Our research is focused on the PV system as a whole and in real operating and market conditions. Therefore, the challenges driving our research come from the reality and the problems expressed by PV industry. Our team was founded by Prof. Lorenzo in 1984, initiating and leading this research line in Europe. Now the team is directed by Prof. Luis Narvarte and it is composed of 15 researchers.
Our objective is to assure the expected service, quality, reliability and long-term durability of PV systems in the field. With this goal, our work is focused on these main research lines:
Activity and other data of interest
Our activity is focused on two different areas: advanced engineering and quality services to the PV industry, and collaborative research projects at national and international level.
Most of this experience has been performed on the frame of “due-diligences” associated to the bank financing of large PV plants, working for the most important companies and banks in the world. This particular frame has given rise to the definition of a cluster of standardized services:
Our group is currently very well equipped for in-lab and in-field testing of PV modules, PV generators an DC/AC inverters, and has develop own software and dedicated testing procedures.
As an example, we have coordinated important European projects like PVCROPS to reduce the levelized cost of PV electricity and to allow the high penetration of PV systems in the EU electrical networks, or MASLOWATEN for the development and market uptake of large PV irrigation systems.