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EGNSS high Accuracy SYstem improving PhotoVoltaic plants maintenance

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.

Coordinator

SISTEMATICA SPA

Address

Via Donato Bramante 43
05100 Terni

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 325 937,50

Participants (6)

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AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 74 118,75

TOPVIEW SRL START UP INNOVATIVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 173 250

Entec Spa

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 102 200

DEEP BLUE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 57 750

ALPHA CONSULTANTS (UK) LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 153 085,63

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 49 631,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 687409

  • Start date

    1 February 2016

  • End date

    31 January 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 284 068,75

  • EU contribution

    € 935 973,13

Coordinated by:

SISTEMATICA SPA

Italy