Solar test field opens in Albuquerque
The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems has opened a photovoltaics outdoor test field in Albuquerque, N.M.
The field is an extension of the center’s Albuquerque solar research annex, which launched in 2011. The Fraunhofer Center also co-owns the CFV Solar Test Laboratory at Mesa del Sol in Albuquerque, which opened in 2011.
The Fraunhofer Center’s new field, dubbed OTF-1, will allow makers of solar photovoltaic modules and components to test their products in a real-world setting. Albuquerque’s more than 310 days of direct sunshine annually and frequent single-day temperature swings make it a great place to test solar products, officials said.
“This facility reinforces our commitment to conducting cutting-edge solar research for our clients, and gives our experienced technical team the flexibility to accommodate a broad range of solar power performance testing products,” said Christian Hoepfner, scientific director at Fraunhofer CSE, in a news release.
The Fraunhofer Center is constructing another test site in Albuquerque that will provide an additional five acres of test beds.
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