The Photovoltaics and Distributed Generation Division seeks to provide the general public and professionals with accurate and current information about alternative energy use and production. In recent years, the photovoltaics division has expanded it's scope to include distributed generation technologies such as micro-turbines.
A core part of the photovoltaics work being conducted by FSEC, includes the testing and certification of photovoltaic components and systems. For components and systems used as part of state or federally funded projects, this certification is crucial. To the citizens of Florida, our testing and certification program is an important way to ensure quality and a competitive market for solar products in the state. If you're interested in these services or have a product to needs certification, please visit our PV Module and PV System testing and certification pages.
|Inverter Testing for PV Systems
FSEC has partnered with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the Southwest Technical Development Institute (SWTDI), and the California Energy Commissions Public Interest Energy Research (CEC PIER) to characterize the performance of PV inverters operating over extended periods of time.
As part of the SunSmart Schools Program, the SunSmart E-Shelter Program has installed more than 115, 10-kW photovoltaic systems on emergency shelter schools throughout Florida, adding more than one MW of combined photovoltaic generating capacity to Florida.
The PV Materials Laboratory conducts a wide range of research for the development of renewable energy. From thin-film PV production techniques to long-term exposure testing, our materials lab is working to bring inexpensive renewable energy to a reality.