Great to see CSIRO setting up a solar testing lab! What's great about this is that it puts the focus on solar monitoring and proving the stable outputs of systems over time (something we already spend a lot of time doing with our ongoing analysis of commercial solar performance). Will be interesting to see what is learned. Here's an excerpt from the story:
CSIRO is set to increase confidence in large-scale solar by more accurately predicting how different solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will perform on Australian shores.
Over the course of a 32-month project supported by $1.3 million Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funding, CSIRO successfully established unique indoor and outdoor testing capabilities that are now accessible to PV researchers and industry.
ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said these new facilities would allow different solar panels and cells to be scrutinised, assessing how they respond to Australian conditions and predicting their output over time.
“Accurately predicting the energy output of a solar PV power plant is critical throughout its lifecycle, from forecasting future revenue and determining commercial viability to day-to-day operation on the electricity grid,” Mr Frischknecht said.
“Effective forecasting is particularly important for investor confidence and risk mitigation as the cost of new plants is mostly up-front.