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.
FRIENDS2 aims at developing new coating designs in order to improve the performance of Solar Thermal Energy (STE) key component materials. It includes computer modeling, multi-technique coating deposition, use of advanced characterization techniques, and the possibility of scaling-up new coating developments
The project is integrated both in terms of research as well as training. SOLAR-TRAIN will qualify selected early stage researchers 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.
CHEOPS aims to advance photovoltaic cells with perovskite and maturate it for commercialisation by working on three major challenges: upscaling of the technology, developing of tandem cells and assessment of potential benefits, risks and impacts.
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.
Τhis note examines the costs of utility-scale solar PV equipment, access to financial markets, insolation, and other project-related variables in 13 countries.
In India, nearly 1 in 4 people still don’t have access to electricity. Many of them live in poor communities, where the lack of electricity prevents them from living better, more productive lives. To increase energy access for the poor, India has set unprecedented, ambitious plans to boost solar energy nationwide.
This PV minigrid costing study aims to provide a benchmark of the on-site (upfront costs only, including hard costs and logistics) of already commissioned PV only or PV-diesel hybrid mini-grids in the African and Asian contexts, that have a proven track record of operation, to enable the pinpointing of opportunities for cost reduction in future projects.
This document explains the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders such as the asset manager, the operation service provider and the maintenance provider, and provides an overview of technical and contractual terms to achieve a common understanding of the subject. It then walks the reader through the different components of O&M, classifying requirements into ‘minimum requirements’, ‘best practices’ and ‘recommendations’.
The Zambia Stand-Alone Solar Businesses Guide describes the country and market context, the investment opportunities while reviewing the regulatory and operational steps required for developers and investors to enter the Zambian market. The Guide includes case studies and model business cases to help readers grasp the investment attractiveness in each market segment.
This report analyses the rooftop solar sector and makes recommendations to meet India's target of 40 GW rooftop solar capacity by 2022. Specifically, the report recommends measures that can facilitate progress towards this target without any additional subsidies.
This report aims at providing preliminary information on how the PV market developed in the last year, including the top 10 markets in 2018, the total installed capacity in the world, policies and market trends.
This paper gives an overview of installed PV for all countries in the world, being predicated based on the examination of publically accessible data. Furthermore, an analysis of the development of cumulative PV capacities in recent years is given.
This report claims as a call to action to finally untap the potential for photovoltaics (PV) on the continent, covering ten key markets on the African continent by giving an overview of countries and their market potential for PV as well as trends, opportunities and business models paving the way for the energy transition in Africa. Also, an investigation of key supporting policies and framework conditions for PV including self-consumption is implemented.
This technical study provides an overview on the status on ways of measuring, monitoring and controlling solar thermal in smaller systems, with a clear focus on current methods. It looks into the state-of-the-art for solar thermal, including some components such as sensors, controllers and connectivity. Also, provides possible service offerings based on the remote monitoring, controlling of solar heating systems.
The solar industry was estimated to add record capacity of 130-135 GW in 2020. However, Covid-19 has caused unprecedented turmoil across the world. Wide-scale suspension of economic activity, supply chain disruption and employee health concerns have created supply and demand shocks across the energy sector. The challenge for governments, policy makers and private sector players is to manage this period of uncertainty and plan for the future.
ThIs webinar presents the latest analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on solar markets and opportunities for a green recovery..
This Webinar, developed in partnership with the INES and EACREEE, first provides a global solar market overview focused on fostering the understanding of technical and economic data available in the market, and then closely examines the East African energy context, including the technical, regulatory, institutional and financial aspects of the Solar PV market, as well as the key challenges to scaling up the technology’s uptake in the region.
This roadmap pathway is focusing on the standardized and cost optimal solutions to integrate solar thermal technology in all industrial processes, by developing collector structures adapted to industrial buildings, improved large-scale solar collector arrays, and new planning and design tools.
This publication tries to provide guidelines for policy and framework conditions related to solar heating and cooling, in particular solar water heating. It aims at providing a quick overview of the main issues to be considered for setting the right framework for the promotion of the solar thermal technology. Therefore, it outlines key recommendations and guidelines for the implementation of a programme for the promotion of solar water heating.
This guide aims at explaining the relevance of quality assurance for a sustainable market development, besides providing an overview of quality assurance measures applied to solar thermal products and installations around the world. It also indicates some possible steps in order to set up a quality assurance system in a country.
This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) explores the prospects for renewables, including solar energy to enhance national economies and strengthen the Southeast Europe energy mix. It analyses the current energy landscape, the potential and costs for scaling up renewables, the policy frameworks and investments required, and the expected socio-economic impact of transforming the region’s energy system.
This report examines renewable District Heating and Cooling potential up to 2030, based on three main technology pathways. The baseline “Reference Case” builds on current national energy plans in nine countries (China, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Japan, the United States, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates). The “REmap” case includes rapid scale-up within planned DHC capacity. The third pathway, “Structural Shift”, assumes expanded DHC capacity, with new networks fed entirely by renewables.
The present report outlines the role of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in the transformation of the global energy system based on IRENA’s climate resilient pathway (remap case), specifically the growth in solar PV power deployment that would be needed in the next three decades to achieve the Paris climate goals.
The AURES Auction Academy was wrapped up with an online debate focusing on pros and cons of auctions for renewable energy compared with other European support systems, on recommendations on auction design based on experiences in the countries analysed so far, on key recommendations to utilities working with tenders and auctions for the first time, on effects on prices of renewable energy so far and on interesting findings in the AURES research and dialogue with stakeholders.
This webinar will give practioners more hands-on information on the design of RES auctions, focusing on pre-qualification rules and penalties. The two elements are closely related in that they are, amongst other things, used to enhance the ‘seriousness’ of bids and improve realisation rates. We will present the different design alternatives and arguments for and against using each of the features. Furthermore, we will give an overview of current practices for both design elements implementations for RES support in Europe and the rest of the world.
Cette étude a pour objectif de proposer une stratégie de soutien au développement de la filière photovoltaïque en France pour la période 2016-2020.
Le présent rapport dresse un état des lieux des coûts des installations photovoltaïques de moyenne et grande puissance (de 100 kWc à 30 MWc) développées dans le cadre des appels d’offres en métropole continentale.
Ce rapport présente les résultats du volet qualitatif du suivi dumarché français des systèmes photovoltaïques dans le résidentiel.
L’objectif de ce guide est de permettre au lecteur de mieux comprendre comment développer, financer, construire et exploiter avec succès des centrales solaires PV marchandes. Il cible les promoteurs de projets entrant sur le marché, et est destiné à être une source de référence pour les entrepreneurs, les investisseurs, les décideurs publics et autres parties prenantes travaillant sur des projets PV sur les marchés émergents.
The government of Korea has unveiled a plan to help the PV industry reduce the cost of solar panels from around $0.23/W to $0.10/W by 2030. The plan also aims to reach module efficiencies of around 24% – up to 35% for multi-junction cells – by the end of the next decade.
This webinar is mostly directed towards investors and project developers that are engaged in bidding in RES auctions. We will go through different behavioural incentives, depending on auction format and pricing rule and describe the most common bidding strategies. We will assess these bidding strategies, e.g. in terms of rationality. We will then present do’s and don’ts for bidding in a RES auction.
Le financement de l’irrigation à énergie solaire peut représenter une opportunité pour les organismes de financement qui cherchent à diversifier leur portefeuille de prêts et à élargir leur gamme de produits financiers. Le module INVESTIR porte sur les caractéristiques produits des prêts ayant pour objet les systèmes d’irrigation à énergie solaire (SPIS) et présente le financement direct destiné par les organismes de financement à un emprunteur final ayant une exploitation agricole petite ou moyenne. Le module précise également en quoi il diffère du financement des systèmes d’irrigation conventionnels. Il fournit également des conseils aux prestataires de services financiers qui financent déjà des systèmes d’irrigation à énergie solaire ou qui prévoient de le faire.
Le module S’INFORMER fournit aux conseillers agricoles et aux prestataires de services financiers des informations essentielles pour comprendre le principe de fonctionnement d’un système d’irrigation à énergie solaire (SPIS) et identifier les différents éléments de ce dernier. Ce module décrit tout d’abord comment les différentes configurations des éléments sont susceptibles d’influer sur la performance de l’ensemble du système. Le module S’INFORMER permettra aux prestataires de services agricoles et financiers d’aider les utilisateurs potentiels d’un SPIS en leur fournissant des informations actualisées sur les avantages et les inconvénients de cette technologie et sur les différents éléments qui la compose.
This guide touches upon how the off-grid solar sector is defined, what kind of companies operate within as well as their business models, what kinds of investment opportunities are available and some key considerations for new investors in the sector.
This report recommends policy changes, business models as well as financing instruments for the expansion of rooftop solar power in India.
Les notions nécessaires pour l’étude et la conception des installations photovoltaïques sont recueillies dans ce document, en apportant d’information théorique, d’exercices et d’exemples pratiques.
Cette étude présente les principaux enjeux environnementaux associés à la filière de l’énergie solaire.
This report consists of three distinct tasks, which examines the role of CSP and other solar plus storage technologies in providing grid services spanning timescales from seconds to decades
This report examines the evolution of solar PV simulators, from single-rooftop assessments at the household level to large-scale, aggregate-level analyses undertaken by municipal authorities and other large entities. The report also highlights the growing range of accessible, free online solar simulators.
Photovoltaic solar energy (PV) is expected to play a key role in the future global sustainable energy system. It has demonstrated impressive developments in terms of the scale of deployment, cost reduction and performance enhancement, most visibly over the past decade. In this paper it is argued, however, that in view of actual developments in PV over the past few decades there are good reasons to adopt another approach, that does more justice to the role and potential of existing and new PV concepts and technologies.
Solar photovoltaic (solar PV) electricity has recently become the lowest cost source of electricity in most parts of the world. Solar PV supports a socially just and acceptable energy transition and integrated applications, as well as new business opportunities. This report is focusing on one of these new business opportunities. It aims at describing the added value of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) for a successful energy transition in European cities, as well as the related opportunities for EU businesses. It describes the regulatory and market framework needed for sustainable business models for BIPV, that are adapted to city planning constraints and specificities.
This guide aims at promoting solar water heating (SWH) systems to architects and builders from developing countries and help them consider integrating SWH applications in their designs. Intending to be a useful handbook, this “Quick Guide” provides a compact overview of the technology and its main characteristics; as well as the main requirements to be considered for its application in different types of projects and in different geographical locations.
This webinar will give practioners the first hands-on information on the design of RES auctions. Here, we will go through the selecting of adequate auction formats and pricing rules for RES auctions. We base our recommendations on the ongoing theoretical and experimental analysis work currently undertaken by auction experts in the AURES project. We will show how the selection of the appropriate design depends on specific policy goals and market conditions in a country. We also present how certain designs may score in terms of different success criteria (such as effectiveness, efficiency, socio-political feasibility and more), and what trade-offs and synergies may arise between criteria.
This report provides an operational analysis of 2030 that includes spatially disaggregated, hourly commitment and dispatch modeling. Our modeling includes constraints on transmission, unit-specific costs and operating constraints, and hourly, weekly and seasonal inter-temporal constraints that have not been previously analyzed.
This latest Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report presents sales and impact data for July to December 2018, reflecting the performance of 84 companies, which are GOGLA members and companies that sell Lighting Global quality-verified products. This report provides sales data for solar lanterns, multi-light systems and solar home systems (SHS) in 46 countries.
This report provides insights into the social and economic impact of off-grid solar. It follows the “Powering Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Off-Grid Solar” report which highlighted the domino effect solar home systems (SHS) are having on household economic activity, creating income and improving quality of life. This latest report confirms those findings, sheds new light on how this impact evolves over time, and explores how economic activity equates to full time equivalent (FTE) employment.
The goal of the report is to give an overview of the general trends, to highlight special applications and outstanding projects and to document the solar thermal capacity installed in the important markets worldwide. Furthermore, it is the goal to ascertain the contribution of solar thermal systems to the supply of energy and the CO2 emissions avoided as a result of operating these sys tems.
Ce site permet aux utilisateurs de surveiller leurs installations photovoltaïque, vérifier les devis d'installation et d'estimer leur production photovoltaïque. Il contient aussi une base de données comportant les statistiques sur le photovoltaïque telles que la production par région, une carte interactive des installations existantes par région ou département, par installateur, par panneaux ou par onduleurs.
Cet outil accessible gratuitement permet de comparer différents modes de valorisation de l’électricité photovoltaïque, afin de vérifier les hypothèses d’une offre commerciale et opérer un choix éclairé entre vente de la totalité, vente du surplus et autoconsommation sans vente. Il offre aux porteurs de projet, surtout non sachants, un aperçu de l’équilibre économique d’une installation photovoltaïque. Il permet aussi aux professionnels de mieux conseiller leurs clients sur le choix à faire entre les différents modèles de financement et de raccordement.
L’objectif de ce site est de mettre à disposition de tous, particuliers, professionnels, collectifs citoyens, décideurs politiques, etc. une information de qualité, fiable et indépendante sur les aspects techniques, économiques et juridiques de la filière photovoltaïque.
Ce dispositif permet de s’assurer, dans la durée, du bon fonctionnement des installations solaires de production d’eau chaude, en comparant mois par mois la production réelle à celle attendue, calculée dans les conditions réelles de fonctionnement. L'application est uniquement disponible pour les installations enregistrées de la région Rhône Alpes.