Mission and Focus Areas of Photovoltaic Systems

Mission

The mission of the photovoltaic systems research programme is to conduct leading edge research and education at an international level in the field of power electronics, control, diagnostics and grid integration for PV systems, to improve the cost competitiveness and utility of PV energy, in close collaboration with the industry.

Focus Areas

The primary focus of this programme is on grid connected photovoltaic systems. Research activities include:

  • Electrical characterisation and fault detection in PV panels and arrays
  • Electroluminescence and infrared thermography - based diagnostics
  • Control and topologies of PV inverters
  • Grid integration of PV power
  • PV and energy storage integration

The programme also engages in education activities at both MSc and PhD level. The research programme offers high quality PV panel test and characterisation services for the industry.

The programme focuses on a number of key challenges mostly related to the optimal operation of PV systems and integration of PV power into the electricity grid:

  • Condition monitoring and automatic diagnostics for photovoltaic plants

                              

  • High sensitivity fault detection and identification in PV panels in laboratory and field environment

                                   

  • Distributed control of module integrated converters (DC modules)

                 

  • PV inverter control

           

  • Reliability issues of PV inverters and control for reliability

                                   

  • PV power integration in the low voltage distribution grid  

                             

  • Grid integration of large PV power plants                                                                                                             

Vacancies within Photovoltaic Systems

If any, please find the vacancies here: Vacancies at Aalborg University

Collaboration Partners

  • DTU Fotonik, Denmark
  • Kenergy ApS, Denmark
  • Sky-Watch A/S, Denmark
  • LeanEco A/S, Denmark
  • Aalborg Havn A/S, Denmark
  • GreenGo Energy A/S, Denmark
  • Emazys A/S, Denmark
  • SunSniffer GmbH, Germany
  • Renewable Electrical Energy Systems (REES) at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Catania, Italy
  • Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Organisation membership

EPE Solar Energy Chapter, International Workshop on Integration of Solar Power into Power Systems - advisory committee.