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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2012.2.1.1 | Award Amount: 5.40M | Year: 2012

PV CROPS addresses 3 key objectives of the call topic: 1) Improvement of performance, reliability and lifetime 2) Cost reduction of PV systems 3) Better integration of PV into grid The 2 first objectives lead to a lower Levelized Cost of Energy, LCoE. So, the main objectives of PV CROPS are: 1- Reduction of 30% of the LCoE of PV to achieve 0.14-0.07 /kWh by 2020 and 0.200.09 /kWh by 2015 and an increase of 9% in the performance ratio of PV systems 2- Enhancement of the grid integration of PV by mitigating PV power fluctuations and integrating energy management and storage to allow 30% of PV penetration by 2020 The objectives are attained through 5 fields of work. 1) Robust modelling, advanced simulation and design optimization: through an open source, simulation and design toolbox incorporating built-in learning tools 2) Prediction of system output with respect to solar resource, local weather and system behaviour: including prediction and mitigation of PV power fluctuations 3) Integration of energy management and storage strategies: using innovative batteries and allowing PV to participate in the secondary regulation of the grid. 4) Monitoring, real time follow-up and advanced diagnoses of performance: providing performance analyses including the detection of hidden problems reducing operational costs. 5) Hardware, software and contractual solutions for field and laboratory testing: developing kit solutions for the commissioning of PV plants and BIPV. PV CROPS includes 19 results: technical documents, toolbox solutions, technology development, databases, training and spin-offs. The results will be validated on a wide set of EU PV systems, and in one of the biggest PV plants in EU and one of the biggest one in the world under project in Morocco. The results will lead to the following quantified impacts: 30% LCoE reduction 9% Performance Ratio increase Reduction of PV power fluctuations to less than 10% in 10 min to allow 30% of PV penetrati


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2010.2.1 | Award Amount: 3.70M | Year: 2011

ELYGRID Project aims at contributing to the reduction of the total cost of hydrogen produced via electrolysis couple to Renewable Energy Sources, mainly wind turbines, and focusing on mega watt size electrolyzes (from 0,5 MW and up). The objectives are to improve the efficiency related to complete system by 20 % (10 % related to the stack, and 10 % electrical conversion) and to reduce costs by 25%. The work will be structured in 3 different parts, namely: cells improvements, power electronics, and balance of plant (BOP). Two scalable prototype electrolyzers will be tested in facilities which allows feeding with renewable energies (photovoltaic and wind)


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP.2013.2.2-3 | Award Amount: 18.59M | Year: 2014

Highly efficient Power Electronics (PE) employed in power generation, transmission, and distribution is the prerequisite for the Europe-wide penetration of renewable energies; improves the energy efficiency; increases the power quality and enables continuous voltage regulation, reactive power compensation and automated distribution. It also facilitates the integration of distributed resources like local energy storages, photovoltaic generators, and plug-in electric vehicles. The development of a new generation of high power semiconductor devices, able to operate above 10kV, is crucial for reducing the cost of PE in the above-mentioned applications. The material properties of SiC, clearly superior to those of Si, will lead to enhanced power devices with much better performance than conventional Si devices. However, todays SiC PE performs rather poorly compared to the predictions and the production costs are by far too high. Pooling world-leading manufacturers and researchers, SPEED aims at a breakthrough in SiC technology along the whole supply chain: Growth of SiC substrates and epitaxial-layers. Fabrication of power devices in the 1.7/>10kV range. Packaging and reliability testing. SiC-based highly efficient power conversion cells. Real-life applications and field-tests in close cooperation with two market-leading manufacturers of high-voltage (HV) devices. Known and new methodologies will be adapted to SiC devices and optimized to make them a practical reality. The main targets are cost-savings and superior power quality using more efficient power converters that exploit the reduced power losses of SiC. To this end, suitable SiC substrates, epitaxial-layers, and HV devices shall be developed and eventually be implemented in two demonstrators: A cost-efficient solid-state transformer to support advanced grid smartness and power quality. A windmill power converter with improved capabilities for generating AC and DC power.

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