SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Joint Call topics are based on priorities identified in the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan resp. in the subsequent Implementation Plans for PV and CSP that are available on the website and on SETIS:



They include strategic targets that shall serve as reference for this call and proposals to be submitted. Strategic targets of the Implementation Plans for PV and CSP are as follows:

For PV:

Overarching goals: re-build European technological leadership in the sector by pursuing highperformance PV technologies and their integration in the European energy system; bring down the levelized cost of electricity from PV rapidly and in a sustainable manner to allow competition in electricity markets all over Europe. This will be achieved by:

1. Major advances in efficiency of established technologies (Crystalline Silicon and Thin Films- c-Si and TFs) and new concepts:

• Increase PV module efficiency by at least 20% by 2020 compared to 2015 levels;
• Increase PV module efficiency by at least 35% by 2030 compared to 2015, including with the introduction of novel PV technologies; 

2. Reduction of the cost of key technologies:

• Reduce turn-key system costs by at least 20% by 2020 as compared to 2015;
• Reduce turn-key system costs by at least 50% by 2030 compared to 2015 with the introduction of novel, potentially very-high-efficiency PV technologies manufactured at large scale;

3. Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability:
• Maintain proven system energy output per year at least 80% of initial level for 30 years by 2020 and 35 years by 2025;
• Minimise life-cycle environmental impact along the whole value chain of PV electricity generation, increase recyclability of module components (in particular of modules);

4. Enabling mass realisation of "(near) Zero Energy Buildings" (NZEB) by Building-Integrated PV (BIPV) through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry:

• Develop BIPV elements, which at least include thermal insulation and water protection, to entirely replace roofs or facades and reduce their additional cost by 50% by 2020, and by 75% by 2030 compared to 2015 levels, including with flexibility in the production process;
• Recognise the importance of aesthetics in the activities of the implementation of NZEB; 5. Major advances in manufacturing and installation:
• Make available GW-scale manufacturing technologies that reach productivity and cost targets consistent with the capital cost targets for PV systems;
• Develop PV module and system design concepts that enable fast and highly automated installation, to reduce the installation costs of both ground-mounted arrays and PV building renovation solutions, by 2020.

For CSP:

1. Short-term: > 40% cost reduction by 2020 (from 2013) translating into

• Supply price < 10 c€/kWh for a radiation of 2050 kWh/m2 /year (conditions in Southern Europe)

2. Longer-term: develop the next generation of CSP/STE technology

• New cycles (including supercritical ones) with a first demonstrator by 2020, with the aim to achieve additional cost reductions and opening new business opportunities. 2020 targets above-mentioned are to be adapted accordingly to the transnational projects’ end year (i.e. 2022).

The strategic targets are translated into a set of topics for the SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Joint Call and are based on the Implementation Plans developed by the Temporary Working Groups for PV resp. CSP and published end of 2017 (available on the website) The SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund 2 Joint Call comprises five topics:

A) Advanced industrial PV technologies

B) Emerging PV technologies

C) Building and infrastructure integrated PV

D) Operation and diagnosis of PV plants

E) CSP low cost and next generation technologies

Dateline for submission of preproposals: 2 October 2018, 16:00 CET


Illustration Photo: Solar Panels (credits: RecondOil / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))


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