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EdGeWIsE - Energy and Water Systems Integration and Management

In the near future, both urban and rural environments will manage water and energy as an integrated
system. The first situation directly leads us to the smart cities' concepts, where the city is ruled as an
integrated environment where all systems inside it should cooperate to achieve an optimal point of operation.
In the second, the intensive use of hydric resources comes with an increasing modernization of agriculture by introducing electrical machinery and sensing networks wish to demand a growing energetic
availability. Despite the differences found in these two environments, they share issues that can be solved by
the same scientific foundations. Water and wastewater processes lack low energy technologies, whereas the
application of renewable energy is hindered by low efficiency. In addition, these processes demand a
constant supply of energy, while most renewable energy sources can’t provide energy in continues time
The project EdGeWIsE will contribute to integrate the water and energy systems in a single and efficient
system. To achieve this vision the following general approaches and objectives will be pursued:
1. Improve and promote efficiency based on data collected by low power wireless sensor networks.
2. Identify renewable energy sources inside urban and rural areas.
3. Research new methods for water and energy caption/storage.
4. Stimulate the intelligent use of available water and energetic resources.
5. Explore the impact of Micro-Hydro technology on river systems.
To reach the previous general objectives the project will develop research activities concerning renewable
solar and wind energy; wireless sensors network powered by energy harvest form microbial fuel cell and
vibrations; energy storage in and production from water systems. These research activities will lead to
scientific advances that after incorporation in energy and water systems will contribute to integrate both
systems in a single highly efficient system.

Related IP activities: New Technologies & Materials

Addressed IP targets: Other

Funding Scheme: ERANETMED

% of PV in the project: 30

Total budget: € 2000000

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Photovoltaic module life time forecast and evaluation (SOLAR-TRAIN)

The quality assurance in the photovoltaic industry is yet in its infancy, requiring both underpinning science and trained personnel to reduce costs of energy. An unmet industrial requirement is an accelerated, and operating environment specific, service life time and energy yield assessment. SOLAR-TRAIN will qualify ESRs 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. The elements to this puzzle are researched in the frame of 14 PhD projects with individual areas of focus, such as (a) climatic degradation factors, (b) system analytics, (c) material (polymer) parameters, (d) service life & energy models, (e) linking production to performance and (f) performance enhancement by improved O&M. Commercial and test samples will be produced and tested in the distributed measurement campaign during this project. They will be exposed to state-of-the-art and to-be-developed stress cycles to allow a validated link of degradation to stresses, production methods, materials and methods of deployment. Accelerated and lower cost test cycles for the assessment of innovative materials and module developments will be delivered. The project is integrated both in terms of research as well as training. This inter-sectoral approach provides excellent theoretical and technical background as well as immersion in different business sectors and career mentoring, allowing ESRs to build up a sustainable professional network across Europe. For a most effective cross-sectoral training, the project’s beneficiaries and partners represent the entire value chain, from materials developers / manufacturers through to operators and insurance companies.
SOLAR-TRAIN will deliver on the targets stated in Issue Paper No. 2 of the SET Plan to maintain and strengthen PV leadership in Europe.

Related IP activities: Technologies for silicon solar cells and modules with higher quality,Operation and diagnosis of photovoltaic plants

Addressed IP targets: Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability and hence improving environmental performance

Funding Scheme: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 3576247

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The main objective of PVSITES project is to drive 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.

Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications

Addressed IP targets: Enabling mass realization of NZEB by BIPV through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 8490472.5

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Solar Bankability

Solar Bankability is a project funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. It will run from March 2015 until February 2017 and its aim is to contribute to the reduction of the risks associated with investments in sustainable energy projects.

Related IP activities: Operation and diagnosis of photovoltaic plants

Addressed IP targets: Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability and hence improving environmental performance

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 1355106

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