KU Leuven Technology Campus Ghent – Living lab 


A living laboratory at the Technology Campus Ghent of the KU Leuven university.



The active awning at the Living Lab demonstrates a range of these technologies for visitors and students at the Faculty of Engineering Technology. These include bifacial PV modules (sunlight is captured on both the front and back of the module), or semi-transparent modules for use in agrivoltaic (=combination of PV and agriculture) applications, as well as coloured modules that provide aesthetic benefits. The active awning and its modules will permit evaluations of the benefits of DC-DC optimisers to reduce mismatch between the different modules.

The active awning in front of the Living Lab hosts 10 PV modules, showing the variety of PV modules available on the market, and the evolution over the past decades.

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Location: Ghent (UK)


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Owner: KU Leeven

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Current status

The Living Lab at KU Leuven Technology Campus Ghent is making good progress, despite the cold snap with snow in February 2021, and covid-related challenges.



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Technical schema