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A science base on photovoltaics performance for increased market transparency and customer confidence

A science base on photovoltaics performance for increased market transparency and customer confidence

Objective

The European PV market is developing rapidly, with new products and services, new actors and technologies emerging constantly while overall business grows by over 30% a year. During such growth of market and industry it is of particular importance to lay a sound basis of understanding of the quality and performance of products and systems, harmonise procedures for their testing and labelling and disseminate this knowledge to all involved players. Customers, manufacturers and service providers today ask for increased transparency and increased confidence and planning reliability. And they will all benefit from a joint effort on pre-normative research on performance assessment of photovoltaics presented here. The PERFORMANCE project covers all pre-normative as pects from cell to system level and from instantaneous device characterisation and system measurement to their life-time performance prediction and assessment. The limitations of current indoor and outdoor calibration measurement technology will be investi gated and precision will be improved, covering current technologies as well as new and advanced cell and module concepts. Methods will be developed to connect from measurements of module power to module energy production. In a third pillar, methodologies f or the assessment of the life-time performance of PV modules will be developed. Based on all these work packages, a modelling and analysis programme will provide the analytical understanding of PV performance in the broad and systematic manner mentioned ab ove. Following this work programme, PERFORMANCE will produce a consistent set of measurement and modelling methodologies to create the transparency needed for the European market and industry. Next to this significant scientific effort, intense involvement of all European companies along the value chain will be organised systematically through feedback loops. Project results will be fed directly into standardisation processes on CENELEC and IEC level.

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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

Address

Hansastrasse 27 C
MÜNchen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Volker WITTWER (Dr)

Participants (31)

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PROJEKTGESELLSCHAFT SOLARE ENERGIESYSTEME MBH

Germany

EUROPEAN PHOTOVOLTAIC INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Belgium

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS

Spain

POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA

Poland

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

TUV IMMISSIONSSCHUTZ UND ENERGIESYSTEME GMBH

Germany

ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

France

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA (SUPSI)

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE

United Kingdom

ZENTRUM FUER SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG, BADEN-WUERTEMBERG

Germany

ISOFOTON S.A.

Spain

SHELL SOLAR GMBH

Germany

PHOENIX SOLAR AG

Germany

CONERGY AG

Germany

SCHOTT SOLAR GMBH

Germany

SCHEUTEN SOLAR SYSTEMS BV

Netherlands

OSTERREICHISCHES FORSCHUNGS UND PRUFZENTRUM ARSENAL GES.M.B.H

Austria

BEN GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV.

Israel

TALLINNA TEHNIKAULIKOOL

Estonia

METEOCONTROL GMBH

Germany

HOCHSCHULE MAGDEBURG-STENDAL

Germany

SVERIGES PROVNINGS- OCH FORSKNINGSINSTITUT AB

Sweden

POLYMER COMPETENCE CENTER LEOBEN GMBH

Austria

ECOFYS B.V.

Netherlands

IT POWER LIMITED

United Kingdom

PSE GMBH - FORSCHUNG, ENTWICKLUNG, MARKETING

Germany

AVANCIS GMBH & CO. KG

Germany

WUERTH ELEKTRONIK RESEARCH GMBH

Germany

PSE AG.

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 19718

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 809 940

  • EU contribution

    € 6 999 939

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

Germany