A team from the FOSS Research Centre of Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus (UCY) has won the top prize at the biggest conference for photovoltaics in Europe, the 29th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU-PVSEC) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The paper entitled “Robust Principal Component Analysis for Computing the Degradation Rates of Different Photovoltaic Systems”by Andreas Kyprianou, Alexander Phinikarides, George Makrides and George E. Georghiou won the best visual presentation award in the field of Operations, Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaics. The topic was one of the main features of the conference, UCY said.
The paper deals with the accurate estimation of the degradation rate of photovoltaic (PV) systems. The gradual degradation of PV is recognized by PV module manufacturers and yet it still remains the most controversial parameter in the operation of PV systems due to the lack of an established definition of PV degradation rate and methodology for its estimation.
UCY said the award comes at a time where the PV community has started to recognise the importance of multidisciplinary research and concerted effort into the degradation of PV.
“The Photovoltaic Technology laboratory of the UCY has recognised this gap and has fused its expertise in PV and data science,” it said.
“The team has published numerous papers in this regard which have gained worldwide recognition.”