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PhotoVoltaic Cost r€duction, Reliability, Operational performance, Prediction and Simulation

Objective

PV CROPS addresses 3 key objectives of the call topic:
1) Improvement of performance, reliability and lifetime
2) Cost reduction of PV systems
3) Better integration of PV into grid
The 2 first objectives lead to a lower Levelized Cost of Energy, LCoE. So, the main objectives of PV CROPS are:
1- Reduction of 30% of the LCoE of PV to achieve 0.14-0.07 €/kWh by 2020 and 0.20–0.09 €/kWh by 2015 and an increase of 9% in the performance ratio of PV systems
2- Enhancement of the grid integration of PV by mitigating PV power fluctuations and integrating energy management and storage to allow 30% of PV penetration by 2020
The objectives are attained through 5 fields of work.
1) Robust modelling, advanced simulation and design optimization: through an open source, simulation and design toolbox incorporating built-in learning tools
2) Prediction of system output with respect to solar resource, local weather and system behaviour: including prediction and mitigation of PV power fluctuations
3) Integration of energy management and storage strategies: using innovative batteries and allowing PV to participate in the secondary regulation of the grid.
4) Monitoring, real time follow-up and advanced diagnoses of performance: providing performance analyses including the detection of hidden problems reducing operational costs.
5) Hardware, software and contractual solutions for field and laboratory testing: developing kit solutions for the commissioning of PV plants and BIPV.
PV CROPS includes 19 results: technical documents, toolbox solutions, technology development, databases, training and spin-offs. The results will be validated on a wide set of EU PV systems, and in one of the biggest PV plants in EU and one of the biggest one in the world under project in Morocco.
The results will lead to the following quantified impacts:
30% LCoE reduction
9% Performance Ratio increase
Reduction of PV power fluctuations to less than 10% in 10 min to allow 30% of PV penetrati
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Address

Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 942 258

Administrative Contact

Roberto Prieto (Mr.)

Participants (11)

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UNIVERSIDAD PUBLICA DE NAVARRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 421 616

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 353 780

CENTRAL LABORATORY OF SOLAR ENERGY& NEW ENERGY SOURCES OF THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 263 709

INSTITIUID TEICNEOLAIOCHTA BHAILE ATHA CLIATH

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 276 408

Office National de l'Electricité

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 136 222

ACCIONA ENERGIA S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 349 700

INGETEAM POWER TECHNOLOGY SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 243 840

RTONE SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 169 180

SUNSWITCH SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 154 752,40

RENEWABLE ENERGY DYNAMICS TECHNOLOGY LTD

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 226 180

ASSOCIATION POUR LA PROMOTION DES ENERGIES RENOUVELABLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 260 960

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308468

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 395 951,40

  • EU contribution

    € 3 798 605,40

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain