Southern Research Institute, the 500-strong not-for-profit based in Birmingham, Ala., that conducts preclinical drug discovery and development, advanced engineering research in materials, systems development, and environment and energy research, this summer announced the completion of a facility to study solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The Southeastern Solar Research Center (SSRC), will house numerous research efforts beginning with an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) project focused on solar PV system orientation, tracking and aging.
"A number of utilities, including Southern Company and its subsidiary Alabama Power, are interested in evaluating the performance and operating characteristics of different configurations for solar PV systems," said Michael D. Johns, Vice President, Engineering at Southern Research Institute. "The SSRC may provide key insights into their performance in the high heat, high humidity, high precipitation and high pollen environment typical of this area of the country."
SRI operates additional laboratories and offices in Wilsonville and Huntsville, Ala.; Frederick, Md.; Durham, N.C.; Houston, Texas; and Cartersville, Ga.