Solar Power Plants

Environmental Variables Affecting the Performance of Solar Power Plants

Speaker: Parikhit Sinha, Ph.D.
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 12:10–1:00 p.m.
Venue: Mailman-Hollywood Building | Second Floor Auditorium

The Climate-Sustainability Lecture Series, hosted by the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, will discuss “Environmental Variables Affecting the Performance of Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants” at the next talk. This event is free, and all NSU members are welcome to attend.

The environmental sciences have been critical to identifying global environmental challenges including climate change. However, they have been less extensively utilized in deploying solutions to those challenges, such as solar energy. Environmental variables such as temperature, humidity, aerosols, clouds, soiling, and snowfall have important effects on solar photovoltaic (PV) performance, and these effects can vary regionally. At this talk, guest speaker Parikhit Sinha will discuss the current status of large-scale solar PV deployment and the role of environmental variables on photovoltaic performance

Sinha is director of sustainable development at First Solar, a global provider of PV solar energy products and solutions. He is a member of the International Energy Agency PVPS Task 12 Committee on PV Environmental, Health, and Safety. He has a doctoral degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a B.A. in environmental engineering from Harvard University.

About the Lecture Series
The Climate-Sustainability Lecture Series highlights understanding of the science, technology, and policies relating to climate change and sustainable development. Experts in related fields from within NSU and other institutions are the featured speakers. The series provides faculty members and students the opportunity to discuss the scientific, technological, social, and policy aspects of sustainability-related issues.

For more information, contact Song Gao, Ph.D., associate professor at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, at (954) 262-8388.