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Photovoltaic module life time forecast and evaluation

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.
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 747 649,44

Participants (8)

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LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 819 863,64

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 469 995,12

FUNDACION CENER-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

POLYMER COMPETENCE CENTER LEOBEN GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 511 868,16

ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

KENERGIA SVILUPPO SRL

Italy

BAYWA R.E. OPERATION SERVICES SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

Partners (10)

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APLICACIONES TECNICAS DE LA ENERGIASL

Bisol Proizvodnja, d.o.o.

EVASA SA

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN

ISOVOLTAIC AG

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings Limited

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

SOLARWATT

Solar Insurance B.V.

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 721452

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 576 247,56

  • EU contribution

    € 3 576 247,56

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany