3E N.V (Brussels, Belgium)
Project coordinator

3E is an independent expert company specialized in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The company performs technical studies as well as strategic corporate and public sector studies on sustainable energy technology, policy and markets. With a team of 90 experts and hundreds of references in over 25 countries, 3E is recognized as a leading independent authority in its field. Its clients include major technology manufacturers, project developers, energy utilities, architectural offices, construction companies and maintenance teams, as well as regional and international public authorities. Serving them all, 3E established a thorough understanding of the interaction between markets, legislation and renewable energy technology.


Main tasks attributed in the project:
  • Project Management.
  • Work package leader for WP4 (Tools for monitoring and control) and WP8 (Dissemination and networking activities).
  • Contribution to integrated PV system modelling (WP1), PV system modelling for operations and overall assessment of uncertainty (WP2), and Valorisation: lead in mapping of knowledge and quantifying potential impact (WP7).




Alitec SRL

Established in 2006, Alitec SRL is a research and development company in the fields of mechanics, electronics, photonics, optics and software. Alitec’s main objective is to create original and technologically advanced solutions that have high added-value and limited costs. Alitec is present in the industrial areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, monitoring & control, process industry, health & safety and data centers. Alitec’s team consists of physicists, engineers and computer scientists with solid experience. Alitec has scientific contacts and collaborations with many Italian and international universities and research centers. Alitec is a partner of PHORIT and Photonics21, respectively the Italian and European technology platforms that bring together the most innovative companies and research centers working in the field of photonics, and of the Italian Technology Platform on Concentration Solar.

Main tasks attributed in the project:
  • Contribution to tool development - Tools for monitoring and control (WP4): development and manufacturing of prototype sensors for irradiance measurements.
  • Demonstration and validation of overall tools (WP6): application of sensors.
  • Contribution to valorisation - Transform the results into applicable solutions (WP7).




IMEC – Interuniversitair Micro-electronica Centrum VZW

IMEC performs world-leading research in nano-electronics. IMEC leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. IMEC’s goal: creating innovative solutions that are relevant for the industry. IMEC's research is 3 to 10 years ahead of the industry. IMEC forms a bridge between the fundamental research at universities and the technology development in the industry. IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. It has additional R&D teams in the Netherlands (Holst Centre in Eindhoven), PR China, Taiwan, and India, and offices in Japan and the USA. IMEC’s staff of close to 2,000 people includes more than 600 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2011, IMEC's revenue (P&L) was 300 million euro.


Main tasks attributed in the project:
  • Opto-thermo-electrical module modelling in transient and multidimensional modes (WP1).
  • Propagation throughout the system model of spectral variations, reflections and partial shading, environmental behaviour (temperature e.g.) (WP1).
  • Contribution to transferring scenario-based models into engineering models (WP2) and validation (WP6).
  • Valorisation and dissemination: contribution to knowledge sharing (WP7).




Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

KU Leuven boasts a rich tradition of education and research, which dates back six centuries. KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium in terms of research expenditure, which exceeded EUR 347 million in 2010, and research output, e.g. 5200 international peer-reviewed publications and 626 PhD degrees in 2010. KU Leuven participates in over 370 highly competitive European research projects (FP7, 2007 up to 2011), including 33 of the prestigious European Research Council grants and 85 Marie Curie Actions, which places KU Leuven fifth in the European HES ranking (4th FP7 monitoring report, Aug. 2011). KU Leuven is core partner in InnoEnergy and delivers the European institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) PhD degree label.38% of KU Leuven’s PhD students and 36% of its postdoctoral researchers are international scholars.
KU Leuven’s contribution to Performance Plus will come from the research group Thermal Systems (TS) within the Division Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion (TME). The research focus of the Thermal Systems group is on thermal systems, for which it has been shown that significant energy savings can be reached by using model based predictive control (MPC) strategies.


Main tasks attributed in the project:
  • Integrated energy management and storage control (WP3): WP leadership, main contribution, tested model-predictive control for integrated energy management and storage control.
  • Demonstration and validation of overall tools (WP6): contribution, analysis and interpretation of measured data.




Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI)

The Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment (ISAAC) is part of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). The institute’s research activities cover renewable energy (photovoltaic and geothermal), rational use of building energy with particular attention to green building standards, building maintenance and refurbishment and environmental studies. The PV department has almost 30 years of experience and employs around 20 people today. The research and offered R&D services focus on performance testing, life-time testing and energy rating testing of PV modules as well as monitoring of PV systems and smart grid applications. The research has also led to several spin-off activities. In 2005, the Centre of Competence for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) was funded and in 2009 the Swiss PV Module Test Centre covering the whole range of electrical, climatic and mechanical tests according to IEC standards IEC 61215, IEC 61646 and IEC 61730 (accredited ISO 17025) was launched.


Main tasks attributed in the project:
  • Integrated energy management and storage control (WP3): Contribution, focus on battery storage.
  • Procedures and tools for laboratory and field testing (WP5): WP leadership, main contribution in testing and lifetime degradation study.
  • Demonstration (WP6): Contribution for validation and demonstration of tools.



Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Uni Oldenburg is since long known for its Renewable Energy research and education with currently around 150 scientists working on Renewable Energy, mostly within the Institute of Physics. The Energy Meteorology group with more than 20 scientists investigates the influence of weather and climate on energy supply systems with increasing contributions from solar and wind energy. Within this field, forecasting of both wind and solar power generation, modelling of wind resources on various scales, satellite-based estimation of surface solar irradiance, and solar spectral modelling are major topics. For PV applications the group participated in several EU projects and numerous national research projects.


Main Tasks Attributed in the Project

  • PV system design modelling (WP1): contribution.
  • Operational PV system modelling (WP2): WP leadership.
  • Demonstration and validation of forecasting models (WP6): contribution.



AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH is Austria’s largest non-university research organisation with more than 900 employees. In the field of electricity networks and distributed energy resources AIT’s main expertise is in low and high voltage technology, power quality, safety and reliability analysis. AIT has long term experience in active integration of distributed generation in distribution networks and related applications. Furthermore, AIT is represented in several technology platforms and is involved in the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI), the EERA Joint Programmes on Smart Grids and PV and several Implementing Agreements of the International Energy Agency (ISGAN, IEA-PVPS).

Main Tasks Attributed in the Project:
  • Inverter Modelling: AIT will carry out the development and implementation of the proposed inverter models.
  • Laboratory Analysis: The developed system will be analysed in the laboratory environment at AIT with specific focus on the PV-inverter.
  • Field Testing: AIT will test the developed system on a local PV system and participate in all relating activities as monitoring, data collection etc.