Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Dr Ian Cole

Research Associate

Tel: +44 (0)1509 635605

Location: MBG.0.J12, Garendon Wing

Ian is a Research Associate working in the Applied Photovoltaics (APV) research group at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST). His research interests are varied, with specialisation in CPV modelling; system simulations and performance prediction; optical system design and optimisation; modelling parameter optimisation and standardisation; electroluminescence (EL) and photoluminescence (PL).

Current research activities include the harmonisation and improvement of PV system modelling standards throughout the European research sector and the advancement of CPV system design and performance prediction methods with a particular focus on bespoke software development.

Keywords & Expertise:

  • Solar Energy
  • Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV)
  • Modelling
  • Simulations
  • Optics

Ian received his first degree in Physics from Loughborough University in 2009. He was then awarded a faculty studentship for a PhD in the School of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering Department; his PhD thesis is entitled ‘Modelling Concentrator Photovoltaics’. Ian has been a Research Associate at CREST since October 2013. During this time at CREST he has worked on the supervision of BSc and MSc projects, and led a CPV Measurement & Modelling research group. He currently sits on a technical expert panel for PV system performance simulation in a European research project.

Key research areas for Ian are:

  • Development and optimisation of solar energy related simulation programmes and modelling techniques
  • Parameter standardisation
  • CPV System Design & Optimisation
  • Bespoke software solutions

Selected publications:

Cole, I.R.; Betts, T.R.; Gottschalg, R.; ‘Solar Profiles and Spectral Modeling for CPV Simulations’. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, January 2012, 62 – 67, ISSN: 2156-3381. 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2011.2177445