to improve solar production forecasting services


€ 800 000 R&D budget between the CEA and STEADYSUN

March 29th, 2015

Steadysun signed a collaboration agreement with the CEA to improve its solar production forecasting services. This project involves conventional photovoltaic installations, but also future technologies such as Concentrated solar power plants (CSP) and concentrated photovoltaic plants (CPV).
The program will use during 2 years the CEA’s equipment and demonstrators located at the National Institute of Solar Energy (INES) near Chambery, and in Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône, France).

This collaboration comes as power from solar energy will increasingly need to be integrated into the existing market.

Beyond 2016, most of the European country members will follow the European Commission guidelines, and make use of compensation mechanisms based on direct sales to the electricity market.

Economic stakes are very high, since electricity producers are committed to deliver a precise amount over a defined hourly slot, at risk of financial penalties if they don’t.

Now estimated at 180 GW, installed photovoltaic production will exceed 400 GW in 2018. Costs caused by uncertainty on output may then exceed one billion euros!