The dual objectives are to : 1)
systems projects in JOULE II, and 2)
various concerted activities.
With 14 partners and subcontractors from nine Member States, this project was able to draw on a vast wealth of European PV expertise. Outputs from the collaborative activities included the following: a high precision, low cost solar sensor; portable test equipment for on-site inverter testing; guidelines for calibration, operation and maintenance of PV components and systems; and a PV battery handbook. The results demonstrated the need for low-cost and reliable batteries specifically designed for PV applications. Overall, the results from this collaborative work could contribute to a cost reduction for PV plants of more than 20% as a consequence of improved product quality and reduced labour costs.
The goal of the concerted action tasks is to further improve state-of-the-art PV system technology and reduce the technical risks and costs associated with such hardware. Specific aims are to develop methodologies, guidelines, and procedures useful to current and future PV applications.
The situation in Europe is that many plants were installed by skilled and non-skilled designers, manufacturers, and institutes. This has resulted in small incremental improvements, many repetitions, and often diverging results when many developments should be converging into specific methodologies, criteria, and procedures.
The main reasons for a European Level Undertaking are to:
1) minimize duplications in technology development work in CEC projects, 2) produce consensus results, and
3) pool the resources which will yield the best results quickly. The expected Results of the project are,
1) Reduction in system costs, improvements in plant efficiency and reliability,
2) battery lifetime, and
3) new techniques in plant monitoring and diagnostics.
These advances will permit accelerated penetration and integration of PV technology in Europe.
Possible Applications. All system types will benefit:
1) stand-alone PV/battery and PV/hybrid, and
Other technologies which can use the results are telecommunication and uninterruptible power supplies for computer facilities.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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