Introducing the SUPER PV project – Cost reduction and enhanced performance of PV systems

Frontini, Francesco and Bonomo, Pierluigi and Ulbikas, Juras and Topic, Marco and Witteck, Robert and Mace, Philippe and Haarberg, Torstein and Weiss, Ingrid (2018) Introducing the SUPER PV project – Cost reduction and enhanced performance of PV systems. UNSPECIFIED. In: Proceeding of 35th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition 35th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Brusselles.

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Abstract

Today photovoltaics (PV) has become one of the most cost-effective forms of electricity production globally and in some regions is already the most competitive unsubsidised form of electricity. Despite positive cost and growing developments, European PV manufacturers are facing a decline in production due to competition from third countries. This decrease in the competitiveness of European PV actors is due to several factors, including a greater fragmentation of the value chain compared to competing actors. Chinese manufacturers have in particular been able to achieve synergies, economies of scale and information sharing throughout the value chain. SUPER PV is a collaborative European-funded project initiated in 2018 by 26 partners in reaction to this trend. Together, they target a significant LCOE reduction (26%-37%) for European-made PV by adopting a hybrid approach combining technological innovations and data management methods.

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