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Training School on “Simulation tools and models for the analysis of PV system performance”

July 6, 2021 @ 09:30 - July 9, 2021 @ 17:30

PEARL PV’s Training School on Simulation tools and models for the analysis of PV system performance

took place at the Transilvania University of Braşov in Braşov, Romania, from 6 to 9 July 2021. Simulation tools and models can be used to investigate the design of PV systems, predict their output and assess their performance in operation. In 3.5 days of expert lectures, modelling exercises and excursions, trainees have gained an understanding of modelling approaches for PV system analysis, including system optimisation, performance prediction and fault and loss identification. The participants learnt about modelling principles and current software developments from PEARL PV Working Group members and external experts.

Training School Schedule: Please see here for the detailed schedule of this Training School PEARL PV CA16235 Training School Brasov 6 – 9 July 2021

Selection of Training School presentations:

The role of modelling in assessing and monitoring PV system performance by Nicola Pearsall, University of Northumbria (UK)
Pearsall Role of modelling TS Brasov July 2021

Introduction to energy harvesting and simulation of PV systems Joao Serra, University of Lisbon (P)
Serra Energy_harvesting_simulation_basics

Modelling of PV modules and systems Steve Ransome, Consultant (UK)
Ransome 2021_07_PVCOST_Brasov

The PVLIB approach to modelling and analysis, Josh Stein, Sandia National Laboratory (USA)
Stein PVLIB_Modleing_Tutorial_20210630 Brasov

Irradiance modelling using LightTools, a ray-tracing technique, Xitong Zhu, Eindhoven University of Technology (NL)
Zhu Irradiance Modelling Brasov July 2021

Simulation of the bifacial energy gain for photovoltaic plants using the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), Jonathan Leloux and
Jesus Robledo Bueno, Lucisun (B)
Leloux_Robledo_2021_07_08_ – Training School Pearl PV Brasov Bifacial PV simulation – LuciSun (1)

Reliability modelling Jeff Kettle, Glasgow University (UK)
Kettle reliability modelling brasov-share

Encoder-decoder image segmentation models for EL images of thin-film modules, Evgenii Sovetkin, FZ-Jülich (DE)
Sovetkin EL images Brasov July 2021

Fault detection for PV systems using machine learning techniques, Mohammedreza Aghei, Eindhoven University of Technology (NL)
Aghei Fault-Detection-for-Photovoltaic-Systems-using-Machine-Learning-Techniques_07072021

Economic aspects of PV system modelling David Moser, EURAC (IT)
Moser 20210709_PEARL PV_TS

Environmental impact assessment for PV modules and systems – using environmental models Nicola Pearsall, University of Northumbria Pearsall Environmental impact assessment TS Brasov July 2021





Venue: The training school will take place at the Transilvania University of Braşov. This information package will provide travel directions, information about the venue and recommended hotels, as well as other practicalities: information Romania, Brasov 2021.
In the venue, local covid-19 measures such as 1.5 meters distancing, wearing of face masks in indoor areas and good ventilation in meeting rooms will be adhered to, see also this seating plan: LOSUniversityofBrasovSeating, walking routes03062021

Important note on COVID-19: This event will be held in a hybrid format. Therefore in-person participation will be limited, so we encourage you to make your application as soon as possible (see details below).

The current situation regarding covid-19 in Romania is reported in this document, Current rules in Romania regarding COVID-19_14062021, which will be regularly updated.

Update 24 June 2021, Romania has been labelled with the color code green, see both files below:

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 of trainees:
Application opens: 1st April 2021
Application closes: 31st May 2021

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:  Middle of June 2021

Official invitation by e-COST to participate in the Training School: Middle of June 2021

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 registration and selection procedure of trainees.

Reimbursement: 20 trainees of the total number will be eligible to receive reimbursement. Trainees can be reimbursed for their long-distance travel expenses in line with the eligibility rules specified in section 5 of the COST Vademecum (Section Meetings – Financial Support) and the travel reimbursement regulations. In addition, the reimbursement of the daily allowance rate for the country where the Training School takes place covers the incurred accommodation, meals, and local travel expenses.

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

Chair of PV Simulation Working Group:
Nicola Pearsall at nicola.pearsall@northumbria.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.


July 6, 2021 @ 09:30
July 9, 2021 @ 17:30


Transilvania University of Brașov


Transilvania University of Brașov
str. Institutului no. 10
Brașov, 500484 Romania
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