Regional project: HomePvPower - www.homepvpower.it

HomePvPower is an Industrial Research Project coordinated by MIST E-R and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (call for Industrial Research Projects oriented to Innovation in the Energetic Field) within the POR FESR EMILIA-ROMAGNA 2014/2020 Axis 1. The project aims to demonstrate an innovative way of self-consumption and management of photovoltaic electricity that does not require a bidirectional connection to the network but still allows the use of the network as a seamless backup provider.

Three essential components will be developed for the home powerline that are not yet available on the market:

  1. The "Power Mixer" (mixer of the power generated with that eventually taken from the grid).
  2. The "Smart Powerline Controller" (powerline control and management system)
  3. Two new types of photovoltaic elements for home furnishings.

These components, integrated with suitably adapted commercial products, will constitute a kit to transform a typical domestic powerline into an active powerline with a one-way connection to the external power grid. The main feature of the kit is the modularity and expandability of the number of active components that can be installed, both generators and accumulators, without the need to change the electrical system.

Aims

The project aim to create a "demo" kit of electrical and active equipment and components, based on three prototypes of innovative products:

1 - "Power Mixer": equipment for the management and regulation of the supply of electric power by the local powerline, with local units for generating and/or accumulating electricity through the one-way and low priority connection (backup supply) with the external electric network.

2 - "Smart Powerline Controller": monitoring and control system of the Power Mixer, of the components installed on the local powerline (optimization of the use of locally generated electricity) and of the withdrawal of electricity from the external network.

3 - "Smart PV": innovative photovoltaic elements of different shapes and sizes with architectural designs, based both on conventional silicon solar cells and on experimental photovoltaic cells (thin film with different degrees of transparency on ultralight metallic or polymeric substrates).

The project includes a test operation of the kit through installation in a typical domestic powerline and measurement of system performance (efficiency, security, user manageability, impact on the electric bill and others) and its main components.