Open Solar Photovoltaic Systems Optimization
A partnership has formed between eighteen organizations to produce the Open Solar Outdoors Test Field (OSOTF), which has been designed to provide critical data and research on solar photovoltaic (PV) systems optimization in the public domain. Unlike many other projects, the OSOTF is organized under open source principles. All data and analysis when completed will be made freely available to the entire photovoltaic community and the general public. This paper documents how the teamwork between educational institutions and industry has resulted in one of the largest systems in the world for this detailed level of analysis of PV systems performance in real-world conditions. The challenges to this approach will be addressed and appropriate models for garnering industrial team work will be discussed. Conclusions will be drawn on how to scale other opportunities for the sharing of data to assist in improved optimization of socially beneficial appropriate technologies.
Rob Andrews is a PhD Candidate the Applied Sustainability group at Queen's University. He received both an MASc and B. SC. in Mechanical Engineering with first class honours from the same institution. His research focus is on photovoltaic system design and environmentally responsible manufacturing.
Adegboyega (Babs) Babasola is the lead Researcher at the Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre in the School of Applied Science and Computing at St. Lawrence College. There he runs the Open Solar Outdoors Test Field.
Joshua Pearce received his PhD in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He developed the first sustainability program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and helped develop the Applied Sustainability graduate program at Queen\'s University, Canada. He currently is an Associate Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of... Read More →
Saturday March 24, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
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