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Tools for Enhanced Photovoltaic System Performance

Objective

For a continued decrease of levelised costs of energy from photovoltaics (PV), the prices of PV system components have to be further decreased while performance, functionality, reliability and lifetime on the component and system level need to be increased. In an integrated view, PV system performance emerges from, but is not limited to the performance of the components. The Performance Plus project focuses on the PV system rather than on the component level. The main idea of the project is to optimise the system as a whole rather than the separate components.

The aim is to develop a collection of tools for modelling, monitoring and control of PV systems. All R&D results and models will be validated with empirical data. The realisations will be demonstrated. In order to ensure economic impact, possible pathways for exploitation will be explored jointly by the partners during the project execution.

The tools will serve to optimize and enhance the performance, reliability and lifetime of commercial PV systems beyond the state of the art. Means for a better integration of PV-generated electricity into the power system shall be provided by methods for short-term forecasting, integrated energy management and storage control, PV system monitoring and control.

Specific objectives are:
- Robust system design modelling for diligent design and bankability
- Robust operational modelling for optimising the system output
- Integrated energy management and storage control
- Real time monitoring and control: sensors communication and feedback
- Hardware and software tools for testing
- Validation, demonstration and target control

Performance Plus will bring scientific knowledge far beyond the state of the art for each of the objectives listed. The project is scheduled for 36 months.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2012-1-2STAGE
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Coordinator

3E
Address
Kalkkaai 6
1000 Brussel
Belgium

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mauricio Richter (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 730 016,40

Participants (8)

ALITEC SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 218
Address
Via Ponte Nazionale 33
54023 Filattiera

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Botti (Dr.)
DANFOSS POWER ELECTRONICS AS

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 5 445,57
Address
Ulsnaes 1
6300 Grasten

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Søren Bækhøj Kjær (Mr.)
Enel Ingegneria e Innovazione SpA

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Viale Regina Margherita 125
00198 Rome

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Gentili (Dr.)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 480 036,50
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Mrs.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 414 666
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Vanhaeren (Ms.)
SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 468 376,69
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Domenico Chianese (Mr.)
CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 385 623,40
Address
Ammerlaender Heerstrasse 114-118
26129 Oldenburg

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joerg Stahlmann
AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 409 135,12
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Parik Michael