Southern Research Institute has completed the Southeastern Solar Research Center (SSRC) to study solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
The facility, located in Birmingham, Alabama, will lead research efforts, starting with an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) project focused on solar PV system orientation, tracking and aging.
"This new facility will accelerate our solar photovoltaic research and provide unique data that may aid utilities in the optimal design of solar PV systems," said Michael D. Johns, vice president, Engineering at Southern Research Institute. "A number of utilities, including Southern Company and its subsidiary Alabama Power are interested in evaluating the performance and operating characteristics of different configurations for solar PV systems. The SSRC may provide key insights into their performance in the high heat, high humidity, high precipitation and high pollen environment typical of this area of the country. We are excited to host this research site, and pleased to be working with EPRI to advance this important technology."
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