Project Infinity

CLIMATE SENSITIVE PHOTOVOLTAICS: The project INFINITY has the goal to adapt the photovoltaic system to different climatic and regional requirements. The holistic approach includes research along the entire value chain, beginning with materials, components, modules and the holistic pv-system.

ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS DELIVER HIGHER YIELD

Photovoltaic systems are currently used in different climate zones like desert, (sub) tropical or alpine regions. These different climatic conditions and their impact on the entire photovoltaic system, however, are still underrated. The project infinity is dedicated to adapt photovoltaic systems for different climate zones. In a first step the researchers will start off by conducting an in-depth error analysis to identify the mechanisms affecting how various material, modules and inverters react in different climate zones. The results will be used to gain a different approach to designing new, improved, climate-specific PV energy generation systems. The overall goal of this project is to improve the entire PV value chain – from the PV materials and components to module manufacture, PV system installation and maintenance. As a result the team wants to create new energy-efficient products and also new services. Overall the project wants to boost European Photovoltaic Modules and Systems to guarantee a safe and stable energy source of the future.

 

AUSTRIAN LEAD PROJECT

Infinity is conducted in close cooperation with five scientific and nine industrial partners. The consortium covers all areas along the entire value chain, from PV materials and components, on the module production, to installation and maintenance of PV power plants. The participating research institutes contribute their scientific expertise to find innovative solutions for different climate zones and regional features such as instable electrical grids.

The project is also aimed at improving climate protection and making companies more competitive at an international level. The quality and yield optimization of PV materials, components and modules could be a key success factor for the technological leadership of European PV products and services to secure a competitive edge in a clear distinction to the purely cost-optimized standard products of other competitors.

PROJECT FACTS

  • Title: INFINITY - climate sensitive - long-time reliablity of photovoltaics
  • Lead management: Research centre Silicon Austria Labs GmbH
  • Scientific management: Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
  • Industrial partners: ENcome Energy Performance, Fronius International, Infineon Technologies Austria, Isovoltaic, Polytec PT, PVI, PVSV, PVP Photovoltaik, Ulbrich of Austria
  • Scientific partner: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Silicon Austria Labs GmbH, Vienna University of Applied Sciences, OFI Research centre for chemistry and technology, PCCL Polymer Competence Center Leoben
  • Duration: 3 years starting on 1 November 2015
  • Research volume: €5.5 million

Your contact person

Dr. Christina Hirschl

Head of Division Sensor Systems

phone: + 43 (0)4242 56300
e-mail: info@silicon-austria.com

Research program

This project will be subsidised by Austria’s Climate and Energy Fund and carried out as part of its energy research programme.