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Construction of laboratories for solar energy research in developing countries

Davidsson, Henrik LU ; Bernardo, Ricardo LU ; Gomes, Joao; Gentile, Niko LU ; Chea, Luis and Karlsson, Björn (2014) ISES Solar World Congress, 2013 In Energy Procedia 57 57(Energy Procedia 57). p.982-988
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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Sustainable Development, Solar Laboratory, Research and Education
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Energy Procedia 57
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Energy Procedia 57
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7 pages
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Elsevier
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ISES Solar World Congress, 2013
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10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.081
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  abstract     = {A large number of photovoltaic systems have been installed in developing countries around the world<br/><br>
during numerous projects. The goal is often to improve the quality of life in rural areas often lacking<br/><br>
electricity. Many of these installations provide important services such as lighting and charging of various<br/><br>
devices. However, when the projects are finished, there is a large risk that maintenance is not carried out<br/><br>
properly and that malfunctions are never repaired. This situation can leave an otherwise well- functioning<br/><br>
system unusable. A key problem is that there are not enough trained technicians that can maintain and<br/><br>
repair the system locally. One reason for this is the lack of practical education in many developing<br/><br>
countries. Furthermore, the availability of spare parts is essential for long term effectiveness.<br/><br>
During 2011 a group of researchers from Lund University in Sweden built a small scale laboratory in<br/><br>
Maputo, Mozambique, with local researchers. The project was successful and today the laboratory<br/><br>
functions both as a teaching facility and as a measurement station for solar energy research for licentiates,<br/><br>
masters and Ph.D. students.<br/><br>
The main goal now is to widen the project in order to incorporate more universities in developing<br/><br>
countries. We are now looking for new interested partners in developing countries who believe that such a<br/><br>
laboratory could strengthen their ability to teach practical work and to perform research at a local<br/><br>
university. Partners for planning and executing the project are also needed.},
  author       = {Davidsson, Henrik and Bernardo, Ricardo and Gomes, Joao and Gentile, Niko and Chea, Luis and Karlsson, Björn},
  booktitle    = {Energy Procedia 57},
  issn         = {1876-6102},
  keyword      = {Sustainable Development,Solar Laboratory,Research and Education},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {Energy Procedia 57},
  pages        = {982--988},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  title        = {Construction of laboratories for solar energy research in developing countries},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.081},
  volume       = {57},
  year         = {2014},
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