In Catania for the Photovoltaic of the Future

Published on Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Enel Innovation Lab in Passo Martino hosts the “7th International Spectro Radiometer and Broadband Inter-comparison” project, sponsored by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in collaboration with Enel Green Power, until 16 June


Testing the most advanced and sophisticated measurement systems for solar radiation and determine the precise efficiency of the photovoltaic systems of the future. These are the main objectives of the 7th International SpectroRadiometer and Broadband Inter-comparison, an event taking place until 16 June in the spaces of the Enel Innovation Lab in Passo Martino, in the province of Catania (Italy), organised by the Joint Research Center (JRC) in collaboration with Enel Green Power.

For five days, researchers, technicians from research institutes and instrument builders will use our Sicilian laboratories to carry out measurements of radiation and the solar spectrum in order to define methods for a precise determination of the energy yield of various photovoltaic technologies.

“The sponsor of the event at the Enel Lab in Catania is the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.”

The Enel Innovation Lab in Passo Martino already hosted this important international event in 2012. The fact that the JRC asked the Enel Laboratory to organise a measurement campaign for the second time confirms the technical-scientific credibility of the structure, which aims to stimulate research and innovation in the energy sector.

In recent days, EGP also signed an agreement with the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM) of the National Research Council (CNR) to create a laboratory dedicated to the study of renewable technologies within the Enel Innovation Lab.

“EGP’s innovation group, together with CNR-IMM, will develop technologies for new-generation photovoltaic modules with higher energy yields.”

Built in the 1980s, the Passo Martino site was integrated into Enel Green Power’s Innovation and Sustainability Unit in 2015. It now houses laboratories specialised in renewable sources that allow for the experimentation of innovative technologies in solar thermal and photovoltaic, in microgrids, storage and in wind.