Conference: “Transport, Climate Change, and Clean Air”
21. June 2018
Kick-Off-Meeting for the GRECO Project
25. June 2018


Fostering a Next GeneRation of European Photovoltaic SoCiety through Open Science

Photovoltaic research and open science – this is to be combined in the GRECO project initiated by the University of Madrid. The three-year project has the goal of extending the life of solar systems and developing sustainable system solutions. In doing so, new directions are to be taken in the research concept as well as in the implementation and the publications. These measures have, on the one hand, the goal of strengthening the understanding of the role of photovoltaics in a sustainable energy supply and, on the other hand, of creating a fruitful exchange with society.
GRECO believes that openness in research and innovation will make it more responsive to societal needs and values.

For six specific technical goals, solutions are to be developed in GRECO:

  1. A model for the aging of photovoltaic systems
  2. A repair process for old solar modules
  3. An irrigation system based on photovoltaics
  4. A highly efficient cell with the same price
  5. Micro-CPV-modules for building installations
  6. A photovoltaic heat pump

Project duration: June 2018 – May 2021

Further information on the GRECO project website

RLI is responsible for the following tasks within the project:

  • Analysis of the impact of different photovoltaic technologies (building-integrated micro-CPV versus flat PV modules) in terms of costs and emissions in energy supply scenarios at local and European level
  • Conception and test of an open-peer-review process for the open source models developed in the project
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Projekt lead)

Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Universidade de Evora

Euro-Mediterranean Irrigators Community



Central Laboratory of Solar Energy & New Energy Sources of Bulgarian Academy of Science

Dirección General del Agua Andalucia

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Universidade de Sao Paulo


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 787289.

Disclaimer: The sole responsibility for the content of this material lies with the authors. It does not necessarily represent the views of the European Union, and neither EASME nor the European Commission are responsible for any use of this material.

Research at RLI is supported by the Reiner Lemoine Foundation.


Sabine Haas

Project Manager

Inia Steinbach

Student Assistant

Stefanie Nguyen

Student Assistant