LuciSun participates in H2020 R&D project SERENDI-PV

LuciSun will participate in the EC H2020 R&D project SERENDI-PV. The project, with over 12 m€ budget, 19 partners, and a duration of 4 years, has just started in October 2020 and will end in September 2024. The kick-off meeting took place (online) on October 13-14, 2020.

SERENDI-PV proposes innovations towards two main pillars:

  • (1) increased lifetime, reliability, performance and profitability of PV generation;
  • (2) utility-friendly high-penetration of the PV generation in the grids with improved stability, smart communication between stakeholders and increased knowledge of the PV fleet management.

SERENDI-PV will develop advanced PV modelling, simulation and design tools, monitoring data analytics for fault diagnostic and improved O&M, as well as lab and field testing Quality Control (QC) equipment and procedures for better assessment of the reliability of PV components and systems. The innovations will be developed with particular attention to the new PV applications that are becoming increasingly relevant on the market, such as bifacial PV, floating PV and BIPV.

SERENDI-PV will pave the way towards higher PV penetration through a better understanding of the PV installed capacity, smart digital models for energy and services communication exchange between system stakeholders, the development of mid-term, short-term forecasting, and nowcasting for PV system aggregations, new business models for PV added revenue, and the creation of a collaborative platform for modelling, data analytics, QC, databases and grid integration. The solutions will be developed on the data from nearly 500,000 PV installations monitored within the consortium, representing a wide range of system sizes and typologies, including large ground-mounted PV plants, mid-size commercial and industrial PV systems, and small-scale rooftop residential PV systems. 

The results will be achieved through an interdisciplinary approach combining the complementary expertise of the 19 different partners that take part in the consortium and that represent all the relevant stakeholders concerned by the topic of this project. These partners include R&D institutions such as Tecnalia, Fraunhofer-ISE, CEA-INES, University of Lappeenranta and University of Ulm. The large companies from the photovoltaic industry are represented by Akuo Energy, Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios, Ingeteam, Cegasa Energía and Ingeteam. Several SMEs are also involved, such as Solargis, Becquerel Institute, LuciSun, QPV, Cythelia, MyLight Systems, Next Kraftwerke, WIP and Energie Gussing.

The project will include several key demonstration activities in the operational environment corresponding to each one of the key innovations proposed.

LuciSun will have a key role in the project, leading Work Package 7: “Collaborative modelling & monitoring platform”. The main objective is the creation of a collaborative platform to promote fluid exchanges with all the relevant stakeholders of the PV community in the world with a focus on Europe. As part of the collaborative platform, we will develop a single-entry point to important resources needed by industry and academia for development, testing and evaluation of new technologies and approaches. The platform will foster collaboration and information exchange between the different actors involved in PV quality control, modelling and monitoring and adopt a holistic approach between simulation, monitoring data and lab and field testing in order to reach a deeper understanding of the long-term energy modelling of the PV systems and aggregation during their whole lifetime. The collaborative platform will be integrated into a web-based interface that will contain built-in learning tools that will make it possible to train the key stakeholders from the PV sector to a better understanding of the underlying concepts.

LuciSun will also be leading several key tasks in the project, including:

  • T2.3 Modelling of new technologies: bifacial, floating PV and BIPV.
  • T7.1: Creation of a web-based common collaborative platform environment.
  • T7.6: Collaborative platform with TSO/DSO and Market for network transparency and grid services.
  • T7.8: Interactive built-in learning tools integrated into data, modelling and monitoring platforms for industry and academy.

Info on SERENDI-PV from European Commission Website