SolarChilD (Solar Collaboration between Chile and Germany / NiƱo Solar)

  • Funding institution: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Support code: 01DN14005
  • Duration: 06/2013 to 05/2016
  • Consortium: Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) CHILE, Antofagasta Center for Energetic Development (CDEA), ISC Konstanz


Solar cells, modules and the other components of PV systems (power inverters, cable and storage devices) are currently adapted to the mild European climate. There have been a few rare attempts to adapt the components to extreme weather conditions, but this will not be sufficient in the future. The potential of PV in sunny regions, such as countries in Africa, Asia and South America, is enormous, but there have been a lack of systematic investigations and standardised testing methods looking at what conditions the components would have to withstand.

The main goal of SolarChilD is to extend the collaboration between the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) CHILE, the Antofagasta Center for Energetic Development (CDEA) and the International Solar Energy Research Center (ISC) Konstanz through the exchange of technology, ideas and researchers. To be more specific, the project will include:

  • developing the cooperation emerging in the area of photovoltaics,
  • encouraging interaction between researchers and students,
  • joint training and R&D across the entire PV value chain and adapting the individual elements (joint training, workshops, projects and publications),
  • testing and releasing research results, e.g. in demonstrators in social facilities, and
  • developing AtaMo, the Atacama desert module.

Scientific and/or technical goals of the project: We plan to be in close contact with SERC CHILE and CDEA, and to establish an international network. The schedule is divided into five work packages (WPs):

  • WP1: coordination
  • WP2: scientific exchange
  • WP3: R&D projects
  • WP4: demonstrators
  • WP5: workshops and utilisation