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Framework programme


Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 22 million

Official Journal Reference

L 3 of 1984-01-05

Legislative Reference

of 1983-12-22
To develop test procedures and standard methodologies for evaluating the performance, reliability, durability and qualification of photovoltaic and thermal conversion systems and to monitor plants and collect data in order to provide effective feedback from Community R&D projects on solar energy testing techniques and ensure dissemination of the information obtained.


Part of the first Framework Programme (1984-1987) under sub-activity 5.3.: "Non-nuclear energies", this programme constituted the Joint Research Centre's contribution to the Research Action Programme (RAP) "Non-nuclear energies" in which all the Community's renewable energy activities were coordinated and developed.

The research was carried out in a group of facilities for testing photovoltaic and solar heat devices - the European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) - at the Ispra establishment of the JRC.


Two projects:

- Photovoltaic devices and systems:
Pre-normative testing studies of photovoltaic devices, monitoring of photovoltaic plants, research into photovoltaic semiconductor materials and contributions to standards writing organizations;

- Thermal conversion:
Development of test methods for predicting the performance and evaluating the durability of solar components and systems.


The Commission, assisted by the board of governors of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), was responsible for carrying out the programme, which was executed at the Ispra establishment of the JRC.

Information was disseminated in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2380/74 of 17 September 1974 (Official Journal No L 255 of 20.9.1974), adopting provisions for the dissemination of information relating to research programmes for the European Economic Community.

The Commission submitted annual reports on the execution of the programme to the Council and the European Parliament and reviewed it in its third year with a view to a further four-year programme. A final critical analysis carried out by independent experts was also submitted.
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