The Sheffield Solar Farm forms part of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. The Centre’s sustainability research creates knowledge and connects it to policy debates on how to build a fairer world and save natural resources for future generations.
Funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund, to promote knowledge transfer and new links between industry, society and academia, the Farm will allow real world testing of photovoltaics . The 58m2 silicon photovoltaic solar panel installation includes a test bed to compare new and existing photovoltaic technologies, linking laboratory testing to field application. The data collected will be distributed to researchers, installers, policy makers and the public.
Power generation data from the Farm will be continually accessible on line, along with the sun’s irradiance (both direct and diffuse), temperature and wind.