The European Serendi-PV project begins, that seeks to consolidate PV technology

13-10-2020

QPV will play a key role in the development of new procedures for quality control and optimization of the operation of PV installations

The next 13th and 14th of October, the European R&D project SERENDI-PV kicks off, with the goal of addressing some of the main challenges that PV energy will face in the next years. At SERENDI-PV, 19 entities –among companies and research institutions- from 8 different countries have joined forces and expertise to achieve two main objectives:

  • To improve the operation of PV installations, increase their lifetime and reliability, and reduce risks and uncertainty to increase the return on investment.
  • To prepare scenarios for high penetration of PV energy in the European electric networks, guaranteeing their stability and incorporating energy storage systems.

During the next four years, multidisciplinary teams of leading entities in the sector, such as Tecnalia, Solargis, CEA, Ingeteam, Grupo Cobra, Cegasa, THU, Lucisun o WIP among others, will tackle these objectives incorporating the needs of new emerging technologies, such as bifacial modules, floating installations or batteries.

This ambitious project, with a budget of more than € 12 million, will start from the results of 8 previous research projects and use data from a portfolio of more than 500,000 installations representing 10 GW to bring commercial solutions to market in 20 business lines related to:

  • The simulation and modeling of bifacial, floating and BIPV systems.
  • Low-uncertainty testing products and procedures for quality control and analysis of equipment degradation.
  • Procedures for detection and diagnosis of performance failures, both in large installations and in BIPV, and based on both monitoring data and IR images.
  • Medium and short-term forecasting and nowcasting
  • New business models that will increase the value of PV systems, when integrated in electric grids networks with a high level of PV penetration.

The results obtained will result in an increase of the availability, performance and durability of PV systems, as well as in a decrease of uncertainty and risks and, consequently, in WACC and cost of electricity (LcoE).

QPV will lead the development of quality control procedures and equipment

QPV brings to the project our experience in quality control, monitoring and analysis of the operation of large PV plants (+3.5 GW over 130installations). Among other tasks, QPV will lead the working package responsible for developing, and testing in the field, low-uncertainty procedures and equipment to:

  • Accurately measure soiling and its effective impact on generators.
  • Measure module degradation in the field (LID, LeTID, ageing…) as well as obtaining I-V curves of modules and strings with high measurement rates.
  • Accomplish quality controls in bifacial PV plants, addressing the measurement of albedo, bifaciality, operating conditions and irradiance inhomogeneity, impact of support structures, I-V curves, reception tests...
  • Accomplish quality control in floating plants: analysis of temperature, soiling, insulation, irradiance spread, mismatching...
  • Accomplish in-field quality control of inverters and storage systems, including their integration with the electrical grid.