Research Activities

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.

The Becquerel Institute is looking for a subcontractor for dissemination activities in France in the framework of the European project PV-Prosumers4Grid.

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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.

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SUPER PV  – Horizon 2020 Project

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.

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BIPVBOOST – Horizon 2020 Project

BIPVBOOST is a new Innovation Action at European level, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project has been launched in October 2018, with a kick-off meeting held by TECNALIA in its facilities in Bilbao (Spain), on October 4th-5th. The meeting gathered the 19 partners forming the consortium and served as starting point for the BIPVBOOST project.
The overall ambition of the BIPVBOOST project focuses on bringing down costs of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions and processes along the value chain, enabling the compliance with the main market requirements and contributing to a widespread implementation in nZEBs.

Becquerel Institute is leading Work Package 1 (Roadmaps for cost-reduction, nZEBs energy targets and environmental assessment along the BIPV value chain) as well as Work Package 9 (Exploitation, dissemination and communication) – tasks related to market, regulation analysis and the exploitation of results.

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PV Impact | Horizon 2020 Project

The PV Impact project aims at fostering innovation in PV technology by supporting realisation of the R&I activities and the achievement of the targets established in the SET Plan Implementation Plan on PV.

More specifically, its objectives are:

  • To support the development of industrial R&I projects and collaboration between research and industry stakeholders
  • To encourage the emergence of sound R&I strategies
  • To monitor public spending and the achievement of Key Performance Indicators on PV

Within the project, Becquerel Institute is involved as a Technical Specialist in the organisation of specific matchmaking events that aim to connect industrial and research organisations for triggering collaboration on new innovative projects, especially on the topics of PV Manufacturing Technologies and BIPV.
We also work on the monitoring of nationally funded projects to assess the alignment with the Implementation Plan on PV.

R2EC | ERA – Net Smart Energy Systems

The project R2EC aims at developing a scalable system for decentralized, interacting energy cells with a high concentration of local renewable energy generation such as from photovoltaic (PV) systems, storage element as well as high electric use like e-heating and e-vehicles.

Becquerel Institute contributes to the project as Work Package 3 Leader: User integration and business model development.

Global Research Projects


IEA-PVPS Task 1 | Strategic PV Analysis & Outreach

The objective of Task 1 is to promote and facilitate the exchange and dissemination of information on the technical, economic, environmental and social aspects of PV power systems. Task 1 activities support the broader PVPS objectives: to contribute to cost reduction of PV power applications, to increase awareness of the potential and value of PV power systems, to foster the removal of both technical and non-technical barriers and to enhance technology co-operation.

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IEA-PVPS Task 15 | Enabling Framework for the Acceleration of BIPV

The objective of Task 15 is to create an enabling framework to accelerate the penetration of BIPV products in the global market of renewables, resulting in an equal playing field for BIPV products, BAPV products and regular building envelope components, respecting mandatory issues, aesthetic issues, reliability and financial issues.

Becquerel Institute supports the Task 15 of the IEA-PVPS program, with a focus on business models for BIPV development.

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