Inter-continental optimisation of photovoltaic technologies in large arrays

Photovoltaic systems are typically optimised for performance or cost. In order to evaluate the wider parameter space an extensive measurement campaign has been designed that will provide guidance on future system designs. Four near-identical, grid-connected 200kWP PV systems are being installed onto IKEA home furnishings stores in four countries with different climatic classifications. The systems are integrated with comprehensive weather and power monitoring systems. This paper introduces the project and presents initial results.