Core competencies: testing, measuring and analysis
PV systems have evolved from niche to mainstream products. Along with hydropower, they are set to soon become one of the key pillars of the energy supply in Switzerland. The challenges of applied research in this field have changed with time.
While the goal in the 1990s was demonstrating that PV systems could reliably generate power for longer than five years, today the key issues include safety (e.g. fire protection) and grid conformity. Thanks to its commercial success, photovoltaics technology is continually penetrating new markets. Each new application presents new challenges and risks. BFH’s PV Lab has continued to focus on its core competencies: it performs testing and analysis based on application-relevant scenarios which PV planners and installation engineers cannot undertake themselves. The PV Lab is also continually developing new measuring concepts and devices for this purpose.