A science base on PV performance for increased market transparency and customer confidence
PERFORMANCE is an Integrated Project (IP) funded by the European Commission under FP6
Priority: 'New and advanced concepts in renewable energy technologies - PV'
Sub-priority: 'Sustainable energy systems'
Contract No: SES-019718
The project will run from January 2006 until December 2009.
The PERFORMANCE project has been successfully finalised by 31.12.2009!
The general idea behind the PERFORMANCE project is to provide the PV community with tools to measure the quality of products – devices, systems and services – to ensure their usefulness and reliability, and to deliver data to predict the useful lifetime of the products. The project will develop reliable test & calibration procedures for standard and for innovative types of PV modules, it will harmonise measurement and evaluation techniques for PV systems. PERFORMANCE will cover all relevant aspects from cell to system level and from instantaneous device characterisation and system measurements to life-time performance prediction and assessment.
From the demands of market players, eight topics have been identified and were transformed into a consistent set of sub-projects:
1. Traceable performance measurement of PV devices
2. Energy delivery of photovoltaic devices
3. PV system performance evaluation
4. Modelling and analysis
5. Service life assessment of PV modules
6. PV as a building product
7. Industry interaction and dissemination
8. Standardisation processes
Following this work programme, PERFORMANCE will produce a coherent framework of measurement and modelling methodologies to create the transparency needed for the European market and industry. Intense involvement of all European companies along the value chain will be organised systematically through feedback loops. These include project workshops, seminars and the involvement of an Industry Advisory Board. Project results will be fed directly into standardisation processes on CENELEC and IEC level.
Dr. Christian Reise
Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE,
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