What does bird poo have in common with the colour of sunlight?

The answer is that both can affect the real-world performance of solar panels – something CSIRO’s new outdoor photovoltaic testing facility aims to understand much better.

Dr Chris Fell discusses this research project in the latest edition of Solar Progress. He explains how the new facility will measure the way different photovoltaic types respond to a range of different factors, from ambient temperature to sunlight intensity and spectrum, and how we’ll measure or manage fouling by dust or salt (or, yes, bird poo).

Read more in the on-line version of the magazine, or see our blog post explaining the project.

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