completed by Dutch engineering company Holec Projects in 1983, with the support of local consultancy Ecofys.

According to the “Solar-Wind Project Terschelling” paper, which was published in Photovoltaic Power Generation in 1983, the grid-tied project was developed to investigate the interaction with the local network and to ensure completely reliable energy delivery to consumers, while increasing the use-factor of the system.

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