SolarBEAT outdoor test facility for BIPV(T)

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.

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.

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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.
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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.

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8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion


Join our TNO experts at the 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion. The conference offers a unique opportunity to meet and exchange with experts from all PV sectors and all regions of the world.

Milano – Italy or online

Smart window with large energy savings potential shows promising results during first pilot field test

29 June 2022
A ’smart window’ developed by TNO and partners in the Interreg project Sunovate, performs successfully in real world conditions according to preliminary pilot results. The window is designed to automatically switch between blocking heat from the sun and letting it pass. It is optimized to reduce energy consumption in moderate climates with cold winters and warm summers, such as in the Netherlands.

Solar panels on windows, façades, and roofs

Check out the latest developments for installing solar panels on façades and roofs. And discover the possibilities for solar panels in windows. Read more.

Solar-powered cars

Solar-powered cars enter the commercial market. The solar panels ‘fill up’ with sunlight when the car is stationary and when it is in motion.

Integrating solar energy and safety

We integrate solar energy into our environment, for example in buildings, infrastructure, and cars. This creates new challenges related to safety.