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UJA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships Hosting Offer 2020 (INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING)

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    16/06/2020 00:00 - Europe/Athens
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Jaén
    Universidad de Jaén
    Centre for Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences, Energy and Environment

Description of Hosting Institution (UJA – Spain)

Jaén University (UJA) was created in 1993 and is in the Top 50 of the world’s best young universities according to THE (Times Higher Education). This ranking analyzes aspects such as teaching, research work, the university’s international outreach, or integration into industry. Besides, the UJA has received the distinction of Campus of International Excellence in the fields of Agrifood (CEIA3) and Climate Change (CamBio), plus it also leads the Andalusian CEI project on historical heritage PatrimoniUN10.

Jaén University has five faculties (Social and Legal Sciences; Humanities and Education Sciences; Health Sciences; Experimental Sciences and Social Work) and two higher polytechnic schools for engineering (Linares and Jaén). In turn, these centers are organized into 35 departments. It also has three Postgraduate educational centers (Doctorate School, Advanced Study Center in Modern Languages and Postgraduate Study Center).

In regards to its research, there are several specialized centers at Jaén University (https://www.ujaen.es/servicios/ofipi/uja-ri-expertise). Besides, the full picture of the over 100 UJA groups covers the following research fields of expertise: Agrifood (AGR); Biology (BIO); Health (CTS); Social Sciences, Business, Law (SEJ); Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (FQM); Humanities (HUM); Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (RNM); Information and Communications Technology (TIC); and Engineering Production Technology (TEP).

As far the UJA hosting offer is concerned, Prof. EMILIO MUÑOZ CERÓN (emunoz@ujaen.es) would be willing to host post-doctoral researchers that are eventually funded through the MSCA-IF 2020 call for applications to be part of the following research team: https://www.ujaen.es/servicios/ofipi/uja-ri-expertise/tep-101-research-development-solar-energy


Project description

The PV Research Group of the University of Jaén has more than 30 years of experience in the photovoltaic solar technology sector and has been present in numerous international project financing calls. It also belongs to the recently created Centre for Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences, Energy and the Environment (CEACTEMA) where numerous prestigious researchers work together on topics mainly related to renewable energies.

The main R&D fields of the Solar team are:

  • Photovoltaic Systems: Architectural integration solutions, PV-grid energy balance, self-consumption, profitability analysis, designs of PV projects, micro grids for rural electrification.
  • Modules and PV plant testing and characterization: Measurement and quality control, outdoors electrical modelling, degradation studies
  • Energy audits.

One of the most remarkable achievements was the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 competition that promotes R&D on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings. The house was the winner in the fields of Energy Efficiency and Electric Energy Balance tests, which the UJA was in charge of. In addition, soon, 1MW of PV will be installed using the roofs of the campus based on a previous project developed by the Solar team, where the PV potential of the Campus was identified

Since 1989 has gained through the necessary skills and expertise to accomplish large-scale energy projects and as a consequence of these years of experience, the members of the Group are trained to state a methodology for the planning and development of renewable energies in some precise areas in which technical problems, managing legal and economic constraints are challenging issues.

Nowadays, it is developing several projects related to the measurement and characterization of bifacial photovoltaic modules, highlighting among them, under the framework of the European Solar-Era.net call, a proposal of integration in the civil construction sector, through the development of acoustic noise barriers using bifacial photovoltaic modules.

More information of the UJAEN Solar team can be found at the following link, which shows a dossier with the most remarkable projects and technical facilities: https://bit.ly/33D6Ge1.


As far as the suggested project description for prospective MSCA-IF candidates is concerned, please find it below:

Photovoltaic solar technology has found a new growth niche in bifacial modules, both in terms of technological progress and at the commercial market level.

According to the expected figures, it is estimated that the market share of bifacial modules will grow up to 60% of the whole PV market in the next 10 years.

However, despite the current rate of manufacture and installation, several technical aspects have been identified that need to be further developed and improved in order for their consolidation to be sustainable:

  • Characterization of the performance of the bifacial modules (and systems) through the achievement of the following objectives:
    • Irradiance and Temperature performance measurements and power rating.
    • Spectral responsivity, incidence angle, and module operating temperature.
    • Calculation of Energy Rating of PV modules and complete systems.
    • Standard Reference Climatic Profiles.
  • Influence of the non-uniformity of the incident radiation on the rear side on the performance of the modules. Proposal for optimizing the connection of strings in photovoltaic bifacial plants.
  • Procedure for the characterization of energy gains due to rear radiation (albedo) in large photovoltaic plants.
  • Improved modelling and simulation of expected energy production.
  • Optimization of solar tracking systems and proposal of new typologies as well as optimization of bifacial PV plant design.
  • Sensitivity analysis on bankability and LCOE of photovoltaic projects based on bifacial technology.

The proposed project aims to target the questions identified above, using different measurement campaigns outdoors.


Application procedure

CV, Motivation letter and Summary of project proposal (250 words) should be sent by the offer deadline to ofipi@ujaen.es. Further information regarding the application requirements can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/msca-if-2020 & https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en. Please, take into account that interested candidates should comply with the MSCA-IF programme mobility rule before applying: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-msca_en.pdf.


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