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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Newly re-furbished facilities of the JRC's European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) in Ispra will be inaugurated on Monday 24 June 2013. The upgraded laboratories allow ESTI to assess the performance of new and improved photovoltaic (PV) devices, to perform pre-normative research and to help develop international standards.
New capabilities include, for example, power calibration for thin film, concentrated or organic PV, which will contribute to the promotion of innovation in PV technologies in the EU. This new instrumentation allows verification of both initial and long term performance of these new photovoltaic prototypes and products.
This modernisation project will allow ESTI to keep pace with the rapidly evolving PV market and be able to address forthcoming standardisation issues. In addition, it will enable ESTI to maintain and extend its role as European reference laboratory, in particular for next generation photovoltaic technologies.
The ESTI Opening will be followed by a scientific symposium on the "Measurement and Performance Assessment for Global PV Markets".