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EGNSS high Accuracy SYstem improving PhotoVoltaic plants maintenance

Objective

EGNSS high Accuracy SYstem improving PhotoVoltaic plants maintenance.

The purpose of the EASY PV proposal is to provide a time and cost effective service as direct response to the growing need expressed by several maintainers and PV field owners to enhance the energy production of their plants.

As photovoltaic plants are aging, it is not uncommon that their production lowers due to inefficiency caused by unknown modules on the plant lowering the whole plant’s productivity. Thermal inspections are valuable for PV owners and maintainers, but relevant procedures (currently performed by operators with handheld cameras) are time demanding and sometimes expensive due to safety costs for the personnel involved in the operations (e.g.: PV modules on roofs, rough areas, …). It stands to reason that today such operations are not fully automated yet and the responsive recognition of a broken module might result very difficult in a large PV plant.

As a first improved solution, the growing technology of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) is exploited to gather thermic images which are geo-referenced by GPS positioning and processed by computer vision algorithms. However this configuration is very respectful but still not enough in order to provide the required positioning accuracy for the automation and fast identification of the broken modules. Only the aid of accurate positioning allows a cost effective solution to reduce time, costs and risks for personnel involved: the added value provided by the employment of GNSS high accuracy solutions as novelty in the RPAS domain is the key driver for the EASY PV turnkey solution.

Finally EASY PV solution is conceived to build up an automatic system for acquiring, georeferencing and processing both visible and thermal images captured by an RPAS equipped with a Galileo/EGNOS high accuracy receiver, flying over a photovoltaic field. In this way it is possible to easily detect the defective modules to be replaced.

Call for proposal

H2020-Galileo-GSA-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-Galileo-2015-1

Coordinator

SISTEMATICA SPA
Net EU contribution
€ 325 937,50
Address
Via Dei Monti Parioli 48
00197 Roma
Italy

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 139 687,50

Participants (6)

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

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Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 74 118,75
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7k
9220 Aalborg
Region
Danmark Nordjylland Nordjylland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
TOPVIEW SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 173 250,00
Address
Via Pertini 25
81020 San Nicola La Strada

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sud Campania Caserta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 74 250,00
Entec Spa
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 102 200,00
Address
Via Montegrappa 2
12038 Savigliano

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Cuneo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 43 800,00
DEEP BLUE SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 57 750,00
Address
Via Ennio Quirino Visconti 8
00193 Roma

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 24 750,00
ALPHA CONSULTANTS (UK) LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 153 085,63
Address
27 Old Gloucester Street
WC1N 3AX London

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 65 608,12
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 49 631,25
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

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Region
Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00