Work Package 3: Challenges with snow and ice formation.


The Norwegian climate is very diverse due to the country's large extension, spanning 13 degrees in latitude, with a long rugged coastline and a mix of plateaus and mountain ranges.

In winter, heavy snowfall is common in the mountains and inland regions, whereas coastal regions usually receive a combination of snow, sleet, and rain. Large temperature variations and ice formation on the PV module surfaces represent environmental stress factors and may reduce both yield and lifetime of such systems. Hence, surfaces that may prevent snow and ice from sticking to the PV modules are of great interest.

What is really snow and ice? Snow can actually be considered as a very HOT material:

This work package will include a PhD with title "Advanced Materials Surface Development for Preventing Snow and Ice Formation on BIPV".

WP3 activities:

WT 3.1: Snow and ice influence on solar energy yields.
Some of the questions to be answered in this work package are:

WT 3.2: Snow and ice impact on surface robustness and durability.
This activity will investigate:

WT 3.3: Advanced materials surface development.
The questions to be answered in this work package are:

WP3 results:

Results from WP3 activities include:

B.P. Jelle, T. Gao, S.A. Mofid, T. Kolås, P.M. Stenstad and S. Ng, Avoiding Snow and Ice Formation on Exterior Solar Cell Surfaces - A Review of Research Pathways and Opportunities, Procedia Engineering 145 (2016), pp. 699-706. Article.

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WP3 contact person:

Bjørn Petter Jelle, bjorn.petter.jelle(at), NTNU/SINTEF