The Consortium of participants in the SSP “SigmaSoles: The innovation in Concentration Photovoltaics in Spain” has achieved such a success while carrying out the tasks that this commitment as well as the aim of developing the CPV technology both have lead to 4 new SigmaSoles spin-off Projects: Projects INNPACTO from the 3Q of 2011, supported again by the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry, being ISFOC technical coordinator in three of four.

The mother Project SigmaSoles has been split down into 4 new independent INNPACTO Projects: "Sigmamódulos","Sigmaequipos","Sigmatrackers" and "Sigmaplantas". Each project is focused on a specific area of interest, sharing several common objectives: to achieve a cheaper renewable energy, to optimise the more efficient solar systems and to obtain a high yield, through the exchange of know-how and background between Institutes and Companies on the sector.

The Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry has already announced the awardees of those INNPACTO Projects, where 555M€ in 394 projects have been granted, being 155M€ devoted to projects focused on the Energy topic. This support to the projects where ISFOC plays the technical coordinator role at its Puertollano Headquarters can be easily noticed if we focused on the high funding obtained, which reaches, for the 4 projects, up to 16.2M€. The Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry will pay out 13.5M€, more than 8.5% of the money devoted to the Energy topic projects: 9.3M€ in loans and 4.1M€ in subsidies. It is to highlight that one of the projects, that is, SigmaMódulos, has obtained the highest subsidies among all the awardees, that clearly indicates a strong support form the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry to the Renewable Energies in general and to the promising CPV technology in particular, where Spain is leader in development.

INNPACTO SIGMAMODULOS

The Institute for Concentration Photovoltaics Systems (ISFOC) is the technical coordinator of the INNPACTO Project "SigmaModulos": The innovation of CPV modules in Spain". This Project has been awarded for three years, having obtained a funding of 1.352.715,98€  in subsidies  and 2.697.891,9€ in loans for the participant companies. The Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry will support this Project along 2011, 2012, and 2013, being the entities located in convergence areas (ISFOC, Isofotón, Abengoa) co-funded by the European Union. It is important to highlight that this INNPACTO Project has received the highest funding in the form of subsidies from all the granted ones for 2011 annuity. 


The following entities are involved in the SigmaModulos Consortium: Isofotón, which is the leader and general coordinator of it, Abengoa Solar, ISFOC, the public research organization INTA and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Solar Energy Institute and CEDINT).
SigmaModulos Project main goal is to develop high concentration photovoltaics modules, being supported by research and innovative instruments and by technology transfer, with the aim of obtaining a validated and reliable product easily industrialized.


This Project is linked to another INNPACTO Projects, called "SigmaPlantas", where the prototypes of the modules developed will be installed to check their performance in the field. This test has proved to be essential to verify new technologies, following and taking as an example the demo plants installed at ISFOC. Final target, therefore, is to obtain a system integrating the ultimate technologies in regard with cells, optic systems and components, which will be fully characterized and validated as well as tested and checked in a demo field, all of that leading to a future manufacturing.

INNPACTO SIGMATRACKERS

The Instituto de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Concentración (ISFOC) is technical coordinator of the INNPACTO Project "SigmaTracker: The innovation trackers for CPV systems in Spain". This Project has been awarded for three years, having obtained a funding of €737,355.04 in subsidies, €2,635,352.44 in loans for the participant companies and €417,887.4 in reimbursable FEDER funds. The Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry will support this Project along 2011, 2012 and 2013, being the entities located in convergence areas (ISFOC, Isofotón,Abengoa,CTM-CLM Foundation and the University of Castile- La MAncha) co-funded by the European Union.  

The foolowing entities are involved in the SigmaTrackers Conortium: SENER, which is leader and general coordinator of it, Abengoa Solar, Altran, Indra, Isofotón, ISFOC, the Research Public Body INTA, the Tecnological Centre CENER, the Foundation Corp. Tecnalia, The CTM-CLM foundation and the University of Castile-La Mancha.

 Main goal of SigmaTrackersw Project is to develop HCPV trackers, supported by the R&D activities and by the innovation and technology transference as to obtain a validated and reliable produce, easy to manufacture and affordable.

This Project is integrated into another awarded Project, called "SigmaPlantas", where the installation of prototypes will be held in order to check their performace in the field, crucial stage to verify new Technologies, as ISFOC did at its demo plants. Final target, therefore, is to obtain a system integrating the ultimate technologies in regard with cells, optic systems and components, which will be fully characterized and validated as well as tested and checked in a demo field, all of that leading to a future manufacturing.

INNPACTO SIGMAPLANTAS

The Instituto de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Concentración (ISFOC) is technical coordinator of the INNPACTO Project "SigmaPlantas": The innovation in plants and modules for CPV systems in Spain". This Project has been awarded for three years, having obtained a funding of € 863,759.68 in subsidies, €2,808,994.20 in loans for the participant companies and € 669,309.20 in reimbursable FEDER funds. The Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry will support this Project along 2011, 2012, and 2013, being the entities located in convergence areas (ISFOC, Isofotón, Abengoa, Ingeteam Service, the University of Castile-La Mancha, the University of Jaén and the University of Seville) co-funded by the European Union.

The following entities are involved in the SigmaPlantas Consortium: Abengoa Solar New Technologies, which is leader and general coordinator of it, Altran, Ingeteam Energy, Ingeteam Service, Isofotón, ISFOC,SENER, the Technological Centre CENER, the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Solar Energy Institute), the University of Catile-La Mancha, the University of Jaén and the University of Seville.

Main goal of SigmaPlantas Project is to develop the main set of crucial activities for the HCPV systems that traditionally is forgotten all over the development cycle of power-producer systems, such as field installation or the study of production. For that reason, studies of HCPV systems improvement eill be held, supported by the R&D activities and by the innovation and technology transderence as to obtain more reliable and operative plants, trustable for the markets.

This Project is integrated into two other awarded Projects, called "SigmaMódulos" and "SigmaTrackers", as in SigmaPlantas, the systems developed on those as well as on the former mother Project "SigmaSoles" and those developed by "SigmaPlantas" will be validated and tested. The installation of module & tracker prototypes will be help in order to check their performace in the field, crucial stage to verify new Technologies, as ISFOC did at its demo plants. Final target, therefore, is to obtain a system integrating the ultimate technologies in regard with cells, optic systems and components, which will be fully characterized and validated as well as tested and checked in a demo field, all of that leading to a future manufacturing.

INNPACTO SIGMAEQUIPOS

The Project "SigmaEquipos: The innovation in equipments for CPV Systems characterization in Spain" has been established with by the leadership of a Castile-La Mancha Company, located at Puertollano:Soldaduras Avanzadas. The Consotium is made up as well by Quinta Ingeniería Company and the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Project's mail goal is to develop equipments for module and concentration cell characterization, supported by the tecnology transference between the University and the research in the sector.

 

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