Tests analyze performance of solar PV modules that capture and convert light on both sides
Oct 25, 2017 9:00 AM ET
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 25, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch, a leading engineering, construction and consulting company and Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC), a world-class engineering services and certification testing provider for photovoltaic and renewable energy products, will launch the first bifacial photovoltaic (PV) module ranking in the solar industry.
Bifacial modules are able to produce energy from both sides of the module and can outperform typical PV modules in certain applications. Interest in bifacial technology has risen dramatically as efficiencies have increased and costs have fallen.
Manufacturers of solar modules tested under the process developed by Black & Veatch and RETC will receive scores that are then ranked anonymously against other unnamed industry providers. The ranking is based on a comprehensive analysis of bifacial solar PV module performance in laboratory and field conditions, and is open to bifacial products on the market today as well as those under development.
“The Black & Veatch-RETC bifacial module ranking is designed to improve the understanding of current and upcoming commercial bifacial modules,” said Dr. Ralph Romero, Senior Managing Director and head of the Black & Veatch bankability practice. “The product evaluation procedures are based on leading PV science and the results will serve as a guide for developers, lenders and investors to generate quality-based finance and procurement strategies to ensure long-term project viability.”
Cherif Kedir, Executive Vice President of RETC, explained that “bifacial modules are no longer a niche product. We are seeing increased interest from developers and project stakeholders in bifacial technologies and many module manufacturers are noticing. Advanced testing and results assessment customized for bifacial modules is critically needed to assess long-term bifacial module performance. The Black & Veatch-RETC bifacial module ranking will fill this gap.”
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