PVH and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, through the Institute of Solar Energy (IES) associated with the academic centre, have signed a collaboration agreement to carry out a study on two-faceted photovoltaic systems in the PVH Innovation Center. With a duration of six months, the research aims to promote the bankability of these systems.
Both parties will carry out an analysis that includes: the measurement of front and rear irradiances of the bifacial modules, as well as the operating temperature of the cells and their power. In this way, the analysis of the data obtained will make it possible to determine to what extent the position of the modules and their temperature affect the productivity of the system, with the aim of optimising designs, increasing electricity generation and reducing costs with this technology.
The research includes an initial characterization testing campaign and a regular operation campaign. In order to carry it out, PVH has made its pilot photovoltaic plant available to researchers. The plant is located in Cheste and has three types of horizontal axis trackers in three configurations: 1V, 2V and 3H, which support single and two-face generators, so the different energy production alternatives will be studied according to the structure.
As PVH has explained, “this research is understood as a company-university collaboration to obtain a joint learning of one of the most demanded photovoltaic systems in the market“. Likewise, the company has shown itself to be “proud to collaborate with a university of the prestige of the Politécnica de Madrid, with which we share the innovative character, the professionalism of its team and the certainty of being a reference point in the technology sector“.
Technological vanguard at international level
PVH has become one of the main references in the manufacture, supply and installation of two-stage systems, with its activity in markets such as Australia, the United States and Europe being particularly noteworthy. In this sense, IES-UPM has sought to strengthen its own research and development capacity by using the company's technology and facilities.
The work that the company carries out in its PVH Innovation Center is crucial to understanding its position at the technological forefront of the photovoltaic industry. Created as a multidisciplinary R&D centre, the PVH centre acts as a research centre and test bed. In other words, the ideal place to test new products, develop alternative systems and bring new ideas to fruition with the company's seal of approval.