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Smart Reconfigurable photovoltaic modules for Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic applications

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Project "SRec BIPV" data sheet

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Organization address
address: KAPELDREEF 75
city: LEUVEN
postcode: 3001

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 172˙800 €
 EC max contribution 172˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-03-01   to  2020-02-29


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 Project objective

The use of PhotoVoltaic (PV) modules in the built environment has rapidly been growing during the last years, especially in Europe. Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic (BIPV) modules cannot always be placed under ideal circumstances due to restrictions arising from the building profile. Therefore, non-ideal orientation and inhomogeneous irradiation resulting from shadowing from obstacles will often create non-uniform illumination. This, in turn, creates current mismatch among the different PV modules as well as among the different cells each PV module is made of. This mismatch can cause a dramatic reduction of the overall PV module power. Since current PV module technologies, both standard and smart, are not able to efficiently and effectively face the mismatch issue in highly non-uniform applications such as BIPV, innovative PV module technologies are required. The aim of this proposal is to realize a first fully functional demonstrator of Reconfigurable Smart PV (RSPV) module, able to dynamically change the electrical interconnection between the PV cells in real-time as the PV module adapts to its environment, and to develop the integrated intelligence. Both hardware and software will be designed ad hoc in order to balance additional cost and energy harvesting in non-ideal conditions. Such a solution will increase the energy harvesting in BIPV applications, where non-uniform operating conditions often occur.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 W. Van De Sande, S. Ravyts, A. Sangwongwanich, P. Manganiello, Y. Yang, F. Blaabjerg, J. Driesen, M. Daenen
A mission profile-based reliability analysis framework for photovoltaic DC-DC converters
published pages: 113383, ISSN: 0026-2714, DOI: 10.1016/j.microrel.2019.06.075
Microelectronics Reliability 100-101 2020-02-28
2019 M. Baka, P. Manganiello, D. Soudris, F. Catthoor
A cost-benefit analysis for reconfigurable PV modules under shading
published pages: 69-78, ISSN: 0038-092X, DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2018.11.063
Solar Energy 178 2020-02-28
2019 Horvath, Imre T;  Manganiello, Patrizio; van der Heide, Arvid; Borgers, Tom; Schils, Arnaud; Govaerts, Jonathan; Voroshazi, Eszter; Yordanov, Georgi; Sander, Martin
Bifacial PV modules in a built environment: Energy yield modelling and field performance testing
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
PV Days 2019 - Data Enabling Terawatt Photovoltaics 2020-02-28
2018 Bauwens, Pieter; Bakovasilis, Apostolis; Manganiello, Patrizio; Voroshazi, Eszter; Doutreloigne, Jan; Poortmans, Jef; Catthoor, Francky
Switched-capacitors as local converters for snake PV modules : a cost/efficiency exploration
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.4229/35thEUPVSEC20182018-5EO.1.3
ISBN: 3936338507 1 2020-02-28
2020 Ravyts, Simon; Moschner, Jens D.; Yordanov, Georgi H.; Van den Broeck, Giel; Dalla Vecchia, Mauricio; Manganiello, Patrizio; Meuris, Marc; Driesen, Johan
Impact of PV Technology and DC Bus Voltage Level on the Efficiency of Façade BIPV Systems
published pages: , ISSN: 0306-2619, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3631541
Applied Energy 5 2020-02-28
2018 Horvath, Imre T; Manganiello, Patrizio; Goverde, Hans; Anagnostos, Dimitrios; Aldalali, Bader; Voroshazi, Eszter; Catthoor, Francky; Poortmans, Jef
Towards efficient and accurate energy yield modelling of bifacial PV systems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1970330
35th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2018) 9 2020-02-28
2020 Manganiello, Patrizio; Govaerts, Jonathan; Horvath, Imre T.; Chowdhury, Gofran; Yordanov, Georgi H.; Goverde, Hans; Aldalali, Bader; Beausoleil-Morrison, Ian; Valkealahti, Seppo; Lappalainen, Kari; Poortmans, Jef
Tuning electricity generation throughout the year with PV module technology
published pages: , ISSN: 0960-1481, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3631451
Renewable Energy 2 2020-02-28
2020 Goverde, Hans; Horvath, Imre T; Manganiello, Patrizio; Aldalali, Bader; Duerinckx, Filip; van der Heide, Arvid; Voroshazi, Eszter; Szlufcik, Jozef
Optimizing scattering behaviour of encapsulant for maximum PV energy yield
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3479404
ELECTRIMACS 2019 2 2020-02-28
2020 Lappalainen, Kari; Manganiello, Patrizio; Spagnuolo, Giovanni; Valkealahti, Seppo
Virtual Sensing of Photovoltaic Module Operating Parameters
published pages: , ISSN: 2156-3381, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3631483
Journal of Photovoltaics 9 2020-02-28
2019 Horvath, Imre T; Goverde, Hans; Manganiello, Patrizio; van der Heide, Arvid; Govaerts, Jonathan; Voroshazi, Eszter; Yordanov, Georgi; Moschner, Jens; Oroutzoglou, Ioannis; Radkar, Laxmikant; Harder, N; Mueller, T; Lambert, A; Scheerlinck, S; Aldalali, Bader; Soudrid, Dimitrios; Reinders, A.H.M.E.; Catthoor, Francky; Poortmans, Jef
Next Generation Tools for Accurate Energy Yield Estimation of Bifacial PV Systems – Best Practices, Improvements and Challenges
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20192019-5DP.2.2
36th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2019) 4 2020-02-28
2019 Borgers, Tom; Govaerts, Jonathan; Van Dyck, Rik; El-Chami, Ibrahim; Nivelle, Philippe; van der Heide, Arvid; Voroshazi, Eszter; Manganiello, Patrizio; Szlufcik, Jozef; Poortmans, Jef; Bervoets, Robin; Vastmans, Luc; Moors, Reinoud; Doumen, Geert
Interconnection 1, 2, 3, 4.0: Buildup towards a PV Technology Hero?
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20192019-1AP.1.2
36th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2019) 1 2020-02-28
2019 Watari, Daichi; Taniguchi, Ittetsu; Manganiello, Patrizio; Goverde, Hans; Catthoor, Francky; Onoye, Takao
An Online Multi‐scale Optimization Framework for Smart PV Systems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20192019-6CO.15.1
36th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2019) 3 2020-02-28

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