Consortium & Partners

MetaPV partner 3E N.V (Brussels, Belgium)

Project coordinator

3E is an independent expert company specialized in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The company performs technical studies as well as strategic corporate and public sector studies on sustainable energy technology, policy and markets.
With a team of 90 experts and hundreds of references in over 25 countries, 3E is recognized as a leading independent authority in its field. Its clients include major technology manufacturers, project developers, energy utilities, architectural offices, construction companies and maintenance teams, as well as regional and international public authorities. Serving them all, 3E established a thorough understanding of the interaction between markets, legislation and renewable energy technology.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Project management
Scientific preparation, monitoring and evaluation of the demonstration, covering PV and distribution system aspects


MetaPV partner AIT, Austrian Institute of Technology(Vienna, Austria)

The Energy Department of the Austrian Institute of Technology develops sustainable energy systems based on cutting-edge research and provides innovative solutions for tomorrow's energy problems. The energy system is seen as a comprehensive set of electrical and thermal networks with different types of suppliers and intelligent end-use devices. Research activities range from individual components and systems to energy concepts for buildings and entire regions. Our energy experts support the innovation process at both technology and system level by providing high-level expertise in numerical simulation and experimental measurement.

Main tasks attributed in
the project

Leader of work package 3: Innovative network planning and operation enabling maximal exploitation of PV benefits
Providing expertise on voltage regulation, network planning and control

MetaPV partner Infrax cvba (Hasselt, Belgium)

Infrax cvba compiles the operational activities of the clean Flemish DSO’s Interelectra, Iveg and Wvem. The company is active in 110 municipalities in Flanders. Infrax manages and operates electricity grids, natural gas networks, cable TV and sewage and invests in the maintenance, improvement and expansion of these networks. Infrax also advises the municipalities on how to reduce the use of energy in their buildings. The company also sets up energy accountancies and carries out energy audits. Infrax develops information and awareness raising programmes in order to achieve a more sustainable way of life through energy savings and the optimal use of renewable energy sources. Almost 610,000 clients are connected to Infrax’s electricity grid, 280,000 on the natural gas network, 485,000 on the cable TV network and 300,000 on the sewage.

Main tasks attributed in the project:

Work package leader of two demonstration pilots WP4, 5: installation, testing and operation
Data collection, network preparation and evaluation of PV benefits in the power system operation


MetaPV partner Limburgse Reconversie Maatschappij N.V.

(Hasselt, Belgium) LRM, Limburg Investment Company, is incorporated as a private company with the Flemish Government as sole shareholder. The total equity of LRM amounts to
€ 241 mio. LRM focuses upon two main investment activities:

Project Development
LRM is a partner for the financing of development of industrial estates, science parks and building lease projects in the region of Limburg, Belgium. LRM offers experienced services as a project development partner and as a vendor of appropriate estates and infrastructure to logistics and high tech companies.
Furthermore LRM focuses on development of large scale cleantech- projects or integration of those projects in their industrial sites.

Private Equity
LRM contributes share capital and risk-bearing subordinated loans to companies that start up or expand in the province of Limburg. Due to its portfolio of more than 60 companies, LRM has a broad expertise in financial structuring and a valuable industrial network.industrial network.

Main tasks attributed in the project

Development and/or facilitating the development of industrial PV-projects, to be integrated in the MetaPV-project
Facilitating the development of residential PV-projects in co-operation with the local municipalities, to be integrated in the MetaPV-project

MetaPV partner SMA Solar Technology AG (Niestetal, Germany)

SMA Solar Technology AG develops, produces and sells solar inverters and monitoring systems for photovoltaic applications. SMA is the world’s largest producer in this segment and is the only vendor that has a product range with the matching inverter type for any module type and any power class. This applies for grid tied applications as well as island and backup operation.

The inverter is technologically the most important component in any solar power system: it converts the direct current generated in photovoltaic cells into alternating current suitable for the grid. In addition, it is an intelligent system manager, responsible for yield monitoring and grid management.

SMA’s business model is driven by technological progress. Due to its flexible and scalable production, SMA is in a position to quickly respond to customer demands and promptly implement product innovations. This allows the Company to easily keep pace with the dynamic market trends of the photovoltaic industry and at the same time absorb short-term fluctuations in demand for solar inverters.

SMA Solar Technology AG is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, and is represented on four continents by 13 subsidiaries. This group of companies employs more than 4,500 employees (incl. temporary workers).

Main tasks attributed in the project

Specification of requirements on new functions for PV inverters
Development of the described control algorithms
Implementation in both string and central inverters
Evaluation of inverter behavior in demonstration phases


MetaPV partner University of Ljubljana (Llubjana, Slovenia)

The Univerza v Ljubljani (University of Ljubljana) was established in 1919 on the foundations of a long-established pedagogical tradition. Since then, it has grown and expanded, so that today it consists of 20 Faculties, 3 Academies and 3 University Colleges. One of them is the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The number of students currently studying and training for future careers is about 34,000. At present, the University employs about 1,500 professors who perform two fundamental tasks - education and research.

Research work at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering operates in 9 major fields, which are fully covered by 261 registered researchers and 31 technical staff working in 26 research groups. The Centre of Distributed Energy Sources at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering ( is the central research group for distributed energy sources in Slovenia, where four laboratories are covering RTD&I aspects of efficient use of energy, renewable energy sources, in particular PV, power networks, distributed generation and energy strategies.

Main tasks attributed in the project

Design issues for PV systems with additional benefits (sizing of the components to allow additional functionalities like voltage control and PQ improvement).
Effectiveness of the additional functionalities under real network conditions - technical quantification of the additional benefits.