Published on 07 September 2011
- Code: PART-GR-RES-23
- Publication Date: 07 September 2011
- Country: GREECE
- Organization type: Research Center
- Organization description: A Greek ICT company is working in the development of a photovoltaic plant monitoring platform which is independent of environmental variables. The Greek company is looking urgently for a coordinator partner and other multiple partners in order to submit a proposal under the FP7-Energy-2012-1 call.
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- Programme / theme: Energy
- Topic: ENERGY 2012.2.1.1: Reliable, cost-effective, highly performing PV systems.
- Call title / Funding scheme:
- Call deadline: 25/10/2011
- Project Title / Acronym: FP7 ENERGY-2012-1 – Intelligent tools for design, monitoring and modelling of photovoltaic installations
- Project Description: As solar energy applications increase the need for efficient real-time monitoring and accurate estimation of the performance of a PV system, under diverse and unpredictable working conditions, is becoming crucial in the optimal use of the system itself, the recognition of operation failures, and the avoidance of fast and severe changes on electrical parameters. However, this dependence on stochastic environmental variables (such as shadowing, sun irradiance, wind, temperature, etc.) makes an accurate performance monitoring and prediction very challenging, requiring the adoption of new approaches and collaborations. A Greek ICT company dealing with green applications, has already developed and is about to launch a photovoltaic plant monitoring platform, utilizing performance modeling, based on the use of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. The platform is capable of:
• Power Output Estimation with respect to local (plant's) environmental conditions
• Fault detection based on fault–free operation models
• PV modules Performance Degradation Estimation
The platform is vendor and technology independent, with respect to PV modules and solar inverters, as well as location independent, allowing its application to virtually any PV plant equipped with a compatible data logger.
The main concept of the platform - performance modeling - can be further developed through the current FP7-Energy-2012-1 call. Future work includes:
• Specific fault detection
• Real time detection of hardware-irrelevant performance reduction factors
• Performance forecasting, based on sub-hour solar irradiance forecasting models
• Validation of the new models at a pan-European level
Future work also includes the application of the finalized models in intelligent PV system design software, as well as field testing toolboxes.
- Partner Sougth / Expertise required: Potential partners should fall into the following categories
• Coordinator of the project
• Meteorological forecasting institute specialized in sub-hour solar irradiance forecasting
• Organizations specialized on the validation of PV technologies, having also the corresponding data
• PV System design software vendor
• Hardware / software field testing toolbox vendor
The project will be submitted under the topic ENERGY 2012.2.1.1: Reliable, cost-effective, highly performing PV systems.
Funding Scheme: Collaborative project