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Photovoltaic Systems as Actuators of Regional Development

Funded under the program: II IPA cross-border program Hungary - Croatia

About project: Project: Photovoltaic Systems as Actuators of Regional Development

The project leader: Faculty of electrical engineering from Osijek

Project Partner: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Center for Regional Studies, Pécs

Project value: € 123,108.50

Duration: 01.03.2013. - 07.01.2014.

The overall objective of the project: Overall objectives are development of optimal photovoltaic system configuration for climatic conditions of the cross-border region and investigating the impact of photovoltaic systems on the electrical power system, economics and environment. During the project a common knowledge database about area characteristics significant for application of photovoltaic systems will be developed and cross-border innovation network of research teams for development of photovoltaic systems will be established. Furthermore, photovoltaic system will be optimized for climatic conditions of the project impact area in terms of selecting solar cells technology and inverter topology.

Co-operation between scientific institutions and actors of the economy on both sides of the border interested in application of photovoltaic systems will be enhanced. Location of the project in terms of research and development will be Osijek and Pecs. Location of project impact will be Eastern Croatia and Southern Hungary.

The project leaders:

Project Leader: associated professor Pelin Denis, PhD.
Leader of the Hungarian Partner: Viktor Varjú PhD, research fellow

Project team:

Full professor. Damir Šljivac , PhD. Associated professor
Kruno Miličević , PhD. Assistant professor
Zvonimir Klaić , PhD.
Dragan Vulin , Meng.
Danijel Topić , BScEE
Mario Primorac BScEE
Sonja Bošnjak , L.L.B.
Mirta Hanzer , B.Sc.Ec.
Andrea Suvák, junior research fellow
György Váradi, IT expert, librarian
Zoltán Grünhut, PhD, research fellow
Ildikó Egyed, junior research fellow
Zoltán Gál, CsC, full professor
Péter Dombi, GIS expert
Valeria Fonyódi, cartographer
Balázs Páger, junior research fellow
Lajosné Barna, p.a.

About lead beneficiary: FACULTY OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (ETFOS) Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

About project partner: Hungarian Academy of Science, Centre for Regional Studies (MTA-KRTK)

Background: The European Union recognizes enormous potential for development in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Photovoltaics in general is a new technology and there is a need for further research. On our study visit to Barcelona within the ERASMUS Programme, we contacted experts in the field of photovoltaics from Catalonian Technical University who presented us the state of the art in this area, so we have steered our research capacities in that direction. This project is based on previous experiences of ETFOS project team members, which we collected during several researches in the area of renewables and came to conclusion it would be useful to do the joint research which will cover wider geographical area, so our involvement in this Call was next logical step. Eastern part of Croatia and southern part of Hungary have the same meteorological characteristics, and a logical choice of project partner was Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Regional Studies from Pecs. Target group Direct target groups are ETFOS and MTA KRTK project teams. Indirect target groups are the members of scientific communities in the field of photovoltaic systems, designers of photovoltaic systems, actors of the economy and potential private investors. Hungarian and Croatia economy could the part of energy produced from fossil fuel replace with producing the electrical power from ecological acceptable renewable energy sources – solar energy. Furthermore, the whole population would have indirectly benefit from the project beacuse of the reducing CO2 emission. Benefits of the project ETFOS research team will use innovative methods in measurements. Members of scientific communities in the field of PV systems and the designers of PV systems will have valuable data for increasing the efficiency of PV system, which then can be used as a good practice. Common knowledge database about area characteristics significant for application of photovoltaic systems will be developed. Also, cross-border innovation research teams will be established for development of PV systems in future.

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