Tuesday, June 07, 2011

S DLE Center to increase the durability, service life of solar power plants

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Newswise-case Western Reserve University and industry are combined with the productive life of the solar energy technologies, improve energy-efficient lighting, roofing, building exteriors, and more.

The effort got a boost from the State this week, when the Ohio third frontier Commission grant $ 2.88 million to finance the solar durability and service life extension Center at case Western Reserve recommended. Under the third frontier Wright awarded projects program, will include the S-DLE Center of application testing and a Sun farm on campus.

Such Center fills a critical need cited by the US Department of energy. Service life and reduce says science for advanced energy the Energy Ministry to the definition and implementation and energy efficiency products, especially early in the development, is crucial for U.S. competitiveness.

Case Western Reserve and its partners offer to require companies with the indoor and outdoor laboratory equipment and evaluate materials, components and products under sunlight by up to 1,000 Suns and under extreme temperature, humidity, freezing and thawing cycles and other environmental factors.

"The facilities and equipment users identify, which can impact of 25 years of exposure to sunlight and the environment in much less time,", said Roger H. French, F. Alex Nason Professor in materials science and technology, macromolecular science and physics at the University.

French, the S-DLE Center be Director. The commercialization is also the University, Alexis Abramson Director and Frank Ernst and co-investigators are Ken singer Dave Schiraldi.

The standards and protocols designed to withstand a quarter-century of the weathering are ultimately enable companies to accelerate and reduce the cost of product development, provide long-lasting products with improved product warranties and lower cost of ownership for the consumer.

Western is the S-DLE Center on case reserve project with Replex plastics, a company in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, development mirrors the increasing light intensity on, and power output of photovoltaic modules and systems. French and Replex are that she can check service life and durability of the mirror added PV systems, such as this approach to reduce the cost of solar energy. The third frontier Commission awarded, that project a $900,000 grant in February.

The Ohio third frontier is grant supplemented by the 3 million dollar cost share commitment to the center of case Western Reserve and the S DLE industrial partners: DuPont photovoltaic solutions, Underwriters Laboratories and Ohio-based Q-Lab, eQED and Xunlight26.

The public funding allows the installation of a dozen solar Tracker - essentially a post topped with a motorized platform that is GPS used to automatically follow the Sun (the "Sun farm"), indoor Solar Simulators, producing the Sun intensity up to 1000 times, and a wide range of environmental test chambers. The Center offer to evaluate a variety of devices exposed optical, surface tension, Thermo mechanical and electrical properties of materials, components and products for the items to the tracker or in the laboratories.

The equipment shall be available to other industrial and academic users. The Centre is in discussions with 11 other companies, who would pay for access and services.

To provide broader service, is the S-DLE Center exchange programs with the national renewable energy laboratory in Golden, Colorado, and industry partners Q-Lab testing facilities in Arizona and Florida, materials and products in the different environments has to establish.

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