Soltec, a leading manufacturer and supplier of horizontal single-axis solar trackers and related services in large ground-mount PV projects, is opening a new research and evaluation center in the city of Livermore, California, where the company has its U. S. headquarters.
The Bifacial Tracker Evaluation Center (BiTEC) will perform rigorous assessment of installation and control parameter influences on bifacial tracker performance compared to other PV applications.
The industry’s main solar panels manufacturers provided their bifacial modules for BiTEC’s tests such as Canadian Solar, Hanwha Q CELLS, Jinko, LONGi, and REC, as well as other relevant companies in the PV industry like Ampt.
Soltec and BiTEC are collaborating with the U. S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to assist primarily in the application of simulation models. Soltec is also collaborating with engineering, construction and consulting powerhouse Black & Veatch and the world renown certification and bankability laboratory Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC), to utilize the BiTEC resources in their joint Bifacial Characterization and Ranking Initiative to assess the performance gains and validate the performance models on bifacial modules from global module manufacturers.
BiTEC will be officially inaugurated next Monday, July 9th at 1 PM at 5240 Brisa Street, Livermore, California. To get an invitation, registration is required on BiTEC’s webpage.
For those attending Intersolar North America, at 11:30 AM a bus will shuttle guests between Moscone Center and BiTEC. The bus will leave BiTEC at 3 PM back to Moscone Center. For any inquiries, Soltec put at disposal of the public, an e-mail address (email@example.com), and a phone number: (510) 440 9200.