Imec, a research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies and EnergyVille, together with PVcase, a Lithuanian software company have developed a commercial software solution that allows to easily design and accurately predict the energy yield of state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) power plants.
DNV GL has developed software for modelling, design and analysis of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants that can accurately and efficiently handle the demands of layouts in increasingly complex terrain. ‘SolarFarmer’ software offers a new and efficient ways to explore and optimize PV project development.
Van der Valk Solar Systems and BirdBlocker have teamed to bring the ‘BirdBlocker’ device to the UK and Ireland. Birds can build nests under rooftop PV panels, which can result in sound pollution or damage to the panels and PV system. The BirdBlocker system is designed to be installed easily with new panels or retrofit.
Pellucere Technologies has claimed to have developed the world’s first field-installable, anti-reflective, anti-soiling solar panel coating, which is said to boosts energy generation and reduces cleaning. The MoreSun product includes an Anti-Reflective (AR) & Anti-Soiling (AS) silica shield to any solar array.
PV module manufacturer ZNShine PV Tech have developed graphene coating in collaboration with the China University of Science and Technology for its G12 Series of monocrystalline panels, which is said to increase the transmission properties of the glass, while the hydrophobic effect of the graphene coating achieves the highest level of panel self-cleaning, reducing O&M costs for commercial and utility-scale PV power plants.