US energy department awarded DNV GL for bifacial PV research project

Norwegian DNV GL, a quality assurance and risk management company in the oil and gas, energy and maritime industries, was selected to receive a $200,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) for a photovoltaic research project of bifacial PV technology. The project will validate energy models created for bifacial PV modules by commissioning a large-scale comparative energy yield analysis and creation of energy simulations in PVsyst software, based on the collected field data.
According to Tara Doyle, head of business development for DNV GL’s PV module testing lab, »bifacial PV modules have the potential to become the preferred technology for ground-mounted PV installations around the world.« The aim of the study is to accelerate commercial deployment of bifacial PV modules at scale. The project will entail collection of field data over the course of one year at DNV GL’s outdoor solar test facility in Davis, California. It will include bifacial and monofacial 1500V PV modules provided by Longi Solar, Astronergy Solar, Hanwha Q Cells and Trina Solar, tested on single-axis trackers provided by solar tracking company Nextracker, and two albedo ground types.
The validation study was awarded as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s allocation of $27.7 million for photovoltaics research and development, issued in conjunction with $25.1 million to projects that address other aspects of solar development.

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