HVL’s SolarLab is a solar energy test laboratory located on the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen (Kronstad) campus. The laboratory is used for research, teaching, student projects and for a variety of measurements.

The laboratory currently consists of two areas for solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal research.

Western Norway University of Applied Science

​Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norwegian: Høgskulen på Vestlandet) or HVL is a Norwegian public institution of higher education, established in January 2017 through the merging of formerly independent colleges across five campuses: Bergen, Førde, Haugesund, Sogndal and Stord.

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The laboratory is a 12 m² passive house with a HVAC system to provide a good climate inside. 

​6 polycrystalline photovoltaic panels (REC Solar 275) with a production capacity of 275W per panel and 6 monocrystalline photovoltaic panels (ASM6610M 285 – Astroenergy) with a production capacity of 285 W per panel.
These solar panels produce 3.36 kWp and can be tilted from 0° to 90°.

To convert DC (Direct Current) current in AC (Alternating Current) current, 3 SMA Sunny Boy inverters (1500W power) are used.

A Tesvolt TS 25 14.4kWH battery is used to store this energy.