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Construction of laboratories for solar energy research in developing countries
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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 PV-systems have been installed in developing countries around the world duringnumerous projects. The aim 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 different devices.However, when the projects are finished, there is a large risk that maintenance is not carried out properlyand that malfunctions are never repaired. This situation can leave an otherwise well functioning systemunusable. A key problem is that there are not enough trained technicians that can maintain and repair thesystem locally. One reason to this is the lack of practical education in many developing countries.Furthermore, the availability of spare parts is essential for the long term effectiveness.During 2011 a group of researchers from Lund University in Sweden built a small scale laboratory inMaputo, Mozambique, together with local researchers. The project was successful and today thelaboratory functions both as a teaching facility and as a measurement station for solar energy research forlicentiates, masters and PhD students.The main goal is now to widen the project in order to incorporate more universities in developingcountries. We are now looking for new interested partners in developing countries that believe that such alaboratory could strengthen their possibility to teach practical work and to perform research at the localuniversity. Partners for planning and executing the project are also needed.

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2014. Vol. 57, 982-988 p.
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Sustainable Development; Solar Laboratory; Research and Education
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Energy Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-18535DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.081OAI: diva2:771416
2013 ISES Solar World Congress, 3-7 November 2013, Cancún, Mexico
Available from: 2014-12-13 Created: 2014-12-13 Last updated: 2014-12-16Bibliographically approved

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