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Ongoing research projects


32-ELI/01.09.2016 ELICRYS-2 RO-CERN-Programme ELI-NP Domain

Title: Physical and numerical experiments for studying LPA and their interaction with crystalline materials

Acronym: ELICRYS-2

Project duration: 2016-2019


In preparation of future experiments at ELI-NP, the current project aims: (1) to optimize through simulations the conditions for laser-based production of very high fluxes of energetic radiations, in particular of protons and gamma rays and (2) - to study the effects of radiation on materials and devices, both at theoretical level through modeling and at experimental level through irradiation with protons and gamma at existing facilities.

A team from the Solar Energy Research Group is responsible for fulfilling the fourth objective of the project: acquiring technical and scientific skills aiming to use the ELI-NP facilities for accelerated testing the degradation of the solar cells performance in space-like environment. Beyond the progress in knowledge, it can be thought as a testing service that ELI-NP can provide to manufactures of space solar cells. The activities proposed within this objective target to the development of a numerical tool for evaluating the triple-junction solar cell performance in a well-defined environment (protons energy, flux, cell temperature and level of solar irradiance). Numerical experiments have a crucial role in designing the experimental procedures for accelerated testing the performance solar cells in space-like environment at ELI-NP, in minimizing the number of irradiation experiments and, therefore, in reducing the testing costs.



Completed research projects




Title: PV power forecasting toolkit for smart grid-management

Acronym: FORPV

Project duration: 2017-2018


The main objective of the project is to build an innovative toolkit (FORPV) for forecasting the energy production of a photovoltaic (PV) plant in the time domain of a few minutes up to one day ahead. The forecasts provided by FORPV must meet two key requirements: (1) to be of high quality and (2) to be effectively structured (as lead times, frequency) in compliance with the needs of the PV plants and grid operators. The eight sets of European regulations for the operators of the transport grids launched in 2016 will be considered. FORPV consists of two distinctive physical parts: (1) The computational unit, where the forecasting applications developed within this project are implemented and which real-time controls the forecasting process; (2) The PV plant monitoring unit which provides radiometric and meteorological data measured in-situ, required for running the forecasting applications. The forecasting toolkit FORPV is planned to be developed at the trial product stage and validated on the Solar Platform of the West University of Timisoara.