Sheffield Solar Farm - University of Sheffield

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The Sheffield Solar Farm is a research project based at the University of Sheffield. The strands of research include a micro-generation database for owners of PV installations and real world testing operations for PV technologies. The Micro-Generation project collects generation data from people who have a PV installation and in return gives performance reports so donors can see how they are performing in relation to others around the country.Prospective buyers can see what is being generated by others in their area. The rooftop testing operations include a 58 square metre silicon photovoltaic solar panel installation alongside a test bed to compare new and existing photovoltaic technologies, linking laboratory testing to field application. The data collected is distributed to researchers, installers, policy makers and the public. Power generation data from the Farm is continually accessible on line along with the suns irradiance (both direct and diffuse). The data can also be used as an educational tool to allow the demonstration of the real world performance of photovoltaic technologies. These PV technologies include: - Silicon PV to compare the latest developments in the state of the art silicon products. - Flexible thin film such as amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride and copper indium gallium selenide for lightweight integration into buildings. - Dye sensitised solar cells and polymer photovoltaics the potential next generation of low cost solar power. The Solar Farm project runs alongside Project Sunshine, which aims to harness the power of the sun to tackle the increasing food and energy needs of the worlds population in light of uncertain climate and global environment change.


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