Photovoltaic Systems

Photovoltaics is one of the most dynamically growing energy technologies in the world today. In recent years, PV has been one of the main contributors for new energy generation capacity installed, reaching a worldwide capacity of over 500 GW by the end of 2018. This fast pace of growth is expected to continue in the coming years.

The continuous improvement of the cost-competitiveness of PV with fossil-based energy is largely fuelled by the remarkable cost reduction of the core PV system components, while government incentives generally tend to drop. With the reduction of the initial plant cost, aspects related to the optimum system operation are garnering more attention. In parallel, with the increasing penetration of PV in the electricity network, challenges due to the intermittent and variable generation by PV plants are gaining importance.

The purpose of the PV programme is to contribute to the advancement of this renewable energy technology, by carrying out research and education targeted at modern photovoltaic systems, in close collaboration with industry.

We are involved in education at bachelor, masters and PhD level through student projects, MSc and PhD/Industrial courses, and we also welcome guest students and researchers from around the world.

We also offer state-of-the-art PV panel test and characterisation services for the industry. 

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OngoinG Projects 

                           Inspection of large photovoltaic plants using aerial drone imaging

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Laboratory Facilities

The research programme has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in Aalborg and Esbjerg:

PV Systems Laboratory (PVLAB)

PV panel test setup with SPIRE flash equipment PV panel test setup with SPIRE flash equipment  Grid connected converter setups in PV-lab

PV Outdoor Test and Monitoring Platform (PVMON)

PV panel monitoring test rig on MV buildingWeather station on MV building

Power Electronics Converter Laboratory

Power Electronics Converter LaboratoryPower Electronics Converter Laboratory

PV Diagnostic Imaging Laboratory

PV diagnostic setupDark IV curve, showing cracked solar cellsPV panel monitoring using a drone

Esbjerg PV and Renewable Energy Control Laboratory

PV system in Esbjerg campusPV system in Esbjerg campusPV system in Esbjerg campus

In addition the research programme has a number of other laboratory facilities at its disposal:


ACCESS to Weather data MEASUREMENTS for AAU staff and students

5-minute average in-plane solar irradiance, wind speed, ambient and solar module temperature is available (only from AAU network) through a Matlab GUI programme. The logging has started in June 2011 and is continuously running.

In order to access the data, please download the user guide and the installation package for the Matlab® GUI programme:

Contact Information

Programme Leader

Associate Professor Tamás Kerekes
Direct phone: +45 9940 3308

Vice Programme Leader

Postdoc Ariya Sangwongwanich
Direct phone: +45 3185 1067

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Guest researchers and cooperation

We offer support to visiting PhDs and researchers through access to our world class laboratory facilities at the department, as well as by close cooperation and contact with the industry.

Other collaboration opportunities include joint applications to national and international research funds, and joint publications in international journals and conferences.

For collaboration within the field of Multiphase Flows and Heat Transfer, please contact Henrik Sørensen (

Further information on cooperation and guests AT THE DEPARTMENT