2015-2016 Academic Year

Date of Event

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12:10 PM to 1:00 PM

Location

Mailman-Hollywood Building, Second Floor Auditorium

Description

The environmental sciences have been critical to identifying global environmental challenges such as climate change, but they have been less extensively utilized in deploying solutions to those challenges, such as solar energy. Environmental variables such as temperature, humidity, aerosols, clouds, soiling, and snowfall have important effects on solar PV performance, and these effects can vary regionally. The current status of large-scale solar PV deployment will be discussed along with the role of environmental variables on PV performance.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Parikhit Sinha is a Director of Sustainable Development, Environmental at First Solar, where he leads the company’s research on environmental product safety and life cycle assessment. He is a member of the International Energy Agency PVPS Task 12 Committee on PV Environmental, Health, and Safety.

He is a former study director at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. He has a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a B.A. in environmental engineering from Harvard University.

 
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Environmental Variables Affecting the Performance of Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants

Mailman-Hollywood Building, Second Floor Auditorium

The environmental sciences have been critical to identifying global environmental challenges such as climate change, but they have been less extensively utilized in deploying solutions to those challenges, such as solar energy. Environmental variables such as temperature, humidity, aerosols, clouds, soiling, and snowfall have important effects on solar PV performance, and these effects can vary regionally. The current status of large-scale solar PV deployment will be discussed along with the role of environmental variables on PV performance.