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Photovoltaic Laboratory

Welcome to the Photovoltaic Laboratory of the Institute for Energy and Mobility Research at the BFH-TI in Burgdorf! Our PV laboratory was founded in 1988 and focuses on PV system technology, mostly on grid-connected PV systems, but also on stand alone systems. The laboratory is active in education and in research and development.

Education:

During their studies in electrical engineering, our students specializing in electrical energy get a basic education in photovoltaics during the third year of their studies. If they wish, they can take a special course about PV in addition or make a diploma thesis on that subject.

Research and Development:

Since 1989 Research and Development projects on the national and international level have been carried out. The PV laboratory has many special PV installations and test equipment. There is also experience in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and lightning protection, especially (but not only) of PV systems. The results obtained are descibed in many publications.

The members of our PV laboratory can carry out services for interested institutions (e.g. consulting, measurements in the laboratory and in the field).

Owing to the good facilities and equipment (PV and general) meetings, workshops or courses about PV can be held at our school.

 

News

oolux

As the need for light in the developing world rises, so does the demand for alternative energy sources. The SmartLight project unites latest technologies for photovoltaics, intelligent power electronics and LED lighting. The incorporated micro-financing management system allows affordable replacement of poor kerosene light.

Further informations to the oolux solar power kit which has been co-developed at the Laboratory for Photovoltaics can be found by following the links below.

Official oolux-website

Article in hitech 1/2013

Short Course on Photovoltaics for Worldwide Professionals

In collaboration with Ecolution Engineering AG and SystmPV AG, the Photovoltaic Laboratory now offers a 6-week course in photovoltaic design and installation for worldwide professionals. After completion of the course, trainees will be able to plan and build own PV installations based on international standards. Registration for the spring 2013 course is open!

Flyer and application form can be downloaded here:

Ecolution Engineering AG > PV Training

Book "Photovoltaics - System Design and Practice" published 2012

In this translation of the German edition 2010, which is considered as a standard reference book by many German PV professionals, the possibilities and problems of direct conversion of sunlight into electricity in grid-connected and stand-alone PV systems are thoroughly discussed by the author, Prof. Dr. Heinrich Häberlin.

For many places around the world between 60°N and 40°S  the necessary data for the design and the calculation of the energy yield can be found in the book. For many plants from several countries in different parts of the world also measured long-term yield data for many years are indicated. 

Information sheet and order form

EU Project PV-Servitor

From 2009 to 2011 the Photovoltaic Laboratory was part of the EU project PV-Servitor. Main target of this project was to develop a fully autonomous cleaning robot for PV free field plants. It was a challenging task, and at the end of the project the robot was not yet ready for market. But during this two years scientific findings could be gained and the PV lab was a good partner by giving support in PV system technology matters.

Webpage PV-Servitor

Comparison of pollution of two PV plants [german]

Archive

New record for normalised annual energy production of PV plant Jungfraujoch (3454m)

PV plant Jungfraujoch (effective peak power 1.13 kWp, 3454 m above sea level), which was erected in 1993 by the PV laboratory of the Berne School of Engineering and Information technology, has established a new record for normalised annual energy production in 2005. Despite a line interruption of one day (23.8.2005) in the valley, in 2005 1537 kWh/kWp were produced with a winter energy fraction of 48.5%. Thus the old record dating from 1997 (1504 kWh/kWp) was trespassed considerably.

Without the line interruption, in 2005 the production would have been even 1540 kWh/kWp. In the average of 1993 to 2005, PV plant Jungfraujoch has produced 1407 kWh/kWp with a winter energy fraction of 46.3%.

[more information]

[normalized yearly analysis]

Contact

Head of the Laboratory

Prof. Urs Muntwyler

Senior Consultant

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Häberlin

Scientific Assistants

Luciano Borgna

Daniel Gfeller

Dr. Eva Schüpbach

Assistants

David Joss

Monika Münger

Manuela Schöni

Duglas Urena Hunziker

Tech. Staff

Werner Reichen

Adress

Berner Fachhochschule

Technik und Informatik

Institute for Energy and Mobility Research

Photovoltaiklabor

Jlcoweg 1

CH-3400 Burgdorf

Helpful Information

Detailed map Photovoltaic Laboratory

General Terms and Conditions of BUAS

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