Lecture: Photovoltaics in the urban environment

17 december 2019 12:45 t/m 13:30 - Locatie: Fac 3ME; hall D - Door: Urban Energy Institute

Lunch Lecture: Photovoltaics in the urban environment: developing a fast, accurate and remote 3D-based energy potential simulation framework

Lecture by Olindo Isabella, Photovoltaic Materials and Devices Group Lead, TU Delft
Hosted by the Urban Energy Institute
Date: Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Time: 12:45-13:30pm CET
Moderator: Kornelis Blok 

The role of photovoltaics (PV) in urban environments is of increasing importance. New technologies and concepts will facilitate the adoption and integration of photovoltaic technology in the built environment. However, as resources are always limited, it is fundamental to determine how and where to place PV systems in the urban fabric. In order to make the right decisions, we need tools that can calculate the solar energy potential considering the available solar resources and the shape of the landscape. In this work, we propose a framework across four levels of detail to quickly, accurately and remotely estimate the annual irradiation in urban landscapes. This framework enables urban planners, architects and PV system designers to accelerate the decision-making process and find integral energetic solutions for the buildings and structures of the cities of the future.

About the Speaker

Olindo Isabella received the M.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy and the PhD degree cum laude in advanced light management techniques for thin-film silicon solar cells from Delft University of Technology. He was visiting researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba (Japan) and in February 2013 he engaged an academic career at TU Delft. Currently he is Associate Professor and since January 2019 he is the head of the Photovoltaic Material and Devices group at Delft University of Technology. His areas of expertise are opto-electrical modelling, characterization and implementation of advanced light management techniques in thin-film and wafer-based silicon solar cells, smart PV modules, PV-powered multi-functional building elements and comprehensive modelling of XIPV systems. For these developments, he is the principal investigator of Solar Urban theme of TU Delft Urban Energy platform and of the Advanced Metropolitan Solution in Amsterdam. He has been or is involved in the organization of OSA, MRS meetings, IEEE PVSC and nPV workshop conferences, contributed to four scientific books, has 10 patent applications and his H-index is currently 25 (Google Scholar).

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