SolarBEAT facilitates the development, testing and monitoring of innovative solar energy products in a real life environment. Both solar thermal and solar electricity are within the scope of this test facility.

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Research on PV

Research is being done on complete systems and individual components such as: e.g. new Building Integrated PV (BIPV) products, solar thermal collectors or complete systems, PVT (combination of electricity and thermal), and electronical solar-related products, such as (micro-)inverters and power optimizers.

Overview SolarBEAT test facility

The outdoor research at SolarBEAT serves several purposes:

  • In close collaboration with the project team that contains a.o. architects, builders, developers, and installers, we further improve existing solar products or find opportunities to develop new innovative products.
  • We determine the performance model based on high quality measurement data, measured 24/7 from calibrated equipment. This is essential for a sound business case and can be crucial before market introduction.
  • Together we showcase the solar product to potential customers.
SolarBEAT weather station

SolarBEAT is equipped with the highest standard weather station and a dense network of sensors for irradiation, temperature and energy yield. Moreover, SolarBEAT also has a full installation for solar thermal research with buffer tanks, flow controllers and many sensors. All sensors are synchronized and stored in a central database server. Access of data is professionally organized in such a way that confidential and project-specific data never gets mixed up with public data or data of other projects.

Our work

Growing potential for solar energy on buildings and infrastructure

The area that can be used to generate solar energy in the Netherlands is large and growing. TNO is developing solar energy concepts for optimal integration into the built environment: from roofs, facades... Read more
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Making better use of potential solar heat and PV-T

Solar panels are mainly found on roofs, where they convert sunlight into electricity. But the photovoltaic cells in PV panels can also be combined with solar collectors to produce heat and electricity.... Read more
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Building façades will also generate solar energy

For a long time, solar energy in the built environment was mainly generated via solar panels on the roofs of homes and offices. But the roof surface alone, especially in high-rise buildings, is insufficient... Read more
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PV windows: windows that generate solar energy

A lot of surface area in the built environment is suitable for the generation of solar energy. Optimal use of the facades and roofs for energy generation on buildings is paramount to reach our climate... Read more
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More focus on safety of solar systems

Solar power generation will play an increasingly important role in our renewable energy mix. It is important that we make the best use of all suitable surfaces for this purpose. This will lead to a wide... Read more
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Many more roofs to be used for solar energy

Our country has many hundreds of square kilometres of suitable roofs for the generation of solar energy. Utilising this surface area is essential for the energy transition. With the increase in electric... Read more

Peter Blokker

  • PV Modules & Applications