Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?
Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes
What is the aim of this project?
This project aims to enable high penetration of secure, cost-effective solar photovoltaic (PV) power in the electricity grid, by analysing technical requirements for PV and power systems. As a result, the project hopes to reduce the technical barriers to achieving higher penetration levels of distributed renewable systems.
How could this technology be explained to a high school student?
In the energy sector, penetration refers to the amount of power that can travel from PV modules to the electricity grid. Power generation from PV varies depending on the weather, making it difficult to increase the penetration level without additional technology considerations.
What is the value of this project for society?
At what stage of development is this project?
The project began in 2018 and is expected to conclude in 2022. Several major reports have been published, with more scheduled for 2020-22.
What government policies could bring this from the lab to the market?
About the Technology Collaboration Programme on Photovoltaic Power Systems (PVPS TCP)
Established in 1993, the PVPS TCP supports international collaborative efforts to enhance the role of photovoltaic solar energy as a cornerstone in the transition to sustainable energy systems. The PVPS TCP seeks to serve as a global reference for policy and industry decision makers; to act as an impartial and reliable source of information on trends, markets and costs; and to provide meaningful guidelines and recommended practices for state-of-the-art PV applications.
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