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Training School on “Potential of monitoring tools and advanced operation and maintenance practice for security and predictability of PV performance”

March 8 @ 08:00 - March 11 @ 22:59

PEARL PV’s Training School on the Potential of monitoring tools and advanced operation and maintenance practice for security and predictability of PV performance

will take place at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, between 08 – 11 March 2022. The intention is to discuss how the analysis of data on actual long-term monitored performance, defects and failures in photovoltaic (PV) systems allows to quantitatively determine the absolute effects of nominal component characteristics, key system design, installation, operation, maintenance practices on efficiency, reliability and durability of solar PV energy systems as well as their forecasting. The discussion will also include the use of various (including future) products which will enable PV system owners (residential and utility-scale) to control the quality of their PV systems. In 3.5 days of expert lectures, exercises and excursions, trainees will gain an understanding of the potential of monitoring tools and advanced operation and maintenance practice for security and predictability of PV performance. The participants will learn about monitoring tools, defects and failures in PV systems and maintenance practice from PEARL PV Working Group members and external experts.

Training School trainees (students, researchers, educators and practitioners) will participate in expert lectures, interactive seminars and a workshop including team action work and study tours. Interested in gaining and transferring knowledge on monitoring tools and maintenance practice to your institute and country? Learn from experts and the experiences of others engaged in best practice projects and share your own experiences!

Training School Schedule: Please see here for the tentative schedule of this Training School: PEARL Training School4_Twente 2022_Schedule of Events 20122021

Venue: The training school will take place at the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. Travel information and maps can be accessed here: Contact | Route & campus map | Home (EN) (utwente.nl) While the dates of the Training School will be approaching, details about the specific meeting space at University of Twente as well as routing on campus will be provided.

Important note on COVID-19: At present, we are hopeful that we will be able to proceed with the workshop as a physical gathering. However, if this is not possible, the workshop will take place as a hybrid physical/virtual event. In either case, participation will be limited, so we encourage you to make your application as soon as possible (see details below). However, please do not make any firm travel plans until a further announcement is made confirming the workshop structure. On 25 February it will be decided whether this Training School will be held as a hybrid or a fully online event.
The situation regarding covid-19 in the Netherlands is reported on a daily basis on this website: Coronavirus Dashboard | COVID-19 | Government.nl

As usual, but in particular, in this period with covid-19, this COST event can only be attended by means of an official invitation from the Grant Holder of this Action, please contact Peter Jansen for information by p.jansen@utwente.nl.

Participants: PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers, R&D personnel. Please note that the Training School will be offered to 40 participants at a maximum. Preference will be given to participants from COST Member Inclusiveness Target Countries (see https://www.cost.eu/who-we-are/members/ for information on ITCs).

Registration procedure for trainees:
Application opens: 20.12.2021

Application closes: 15.01.2022 

Application: Each applicant should send an email to David Moser (the Training School Selection Chair) at david.moser@eurac.edu with the following documents:

  1. A cover letter briefly (max 1 page) introducing the applicant name and affiliation, previous PV projects, involvement in activities relevant to the PEARL-PV project, motivation and benefits for Training School participation, possibility to disseminate Training School topics through education or awareness sessions within their own institute or countries.
  2. The applicant’s CV (max 2 pages) including relevant publications.

AND to register in e-COST https://e-services.cost.euThis registration comprises setting up his/her e-COST profile and adding his/her bank details.

Selection procedure of trainees: The Training School applications will be considered by a committee of PEARL PV Core Group members. The outcome of the evaluation will be notified by the Training School Manager. Thereafter the trainees will be officially invited to participate by a message sent by e-COST.

Announcement of the selected trainees and their reimbursement: 20.01.2022

Official invitations by e-COST to participate in the Training School can be expected in the first two weeks of February 2022

The applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Motivation of the applicant to participate to Training School, Weight 40 %
  2. Plan to disseminate Training School topics, Weight 40 %
  3. Quality of PV projects / experience, involvement in PEARL PV activities, Weight 20 %

Only applicants who have registered in e-COST, including their bank details and who have submitted their CV and cover letter will be permitted to take part in the selection procedure. Regarding eligibility of trainees to receive reimbursement, please carefully read the specific rules and regulations shown below.

Registration costs: Free of charge; the Training School Management will therefore apply a selection procedure of trainees.

Other costs: Travel, accommodation and insurances. Other costs apart from registration costs have to be paid by the trainee him/herself.

Reimbursement: 20 trainees from the total number of accepted applicants will be eligible to receive a reimbursement of 500 Euro per trainee. Note that trainees are only eligible for reimbursement if they have received (and accepted) the official invitation through e-COST (to be expected in February 2022).

Contact persons regarding the content of the Training School:
Training School Manager: Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Krstic-Furundzic at akrstic@arh.bg.ac.rs
Training School Manager: Dr. Cedric Caruana at cedric.caruana@um.edu.mt

Local organizers:
Prof. Dr. Angele Reinders / University of Twente at a.h.m.e.reinders@utwente.nl
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Van Sark/ University of Utrecht, Copernicus Institute at w.g.j.h.m.vansark@uu.nl
Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Kettle / University of Glasgow, at jeff.kettle@glasgow.ac.uk

Specific rules and regulations regarding Training Schools of a COST Action:

1)  Trainees are entitled to receive a fixed grant as described in the COST Vademecum

2)  Trainee Grants do not necessarily cover all expenses related to attending the Training School.  The Trainee Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. Different Grants amount can be attributed to each trainee.

3)  Each trainee must register for an e-COST profile at https://e-services.cost.eu – each trainee must add their bank details to their e-COST profile.

4)  Trainees eligible to be reimbursed:
Trainees must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organisation or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

Trainees eligible for reimbursement:
1)     Trainees from COST Full Members / COST Cooperating Member, see here http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/cost_member_states
2)     Trainees from Approved NNC Institutions.
3)     Trainees from Approved European RTD Organisations.

 Trainees not eligible to be reimbursed:
1)     Trainees from COST Partner Members.
2)     Trainees from Approved IPC Institutions.
3)     Trainees from Approved IO, EU Commission, Bodies, Offices and Agencies.
4)     Other Trainees not specifically mentioned as being eligible.


March 8 @ 08:00
March 11 @ 22:59


University of Belgrade


University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
Enschede, Netherlands + Google Map