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Energy Yield Enhancement Of Bifacial Photovoltaic Modules

In contrast to monofacial modules, bifacial photovoltaic modules can produce more energy with the same projected area due to their ability to convert irradiation captured on both the front and rear sides. However, their market share remains very low (ca. 5%) thus requiring comprehensive and robust analytical studies that accurately account for albedo (ground reflectivity) of the rear side.

Dr Mehreen Gul, Assistant Professor in the School of Energy Geosciences Infrastructure and Society was recently awarded an Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) to work with Professor Tariq Muneer, edinburgh Napier University to develop a model accounting for local environment albedo for both fixed and tracking systems in determining bifacial module energy yields. The award will support a PhD student for three and a half years who will work under Dr Gul’s supervision to generate innovative solutions to enhance the energy yield of bifacial solar photovoltaics.

The ETP project will be carried out in partnership  with the Wood Group, a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. Mehreen will work within Wood's solar team in Glasgow to review and assess the state-of-the–art modelling tools needed for the project . Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. it operates in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $10 billion from its work from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial sectors. The Wood Clean Energy (WCE) in Glasgow is responsible for renewable energy solutions and services, and employs a team of over 300 engineers based in various offices around the world.

Innovation and academic work is essential to us maintaining our positon as a leading consultancy in this sector. Alan Mortimer, Director of Innovation

The project outcomes will provide a sufficient and fair incentive to invest in bifacial PVs, thereby increasing the contribution that solar energy can make to Scotland’s energy needs. The studentship will not only assist Wood’s business growth objectives but will also boost the standing of Heriot-Watt University and UK research in solar, more generally.

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