The project covered six European countries (incl. Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Spain) and Turkey. Private investors and decision makers in banks and insurance companies were introduced to the new business models, allowing them to include these results in their decision process as regards new investments. The project also assessed what political framework for the application of new financing models is required and which barriers slow the PV expansion.
The project aims at demonstrating and introducing into the market key enabling technologies to improve predictability and flexibility of a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant with molten salt energy storage. These technologies are the design and operation of molten salt once-through steam generator, allowing fully flexible plant operation and an integrated weather forecast and dispatch optimization, allowing fully predictable energy dispatch. CSP will undergo large growth in developing markets, where grid constraints and market liberalization will play a role. Developing these key-enabling technologies will put European industries in the position to compete at the forefront in the market worldwide.
This research project scope aims at the definition of an ECRIA (European Common Research and Innovation Agenda) engaging major European research institutions with activities on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) into an integrated structure to consolidate existing EU and national resources.
INSHIP aims to develop coordinated R&D activities (TRLs 2-5) with the ambition of progressing SHIP beyond the state-of-the-art through:
- An easier integration of low and medium temperature technologies suiting the operation, durability and reliability requirements of industrial end users
- Expanding the range of SHIP applications to the EI sector through the development of suitable process embedded solar concentrating technologies
- Overcoming the present barrier of applications only in the low and medium temperature ranges
- Increasing the synergies within industrial parks through centralized heat distribution networks and exploiting the potential synergies of these networks with district heating and with the electricity grid.
This research project aims to develop a revolutionary innovation in water management of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants, a more flexible integrated solution comprising different innovative technologies and optimized strategies for the cooling of the power-block and the cleaning of the solar field optical surface. The integrated solution provides an effective combination of technologies allowing a significant reduction in water consumption (up to 70% - 90%) and a significant improvement in the water management of CSP plants.
CHEETAH’s aims to solve specific R&D issues in the EERA-PV Joint Program and to overcome fragmentation of European PV R&D in Europe and intensify the collaboration between R&D providers and industry to accelerate the industrialization of innovations. CHEETAH's ambition is to develop technology and foster innovative manufacturing capabilities and photovoltaic products so that Europe can develop its technological and industrial capacity in all parts of the value chain.
InSun aims to demonstrate the reliability and quality of large scale solar thermal systems for different types of industrial process heat applications on medium and higher temperature levels, each system with a maximum heating power of 1 MW.
The project MATS is focused on the innovative CSP technology developed by ENEA as an improvement of its Solar Thermodynamic technology based on molten salts as heat transfer fluid. This technology allows combined heat and power production from solar source integrated with renewable fuels, such as biomass, biogas, industrial residues, etc.
The project aims at developing and demonstrating models and tools for monitoring, control and testing of PV systems, focusing on the system as a whole rather than separate components only. The developed tools will serve to optimize and enhance the performance, reliability and lifetime of commercial PV systems beyond the state of the art.
The HYSOL Project focuses on overcoming the CSP technology limitations to increase its contribution in the global electric market, hybridising with biomass energy to achieve 100 % renewable and sustainable energy, and providing a stable and reliable power independently of meteorological circumstances.
EU Heroes aims to enable better network connection of the increasing amounts of community-owned solar PV, helping communities to work together to reduce carbon emissions and play a part in the new energy revolution. The EU Heroes project will bring together network operators, community solar practitioners and energy specialists to develop robust models for solar energy deployment that encourage the continued growth of community solar energy.
The NextBase project, deals with the development of innovative high performance c-Si solar cells and modules based on the interdigitated back-contacted silicon heterojunction (IBC-SHJ) solar cell concept targeting cells with efficiency above 26.0% and corresponding solar modules with efficiency above 22.0%. Also, pursues the development of a new industrial manufacturing tool and low-cost processes enabling a competitive IBC-SHJ solar module.
The overall objective of this project is to develop an innovative high performance and cost-effective solar heat and power system for application in individual dwellings and small business residential buildings for on-site electricity and heat generation using solar thermal energy.
The proposed technology is built around a novel flat Fresnel mirror solar concentrating collector and micro Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) plant combined with advanced Phase Change Material (PCM) thermal storage equipped with reversible heat pipes for rapid charging and discharging.
GOTSolar proposes disruptive approaches for the development of highly efficient, long-lasting and environmentally safe perovskite solar cells (PSCs).
MOSAIC aims to design, manufacture and validate an innovative CSP concept with low implementation costs at the highest plant efficiencies which will reduce the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE).
Solar Sharc is a durable highly repellent coating which is being developed for deposition onto PV modules and will eliminate the accumulation of surface contamination. Currently, the few commercially available highly repellent coatings lack mechanical & chemical durability, a fundamental barrier to widespread industrial adoption. Solar Sharc aims to overcome this by building on ground-breaking developments and providing a cost-effective self-cleaning coating for the PV sector that is a superior alternative to current coatings.
Τhe main objective of PVSITES project is to drive Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) technology to a large market deployment by demonstrating an ambitious portfolio of building integrated solar technologies and systems, giving a forceful, reliable answer to the market requirements identified by the industrial members of the consortium in their day-to-day activity.
STARCELL will develop a cost effective material (Kesterites) to substitute Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) in PV technologies, based on earth abundant elements with very low toxicity.
NEXTOWER shall introduce a set of innovative materials to boost the performance of atmospheric air-based concentrated solar power (CSP) systems to make them commercially viable.
The main vision of CABRISS is to develop a circular economy mainly for the photovoltaic, but also for electronic and glass industry. It will consist in the implementation of: (i) recycling technologies to recover In, Ag and Si for the sustainable PV technology and other applications; (ii) a solar cell processing roadmap, which will use Si waste for the high throughput, cost-effective manufacturing of hybrid Si based solar cells and will demonstrate the possibility for the re-usability and recyclability at the end of life of key PV materials.
Sharc25 is setting out to make an extremely efficient thin-film solar cell for the next generation of more cost-effective solar modules. Its objective is to achieve up to 25% efficiency in thin-film solar cells made by the coevaporation of copper indium gallium (di)selenide, or CIGS for short.