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

April 13, 2021 @ 07:30 - April 16, 2021 @ 15:30

Important notice! This event has been postponed due to covid-19. Instead of from 27th till 30th October 2020, this annual PEARL PV Training School will take place – onsite – at the Transilvania University of Braşov in Braşov, Romania, between 13th and 16th April 2021. More information will be available on this page in due course.

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

which will take place at the Transilvania University of Braşov in Braşov, Romania, between 13th and 16th April 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 will gain an understanding of modelling approaches for PV system analysis, including system optimisation, performance prediction and fault and loss identification. The participants will learn about modelling principles and current software developments 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 modelling exercises, including team action work and study tours. Interested in gaining and transferring knowledge on modelling photovoltaic systems 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: This is a pre-announcement of the Training School – the detailed schedule will be available soon

Venue: The workshop will take place at the Transilvania University of Braşov, see map below. Details on the venue, travel and accommodation will be posted soon.

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 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.

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 June 2020
Application closes: 31st December 2020 (please notice that the application date has been postponed)

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: 3rd August 2020;

Official invitation by e-COST to participate in the Training School: first two weeks of August 2019

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.

Other costs: Travel, accommodation and insurances and other costs not being registration costs have to be paid by the trainee him/herself.

Reimbursement: 20 trainees of the total number will be eligible to receive reimbursement which will be 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 August).

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.


April 13, 2021 @ 07:30
April 16, 2021 @ 15:30


Transilvania University of Brașov


Transilvania University of Brașov
str. Institutului no. 10
Brașov, 500484 Romania
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+40 372 729698