The PEARL PV seminar on “Designing with Photovoltaics”, has been successfully held on July 5, 2021, at the Transilvania University of Braşov in Braşov, Romania. The event hosted 50 attendees out of which 30% on location and 70% online. The Chair of COST Action PEARL PV opened the seminar at 9:00 AM, followed by talks from local organizer Bogdan-Gabriel Burduhos, from the Transilvania University of Braşov (TUB) – Romania, Mihai Lates, the vice-dean of TUB and Anca Duță, the coordinator of RESREC research center of TUB. Francesco Frontini from SUPSI, Switzerland extensively presented about the interesting BIPV Status Report in Europe. Next Angele Reinders introduced the broader context of designing with photovoltaics with many illustrations. Furthermore, Moritz Kitshhoff and Mathieu Baudry from Sono Motors, Germany presented about the challenges in the integration of solar on BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle). After a short break Neel Patel from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, had a presentation about the VIPV (Vehicle integrated Photovoltaic) modeling method for dynamic scenarios. After a lunch break we had two interesting sessions, in the first session, Bonna Newman from TNO, The Netherlands presented about Designing PV for vehicles, secondly, Marjan van Aubel from Studio Van Aubel, The Netherlands talked about solar design in everyday environments. In the final session, Tom Minderhoud from UNStudio, The Netherlands presented “The future evolution of PV in architectural design” and the last but not least presentation was “Soft and embodied solar design: a practice-based perspective on weaving solar energy into everyday life” which was presented by Pauline van Dongen from Studio Van Dongen, The Netherlands It was a fruitful seminar with speakers from 10 different organizations. The presentations can be accessed in due course on this webpage: Seminar on “Designing with Photovoltaics” – PEARL PV (pearlpv-cost.eu)
The EU COST Action PEARL PV (Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaics Systems Evaluations of Large-Scale Monitoring Data) is organizing a weeklong of events between the 24th and 27th of February 2020 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The PEARL PV events kicked off on Monday 24 February with the Management Committee Meeting. The Meeting is followed by plenary meetings and five parallel workshops, each one covering the different topics of the working groups. PV big data analytics, PV systems integration, simulation of performance, sustainability in the built environment etc. are only some of the themes of the sessions, which are organised by the working group leaders. A technical tour will take place during the last day to various PV projects in the vicinity of Utrecht and Amsterdam. All events are hosted by prof. Wilfried van Sark of University of Utrecht.
This COST Action’s aim 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 lifetime and a reduction in the perceived risk in investments
in PV projects.
The objective will be achieved by analyzing data of the actual monitored long-term performance, defects and failures in PV systems installed all over Europe to quantitatively determine the absolute influences of components rated performance, key design of systems, installation, operation, maintenance practice, geographic location and weather factors on the performance, performance degradation over time and failure modes of these PV systems. For more information, you may visit the Action’s webpage pearlpv-cost.eu. (sources of figures: Sark)
With 28 oral presentations and posters, Pearl PV members had a prominent presence at the recent 36th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) that was organised in September in Marseilles. More specifically, during the insightful presentations given between the 9th and 13th September 2019, PV experts and researchers presented their work on the following topics among others:
Data bank development for PV monitoring data,
analysis and simulation;
Collaboration Framework for the Calculation of Performance Loss Rates: Data
Quality, Benchmarks, and Trends;
Analysis of Aged Modules with Cracked Backsheets;
Stability of Alternative Polyolefin Encapsulants in Glass-Glass Modules; and
Analysis of a Very Large CIS and Small c-Si PV Systems under Tropical Climate.
More information and links to the papers and
presentation can be found on the Pearl PV website here.
At EU PVSEC this year 2000 delegates from 70
countries were present to listen to 884 presentations in the Scientific
Programme as well as more than 120 additional presentations in 12 parallel events.
International exhibitors from research, laboratory equipment and special
materials were attracting project managers and developers.
Save the date for the next edition of EU PVSEC 2020 during 7th-11th September 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal at the CCL Lisbon Congress Centre.
EU COST Action PEARL PV, short for Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems: Evaluations of Large-Scale Monitoring Dataâ€, has recently completed a Seminar focusing on the topic of PV Reliability and Durability, which took place in Malta, on the 14th of October 2019 in collaboration with the MCAST Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology. Throughout the Seminar the importance of performance and durability of solar PV power systems for the growth and competitiveness of the market was demonstrated.
The Seminar was followed by a four-day Training School between the 15th and 18th October 2019, on the topic of Evaluation of the performance degradation of PV systems influence factors, failure modes and their detectability and effect on economic viability. More than 50 researchers, students and other trainees had the opportunity to learn about key topics of reliability for state-of-the-art and emerging technologies from PEARL PV Working Group members and external experts through multiple expert lectures, interactive seminars, and practical courses including team action work and study tours.
PEARL PV is a networking science action funded by the COST Programme of HORIZON 2020 with the aim to improve the energy performance and reliability of 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 and a reduction in the perceived risk in investments in PV projects. For further developments, activities and results of the ongoing work of the PEARL PV network, you may access https://www.pearlpv-cost.eu/ or follow PEARL PV in LinkedIn and Twitter.
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.
The EU COST Action PEARL PV (Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaics Systems Evaluations of Large-Scale Monitoring Data) has been organizing a weeklong of events between the 22nd and 26th of October 2018. The PEARL PV events kicked off on Monday 22nd October with a Seminar of Working Group 1 on “Matching PV data and PV performance research questions”. During the opening session, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Cyprus Ms. Nathalie Jaarsma gave an inspiring address to the audience consisting of PV experts from 31 countries from Europe and beyond. The Seminar was followed by a four-day training school on “Monitoring and simulation of the performance and reliability of photovoltaics in the built environment”, with 50 participants from the field of research and development in the renewable energy sector. Both events were hosted by the University of Cyprus.
This COST Action’s aim 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 lifetime and a reduction in the perceived risk in investments in PV projects.
The objective will be achieved by analyzing data of the actual monitored long-term performance, defects and failures in PV systems installed all over Europe to quantitatively determine the absolute influences of components rated performance, key design of systems, installation, operation, maintenance practice, geographic location and weather factors on the performance, performance degradation over time and failure modes of these PV systems.
For more information, you may visit the Action’s webpage https://www.pearlpv-cost.eu/ or contact the Science Communication Manager at Deloitte’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (tel.: 25868611, email: email@example.com).
The EU COST Action PEARL PV (Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaics Systems Evaluations of Large-Scale Monitoring Data) has completed successfully its first Training School entitled “Monitoring and simulation of the performance and reliability of photovoltaics in the built environment”, which took place in Nicosia from 22 until 26 October 2018. The Training School focused on the special requirements and challenges of integrating PV in built environment and grids with focus on the determination and prediction of performance and reliability.
During the four-day training programme, trainees (students, researchers, educators and practitioners) participated in multiple introductive expert lectures, interactive seminars, practical courses and on-site excursions and gained an in-depth understanding of planning and building of integrated photovoltaics and learned about key topics from PEARL PV Working Groups such as performance monitoring, reliability and simulation issues.
The Training Schoool was managed by Gabriele Eder (Gabriele.Eder@ofi.at) and Aleksandra Krstic-Furundzic (firstname.lastname@example.org) and supported by the PV Enerate project of SUPSI.
University of Cyprus is hosting two events of the EU COST Action PEARL PV (Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaics Systems Evaluations of Large-Scale Monitoring Data) in the week of 22nd to 26th of October 2018. The PEARL PV events will kick off with a Seminar of Working Group 1 on “Matching PV data and PV performance research questions” on 22 October, followed by a four-day training school on “Monitoring and simulation of the performance and reliability of photovoltaics in the built environment” scheduled from 23 to 26 October 2018.
The events will take place at the FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of University of Cyprus that plays a key role in research and technological development activities in sustainable energy in Cyprus and internationally. FOSS aims to bring together researchers, PhD candidates, Post Docs and R&D people from around Europe and promote effective cooperation between them that, in turn, will enable exchange of innovative ideas on renewables and specifically solar energy and also to develop the necessary synergies in order to create the impetus for the advancement of the field of PV systems.
All participants are more than welcome to visit our state of the art facilities in the Photovoltaic Park of the University of Cyprus where high quality research in the solar energy technologies is conducted in order to develop a research portfolio into the area of renewable energy sources with emphasis on solar and PV systems, harnessing thus the excellent solar resource that exists in Cyprus.
Soon information about registration as well as more details will be available by e-COST and on the website of PEARL PV, see here for the Seminar and here for the Training School. For now information about the venue, trip and recommended hotels can be downloaded here: PEARL-PV_Fall_Event_Logistics
Looking forward to welcoming you in Cyprus in Fall 2018! Best regards,
Your PEARL PV host at the University of Cyprus Marios Theristis
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