Instruments and Systems Integration (ISI)
Our objective as a research group is to promote low-cost solar electricity through the development of Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV).
Our main lines of research are:
- New concepts in CPV systems and fabrication methods for concentrator optics
- Optical and electrical instrumentation
- Characterization methods for CPV modules and receivers
- Reliability of CPV systems and components
Activity and other data of interest
Much of the group’s activity is focused on the development of methods, instruments, and equipment for the measurement and characterization, both in laboratory and in real operation, the full range of CPV devices and components, from single cells all the way to large solar plants. Another cornerstone of our activities revolves around developing concepts, designs, and prototypes for CPV systems, some of which have been taken to the demonstration plant level. Finally, we aim to attend the needs of industry, both national and international, and of other R&D centers, through contracts of collaboration, participating in national and international consortia, and transferring technology to industry for commercialization, and providing technological services. One of our roles is the know-how transfer (i.e. we created the spin-off Solar Added Value) and the industrial collaboration with cutting edge companies.
Some recent projects that we would like to highlight here are our participation in the EU-funded projects CPV-Match, Ecosole, Sophia and NGCPV where we developed novel CPV concepts, instrumentation for the lab and production line.
Academically, our recent (2010-2014) impact is demonstrated by 18 articles in JRC journals, most of them in the first quartile, various chapters in relevant technical books from major publishers, more than 40 conference contributions, 6 doctoral theses, 14 successful proposals to open funding calls, and many contracts with leading companies in the field worldwide.
Head of ISI Group: Gabriel Sala Pano
Photovoltaic solar energy | concentration | instrumentation | solar simulator | characterization of solar cells | modules and systems