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Photovoltaic module life time forecast and evaluation

Objective

The quality assurance in the photovoltaic industry is yet in its infancy, requiring both underpinning science and trained personnel to reduce costs of energy. An unmet industrial requirement is an accelerated, and operating environment specific, service life time and energy yield assessment. SOLAR-TRAIN will qualify ESRs in the field of PV durability as part of a highly innovative, multi-disciplinary project meeting industry requirements. The objective is to develop novel, validated models for the service life time and energy prediction of PV modules and systems. The elements to this puzzle are researched in the frame of 14 PhD projects with individual areas of focus, such as (a) climatic degradation factors, (b) system analytics, (c) material (polymer) parameters, (d) service life & energy models, (e) linking production to performance and (f) performance enhancement by improved O&M. Commercial and test samples will be produced and tested in the distributed measurement campaign during this project. They will be exposed to state-of-the-art and to-be-developed stress cycles to allow a validated link of degradation to stresses, production methods, materials and methods of deployment. Accelerated and lower cost test cycles for the assessment of innovative materials and module developments will be delivered. The project is integrated both in terms of research as well as training. This inter-sectoral approach provides excellent theoretical and technical background as well as immersion in different business sectors and career mentoring, allowing ESRs to build up a sustainable professional network across Europe. For a most effective cross-sectoral training, the project’s beneficiaries and partners represent the entire value chain, from materials developers / manufacturers through to operators and insurance companies. SOLAR-TRAIN will deliver on the targets stated in Issue Paper No. 2 of the SET Plan to maintain and strengthen PV leadership in Europe.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 747 649,44

Participants (7)

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 819 863,64
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 469 995,12
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION CENER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 7
31621 Sarriguren
Activity type
Research Organisations
POLYMER COMPETENCE CENTER LEOBEN GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 511 868,16
Address
Roseggerstrasse 12
8700 Leoben
Activity type
Research Organisations
ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano
Activity type
Research Organisations
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BAYWA R.E. OPERATION SERVICES SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Largo Augusto 3
20122 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (10)

APLICACIONES TECNICAS DE LA ENERGIASL
Spain
Address
Avenida De La Foia 14 Parque
46440 Almussafes Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Bisol Proizvodnja, d.o.o.
Slovenia
Address
Latkova Vas 59A
3312 Prebold Prebold
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EVASA SA
Spain
Address

A Coruña
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Austria
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISOVOLTAIC AG
Austria
Address
Isovoltaicstrasse 1
8403 Lebring
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings Limited
United Kingdom
Address
7Th Floor 33 Holborn
EC1N 2HT London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Solarwatt
Germany
Address
Maria-reiche -Straße 2A
01109 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Solar Insurance B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Mr. B.m. Teldersstraat 11
6803 ED Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)