MCIA participates in the Optima Project, to optimize photovoltaic technology for self-consumption in buildings.

Optima is a demonstration project using innovative photovoltaic, electronic and mechanical technologies for innovative rooftop photovoltaic systems. Compared to current systems, Optima presents competitive advantages in terms of greater production of electrical energy per power unit [kWh/kWp] and surface unit [kWh/m2], maximizing the use of roofs, better coupling between hours generation and consumption, thus reducing energy dependence on the grid and the necessary contracted power, and greater efficiency in the conversion of DC/AC energy, through the use of state-of-the-art Wide Band Gap (WBG) electronic devices, which directly affects a higher production.

The project is led by the Institute of Concentration Photovoltaic Systems (ISFOC), with the participation of the Motion Control and Industrial Applications Research Center of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (MCIA-UPC) and the Technology Center of Catalonia (EURECAT)