The Management Committee of the COST Action Pearl PV (Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems: Evaluations of Large-Scale Monitoring Data) has recently successfully completed its third meeting at University of Lisbon (Faculdade de Ciencias) in Lisbon, during which representatives from 24 countries were present. The Management Committee discussed among others the Action’s progress and the next steps with regards to the short-term scientific missions, the work plan of the various working groups, valorization panel meetings, training schools, seminars and other important matters. After the MC meeting had taken place on the 25th February, workshops started during which Working Group leaders and participants discussed the results to date, the work plans and tasks of the Working Groups. At these WG workshops the individual research plans were updated, while links with other WGs were also discussed. Prior to the workshops that were organized on the 26th February, both a proposal writing workshop and a plenary meeting took place. Finally, on the last day of the Pearl PV events in sunny Lisbon, an interesting excursion to a CPV plant in Evora took place!
Pearl PV like every Cost Action is a bottom-up science and technology network, open to researchers and stakeholders with a duration of four years. In the framework of this Action, a range of networking tools will be actively utilised, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities. The next meetings – comprising a Seminar and a Training School – will be held in Malta in Fall of this year. Exact dates and location will be announced soon on the website of Pearl PV.