Photovoltaic Collaborative to Advance Multi-climate Performance and Energy Research

2019 – Today
Dr. Laurie Burnham
(Sandia) | Chair
Mr.Sebastian Ditmann
(HSA) | Vice Chair
Dr. Ian Marius Peters
(Hi-ERN) | Director of Research
Dr. Aline Vidal de Oliveira
(UFSC) | Director of External Relations

Our Mission Statement

Creating a global technical platform that enables pioneering photovoltaic research, validates the performance of emerging technologies in specific climates and helps accelerate the world’s transition to a solar-intensive economy.
Each PV CAMPER member institution operates one or more field laboratories and is actively engaged in PV performance and reliability research. To facilitate collaboration and ensure data quality across all sites, PV CAMPER representatives have agreed to deploy similar instrumentation, methods of data collection, and O&M protocols. The result is a global network of outdoor laboratories that can be leveraged for research investigations ranging from experimentation to simulation and validation studies.

Value to the Global Photovoltaics Community

Accelerating solar capacity worldwide requires confidence in:
1 – the cross-climate performance of emergent, high-efficiency PV technologies
2 – the accuracy of irradiance and other sensor measurements needed for yield comparison and simulations and
3 – identification of local environmental contributors to long-term reliability.

PV CAMPER’s network of research institutions reflects a common goal: the desire to foster and grow a community that can help transition the world to a more solar-intensive future. Collectively, this organization offers:
– Network of field sites enables cross-climate research and analysis
– Centralized database
– Collaborative approach to complex, global challenges
– PV CAMPER as a Resource/Toolbox for research and education

Technical Objectives

Foster collaborative R&D in the areas of PV performance validation and reliability;
Provide a global platform for evaluating emerging, high-efficiency PV technologies, and for identifying and quantifying the factors that contribute most to climate specific efficiencies;
Generate a set of best practices with respect to data collection; quantify and reduce measurement uncertainties, and increase the accuracy and global applicability of performance models; and
Develop a technical basis for matching new technologies, including novel cell and module types, to their operating environments (spectral sensitivities, irradiance characteristics, temperature range, etc.)

Our Partners

The partners with whom we collaborate on this project