Past Events

    Friday 30.01.15
    Sophi@Webinar: Short course on CPV-Concentration Photovoltaic : Indoor/Outdoor Energy performance Characterization

    A Concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) system converts sunlight directly into electrical energy by concentrating the sunlight received by an optical system onto a very-high efficiency solar cell in a smaller area. This can dramatically reduce the amount of semiconductor needed and, at the same time, the use of concentration increases the electrical efficiency of the solar cell. Both factors allow a competitive levelized cost of electricity in regions with a large fraction of direct irradiance. Conversely CPV modules are made up by lenses or mirrors that concentrate light on smaller PV receivers, which have to be installed on performing high-accuracy sun trackers. The cell-optics assembly is completed by heat sink and housing elements that constitute a complex mechanical, optical and electrical element that requires specific characterization techniques in order to assess its performance in a meaningful and reproducible way. 

    During this short course, hot topics in CPV characterization will be presented and discussed by highlighting requirements, procedures and instrumentation issues specific to CPV systems. Current version of the IEC 62670 series on the performance rating of concentrators will be presented, whose methods are under test in the SOPHIA Round Robin of CPV modules. Finally, spectral parameters and indoors tests relevant to the analysis of multi-junction cell-based CPV devices will be presented.



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    Thursday 22.01.15
    Symposium on European PV Research Infrastructures

    - How to keep European R&D at world-class level ?
    - What is the best way to support innovation in the PV industry ?
    - Should PV research infrastructure for quality & reliability be linked worldwide ?
    - Can Big Data bring big advantages in the area of solar PV system monitoring ?


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    Monday 12.01.15
    SOPHI@Webinar on Different BIPV perspectives: an European, a Non European, a researcher, an architect, the market outlook

    BIPV products should be compared to building construction material and no more to PV elements. They need to have a lifetime close to standard building components, a standardization of the products by defining size, testing methods, verification of functionalities but nevertheless, the  versatile appearance of BIPV products are necessary to be attractive to architects (colors, texture, etc


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    Tuesday 23.09.14
    Strategic Vision for PV Research Infrastructure

    European PV Research Infrastructure - Keystone for the reinforcement of the PV industry, Europe's growth and competitiveness

    On behalf of the SOPHIA project consortium, we would like to invite you to participate to the SOPHIA workshop: "European PV Research Infrastructure - Keystone for the reinforcement of the PV industry, Europe's growth and competitiveness" which will be held on Tuesday 23 September 2014 from 09:00 to 12:00 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, during the 29th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC).


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    Monday 15.09.14 - Tuesday 16.09.14
    2nd workshop on Building-Integrated Photovoltaics

    The 2nd workshop on Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)  took place on 15-16 September at CEA-INES premises in Chambéry, France.

    This SOPHIA workshop addressed the current and long-term specifics of Building Integrated PV (BIPV) in distinction to Building Applied PV (BAPV).

    The workshop took place at CEA INES site (Lynx 4 – Room 107) from 15th to 16th of September 2014. More than 100 participants attended this event on site and online, coming from France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Japan, Belgium, Austria, Lithuania, Switzerland, Spain and Greece. They were composed of research engineers and technicians, architects, industrials, installers and associations.

    On the first day, the discussions concerned BIPV challenges in R&D projects, considering design tools and software and their utility for systems design.

    On the second day, the round table and the presentations focused on the market situation of BIPV and on the actions needed for its development.

    Some solutions were proposed in order to lower cost and increase volume of BIPV products.

    BIPV products should be compared to building construction material and no more to PV elements. They need to have a lifetime close to standard building components. Moreover, a standardization of the products is needed by defining size, testing methods, verification of functionalities… Nevertheless, it was noticed that versatile appearance of BIPV products are necessary to be attractive to architects (colors, texture …)

    In order to increase awareness and diffuse best practices, guidelines should be defined on specific requirements for BIPV products characterization, on design aspects (size, material …), on tests methods BIPV systems.

     

    Free and easy-to-use planning and design tools have to be proposed to architects and designers to support design process with a link to database of standardized products. Also, more exchanges are necessary between actors and authorities through workshops, webinars, training courses… (See detailed minutes in annex )


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