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Job Posting: Solar Power Network Postdoctoral Fellowship

November 24, 2016
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Solar Power Network (SPN) is a wholly Canadian employee-owned power company founded with the goal of bringing Ontario into the renewable future. By installing high-yield low-angle solar panels on unused commercial, institutional, and industrial rooftops, SPN generates green energy locally for local consumption. In addition to eliminating the losses associated with long-distance energy transportation, these installations provide peak power at times of peak consumption, thus reducing the province’s reliance on fossil fuels.

The company is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to carry out work on modeling the performance degradation of a photovoltaic system between the UBC Okanagan campus and the Solar Power Networks office in Ontario.

Photovoltaic systems are increasingly being called upon in order to supply electrical power. Unfortunately, the performance of a photovoltaic system will degrade as a function of time, owing to a variety of degradation factors, and not much is really known about this degradation process. In this project, we aim to identify all sources of degradation within photovoltaic systems, develop a statistical model wherein the expected performance of such a photovoltaic system may be determined as a function of time, and validate this model through a comparison with experimental data corresponding to a representative photovoltaic system. Results that are of general interest to the photovoltaics community will be published in the open peer-reviewed scientific literature. Proprietary results, of interest to our industrial partner, Solar Power Network, will remain their intellectual property. 

Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the Mitacs Accelerate webform. For more information please contact Jennifer Tedman-Jones.

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