The Becquerel Institute is involved in multiple research projects in the field of PV.
European Research Projects
PVProsumer4GRID – Horizon 2020 Project
Innovative self-consumption and aggregation concepts and business models for PV generation are extremely needed nowadays. The aim of the PV-Prosumers4Grid project is to develop and implement innovative self-consumption and aggregation concepts and business models for PV prosumers that will help integrating sustainable and competitive electricity from PV in the electricity system.
Becquerel Institute is a key partner of the PVProsumer4Grid project. Conceived as a continuation of the successful PV LEGAL, PV GRID and PV Financing projects, PVProsumer4Grid researches self-consumption policies aiming at supporting the development of distributed PV. The project is financed by the Horizon2020 framework and has officially started in October 2017.
PEARL PV – COST Action
The aim of PEARL PV is to improve the energy performance and reliability of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems in Europe leading to lower costs of electricity produced by PV systems by a higher energy yield, a longer life time eventually beyond the guaranteed 20 years as specified by manufacturers, and a reduction in the perceived risk in investments in PV projects. The PEARL PV project aims at the formation of an inclusive network of PV system researchers from various countries, data resources that will be analyzed by researchers and experts that can include more-nuanced evidence-based reliability in PV system evaluation methods and simulation and design tools.
Becquerel Institute ensures the coordination between the industry and the project partners for a smooth data collection and dissemination. PEARL PV is a COST ACTION project started in October 2017.
The goal of SUPER PV is to reduce the LCOE of PV systems for both utility (solar plant) and urban (roof top) applications, anticipating growing PV use in different regions and circumstances and wanting to stimulate European PV business for EU and global markets. To achieve the goal of LCOE cost reduction, the PV technologies used as carrier to demonstrate these are c-Si bifacial and thin film CIGS modules. Bifacial panel technology is one of the futures of solar panels. Flexible and light-weight thin film modules accelerate roof top applications where standard modules are too heavy and too costly.
The Becquerel Institute, thanks to its techno-economic expertise and long experience of the PV industry and market, will contribute to estimate the impact of SUPER PV’s outcomes. It will quantify the influence of the systemic innovations developed within the project on the LCOE and competitiveness of utility scale as well as rooftop PV systems. Taking into account the variations of multiple parameters, should it be the yield, CAPEX, OPEX and/or module’s efficiency, the potential impact for an hypothetical end-user will be evaluated, allowing to understand the cost-effectiveness of the improvements proposed by SUPER PV.
In recent years, Becquerel Institute was also a contributor to the CHEETAH and PV Financing projects.
Global Research Projects
IEA-PVPS Task 15. Becquerel Institute supports the Task 15 of the IEA-PVPS program, with a focus on business models for BIPV development.