Researchers, universities and solar manufacturers from all over Europe, have teamed up alongside ENIAC Joint Undertaking to create a multinational/multidisciplinary program, “Energy for a Green Society” (ERG). This is a three-year project looking into topics from sustainable harvesting to smart distribution. These advances include pushing solar-cell efficiency towards 25% and reducing power conversion losses by 20%.
The total cost of the project is €25.7 million and has been partially funded through a combination of European and national grants, under the rule of ENIAC JU 2010. The participating countries are Italy, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Slovak Republic and United Kingdom.
The ERG has been established to meet Europe’s 2020 climate targets and will address methods of improving solar cell efficiency, reducing power-conversion losses and enhancing energy management strategies. One of the main objectives includes demonstrating commercially viable applications of printable dye-sensitized solar cells, considered to be a low-cost alternative to silicon solutions. The project partners will also research techniques to optimize the use of energy generated by PV systems and smart grids.
“The ERG initiative will contribute to the establishment of a solid electronics design base for Europe and create a set of technology standards for the solar energy sector”, said ERG project coordinator Dr. Francesco Gennaro, also a staff engineer at STMicroelectronics. “ERG’s goal is to achieve significant efficiency improvements along the whole supply chain from PV panels to grid connection and make them available to all partners.”
For more information, please go to http://www.eniac-erg.org/