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Construction of laboratories for solar energy research in developing countries
Lund University, Sweden.
Lund University, Sweden.
Solarus AB, Älvkarleby, Sweden.
Lund University, Sweden.
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2014 (English)In: Energy Procedia, ISSN 1876-6102, Vol. 57, 982-988 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A large number of photovoltaic systems have been installed in developing countries around the world during numerous projects. The goal is often to improve the quality of life in rural areas often lacking electricity. Many of these installations provide important services such as lighting and charging of various devices. However, when the projects are finished, there is a large risk that maintenance is not carried out properly and that malfunctions are never repaired. This situation can leave an otherwise well- functioning system unusable. A key problem is that there are not enough trained technicians that can maintain and repair the system locally. One reason for this is the lack of practical education in many developing countries. Furthermore, the availability of spare parts is essential for long term effectiveness. During 2011 a group of researchers from Lund University in Sweden built a small scale laboratory in Maputo, Mozambique, with local researchers. The project was successful and today the laboratory functions both as a teaching facility and as a measurement station for solar energy research for licentiates, masters and Ph.D. students. The main goal now is to widen the project in order to incorporate more universities in developing countries. We are now looking for new interested partners in developing countries who believe that such a laboratory could strengthen their ability to teach practical work and to perform research at a local university. Partners for planning and executing the project are also needed.

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2014. Vol. 57, 982-988 p.
Keyword [en]
Research and education, Solar laboratory, Sustainable development
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Energy Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27563DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.081Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84922322696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-27563DiVA: diva2:789682
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2013 ISES Solar World Congress, SWC 2013, 3 November 2013 through 7 November 2013
Available from: 2015-02-19 Created: 2015-02-19 Last updated: 2015-02-19Bibliographically approved

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