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PV Crops

PhotoVoltaic Cost r€duction, Reliability, Operational performance, Prediction and Simulation.  An ambitious acronym for a Research project which aims to:

  • Improve the performance, reliability and lifetime of PV systems: 9% increase of the performance ratio.
  • Reduce their cost: 30% reduction of PV energy cost, down to 0.07€/kWh for PV plants in Southern Europe and 0.14€/kWh for residential PV in mid-latitude Europe.
  • Enhance their integration into the electrical grid: a penetration rate of 30%, by predicting PV power fluctuations, and mitigating them by new power management and storage technologies.

Funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, PV Crops will produce results targeting the PV industry including technical documents, toolbox solutions, technology development, databases, training and spin-offs.  The project duration is 36 months, has €6 million in funding, consisting of twelve partners in seven countries under the coordination of the Instituto de Energía Solar of the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid.


Project Contact :  Prof. Michael Conlon

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