Qeeri participates in international solar photovoltaic research
The Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (Qeeri) furthers its understanding on climate-related impacts by signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Photovoltaic Collaborative to Advance Multiclimate Performance and Energy Research (PVCAMPER) international research group.
“We are honoured to be part of the PVCAMPER community, which aligns with Qeeri’s mandate to support Qatar in its objectives to become a leader in renewable energy research,” said Dr. Marc Vermeersch, executive director. “The partnership positions us among prominent institutions around the world, and enables us to engage in knowledge exchange while building capacity in energy research that will accelerate a global transition towards a solar-intensive future.”
As a part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qeeri solidified its commitment with PVCAMPER to further research on solar photovoltaic equipment, using high-fidelity meteorological data and performance data in order to enhance solar markets and expand across the globe. This delves deeper into photovoltaic (PV) research to help evaluate up-and-coming high-efficiency PV advancements for better efficiency.
“Being part of PVCAMPER helps showcase the data Qeeri gathers through its Outdoor Test Facility, and affords us an opportunity to compare our results with data gathered from other test sites around the world. The participating members have broad expertise in PV research areas including soiling losses, climate-related PV efficiency factors, and spectral response,” said Dr. Benjamin Figgis, research programme manager at the Qeeri Outdoor Test Facility. “The collective data will support the design and optimisation of PV systems for specific operating environments, helping accelerate the development and deployment of solar energy in Qatar.”
Now part of this key global platform that helps study factors contributing to climate issues, PV soiling, and irradiation measurement, Qeeri joins other members of the consortium, namely, the National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC in the United States, the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Germany, the Korea Institute of Energy Research, and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore to name a few.
Despite the increasing efforts to look further into alternative energy sources and more sustainable fuel, there are plenty of challenges that Qatar faces when it comes to water, energy, and the overall environment. With the MoU connecting high-performing local and international partners, research into the various fields will not only be more efficient, but international ties with said nations will also solidify toward a better, more interconnected future.
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