Renewable Energies

This thematic field focuses on the use of wind, ocean, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal electricity (STE) energy generation technologies. All activities revolve around products, companies and educational programmes that generate substantial improvements in the production and profitability of renewable energy in order to reduce the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE), increase the penetration of renewables and decrease energy dependency on fossil resource holders.

Future outcomes in this thematic field should include:

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

  • Performance enhancement and energy cost reduction, mainly focused on crystalline, thin film and concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technologies
  • Development of materials that are abundant and non-toxic, easy to recycle and with a lifespan of over 40 years Balance of the System (BoS)
  • Quality assurance, long term reliability and sustainability, and grid integration, including micro-grids, storage, ancillary services and forecasting
  • Building integration

Solar Thermal Electricity (STE)

  • Higher plant efficiency through the improvement of all main components
  • Lower investments and operation and maintenance (O&M) costs in order to reduce the LCoE
  • Improved dispatch and grid integration to allow market penetration
  • Lower water consumption and fewer environmental hazards

Wind Energy

  • Reduction of the LCoE by improving reliability, lifetime, inspection costs and risks
  • Greater accuracy in energy prediction
  • Reduction of installation costs, especially offshore
  • Innovative concepts, systems and materials of the components for onshore and offshore wind turbines, including design tools
  • Improved power transmission and grid integration for increasing wind farm deployment, including energy storage

Ocean Energy

  • Innovation aimed at lowering costs and improving the performance and lifespan of specific device components
  • Reduction of operational and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) costs
  • Development and building of prototypes of ocean energy converters and components, as well as innovative and safe mooring systems
  • Scalability of the devices and farms

Ventures from this Field

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