A joint project is being conducted in Germany to research the possibilities of intelligent coupling of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with CHP plants and heat pump systems.

Led by SMA Solar Technology, Vaillant and RWTH Aachen, field testing of PV/CHP systems will take place in single and multi-family dwellings or in commercial buildings in order to evaluate multiple pilot systems and prove that the solutions are suitable for practical use.

The goal of the “PV-KWK” project is to develop optimized system solutions that create the most effective combination of solar photovoltaics and CHP plant/heat pump systems, open up synergies, and are suitable for multiple applications in buildings.
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The project also has as its aim the optimization of load control for electrical appliances and the use of energy storage in pure solar PV systems through to intelligent incorporation of eMobility.

SMA is the coordinator for this project, which runs until November 2017 and has a budget of approximately EUR 5.5 million. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is promoting the collaborative project with EUR 3 million as part of the “Research and Development for Photovoltaics” funding initiative.

The joint PV-KWK project sponsored by the A joint project is being conducted in Germany to research the possibilities of intelligent coupling of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with CHP plants and heat pump systems.

It is intended that the project will contribute to the securing of Germany as a business and industrial hub, to the protection of the climate and resources and accelerating the global energy transition through the distribution of solar energy.