In order to encourage the uptake of emerging and innovative technologies, like solar panels, manufacturers and customers need standards that they can be confident in.
Solar panels are sold based on their performance under a set of standard test conditions. When put to practice, however, this metric proves problematic as it is not based on real-world conditions.
For instance, factors like temperature and wind speed cause deviations in the efficiency of photovoltaic modules, as this can significantly impact on the performance of solar panels. In fact, it's predicted that external factors could lead to as much as a 20% discrepancy annually in the performance of these modules. This impacts on how confident industry is in the technology and in turn impacts on willingness to harness future innovations.