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The programme aim was the indigenous European development of a comprehensive set of photovoltaic systems and of all associated technologies. The power range from 30 to 300 kW was covered, including the world's largest fixed plate array to date. A particular feature was that it was possible to pool together 15 different plants which are spread all over Europe and involve many different technological approaches in one single programme. Even better, the programme has become a good example for the effectiveness of a European and transnational approach for large and complex research projects in this area. The pv pilot plants were developed and built by consortia or industrial associations from 8 Member Countries of the European Communities. After completion of most of the plants today, it can be said that the programme was successful. In particular the following goals set out by the Commission in the beginning could be met: - a large variety of high performance pv technologies and systems are now available in Europe ready to meet many applications; - photovoltaic systems are viable in all European climates; - photovoltaic systems can be built environmentally and aesthetically attractive; Europe's industry now has a firm base of valuable technology to build on for future photovoltaic applications in and outside Europe.

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Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: P. 297, HFL 110, 1984. ISBN 90-277-1725-7. PUBL. BY: KLUVER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS GROUP, DORDRECHT, NL. (EUR 8830 E)
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