Solar energy

IFE were among the first research communities in Norway to start working with solar energy. We are now the largest competence environment in Norway and work in close collaboration with Norwegian and international partners to support the development and implementation of various solar energy technologies.

In order to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy system, a massive deployment of renewable energy and a wide range of technology development is needed. Norwegian companies are uniquely positioned within solar energy, ranging from silicon production, to large-scale solar power plants, floating solar and building-integrated solar cell systems (BIPV). IFE is supporting them with our highly skilled scientific staff, our high-tec infrastructure and knowledge and expertise in nation and international funding schemes.

Solar energy research topic

Solar Cell Technology

Large-scale PV

Floating PV (FPV)

Floating solar (FPV) is an up-and-coming branch of PV systems that have seen quite a rapid growth in the last couple of years. The technology relies on relatively traditional solar modules mounted on a floating structure. However, there are quite a few advantages of floating solar. Some floating solar systems can reduce the temperature of the solar cells and therefore improve efficiency. Also, floating systems can utilize areas that are not in conflict with urban development, such as reservoirs, dams or ocean space. This is very attractive in densely populated areas where land is either unavailable or very expensive.

Floating Photovoltaics – IFE

PV in buildings

For a brief overview, please check out this video presentation of IFE’s solar energy research: