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Joint Call: Solar-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Additional Joint Call

Submissions until 29 January 2020

The SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Additional Joint Call is carried out by national / regional research and technology development (RTD) and innovation programmes and national / regional funding agencies in the field of solar electricity generation, i.e. photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) / solar thermal electricity (STE).

The Joint Call is commonly carried out by the following countries and regions: Austria, Belgium-Flanders, Cyprus, Germany and North-Rhine-Westphalia, Greece, Israel, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. 

The total budget provided by national and regional funding agencies is around 9 million euros. The specific funding budgets provided by the funding agencies are listed in the Annex “National and Regional Requirements”.


Scope and Topics of the SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Additional Joint Call

SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Additional Joint Call topics are based on priorities identified in the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan resp. in the subsequent Implementation Plans for PV and CSP that are available on the solar-era.net website and on SETIS: PV and CSP

They include strategic targets that shall serve as reference for this call and proposals to be submitted. Strategic targets of the Implementation Plans for PV and CSP are as follows:

PV

The overarching goals are to re-build European technological leadership in the sector by pursuing high-performance PV technologies and their integration in the European energy system and to bring down the levelized cost of electricity from PV rapidly and in a sustainable manner to allow competition in electricity markets all over Europe. This will be achieved by: 

1. Major advances in efficiency of established technologies (Crystalline Silicon and Thin Films- c-Si and TFs) and new concepts

2. Reduction of the cost of key technologies

3. Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability

4. Enabling mass realisation of "(near) Zero Energy Buildings" (NZEB) by Building-Integrated PV (BIPV) through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry

5. Major advances in manufacturing and installation

 
CSP

1. Short-term: > 40% cost reduction by 2020 (from 2013)

2. Longer-term: develop the next generation of CSP/STE technology 

 

The strategic targets are translated into a set of topics for the SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Additional Joint Call and are based on the Implementation Plans developed by the Temporary Working Groups for PV resp. CSP and published end of 2017 (available on the solar-era.net website).

The SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Additional Joint Call comprises five topics:

A) Advanced industrial PV technologies

B) Emerging PV technologies

C) Building and infrastructure integrated PV

D) Operation, diagnosis and system integration of PV plants

E) CSP low cost and next generation technologies.

 

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