PV for Transport: a logical evolution

The decrease of PV system prices is now becoming so visible that it starts to influence decisions in the energy sector. With the cost of PV electricity going below 0,02 USD/kWh in extremely sunny locations, PV will become in the coming years the cheapest energy (and not only electricity) source of electricity for new plants. This already starts to influence energy consumption sectors such as the building and transport sector. The shift towards electricity for heating and transport materializes already the need for cleaner energy but it hasn’t yet incorporated the PV-effect. With cheap PV electricity available at mid-day (or later thanks to cheaper-than-ever storage), the pressure to use that available energy will grow in the coming years. It can be expected that the shift to electricity will be at least accelerated and most probably significantly driven by the progresses in PV deployment. Read more...

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Publication of the National Survey Reports

National Survey Reports (NSR) are coming in this year again. They represent the best comprehensive summary of PV policies, market development and industry data in key PV countries which are participating to the IEA PVPS program. They represent a source of reliable information for researchers, policymakers, energy experts or anyone interested in PV development. For more than 20 years, they have been highlighting the constant change of policies and expectations from PV. Now, with a PV market above the 75 GW mark a year, the NSRs highlight the evolution towards becoming a mainstream energy source, and the constraints attached. Find all recent and older NSRs here.

Calendar of Activities & Events

Special session on "PV for Transport" at PVSEC-27
16 November 2017 - Shiga, Japan
Task 12 Workshop at PVSEC-27
16 November 2017 - Shiga, Japan
12-17 November 2017 - Shiga, Japan


50th IEA PVPS ExCo Meeting
29-30 November 2017 - Japan
Sustainability of RE Technical Training
30 November 2017 - Webinar
"Utilities & PV: business cases" Workshop
12 December 2017 - Vienna, Austria

Latest publications

NEW - Trends in PV Module Recycling Technologies by Task 12

In this report, an overview of trends in the development of PV module recycling technologies is given from the perspectives of patents and national R&D projects, and expected upcoming issues related to PV module recycling technologies are addressed.


The publication is available here.

NEW - BIPV Research Teams & BIPV R&D Facilities. An International Mapping by Task 15

This report presents the latest state of the art on BIPV testing facilities, providing relevant input for BIPV developers on site selection for their BIPV product development and testing, and increases the collaboration and international agreement on BIPV testing procedures.


The publication is available here.

NEW - Flexible Resources for Flexible Transmission System Operation by Task 14

This report provides a review of present and expected scenarios about flexibility in system operation. It summarizes and integrates results of a survey involving national experts in six countries, namely Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, and Switzerland.



The publication is available here.

NEW - Guideline to Introducing Quality Renewable Energy Technician Training Programs by Task 9

This document is intended as a guide for The Renewable Energy Industry, Multi-Lateral and Bi-Lateral Donors and Government Ministries/Departments that want to introduce competency based quality renewable training programs for technicians into a country or region.

The publication is available here.

NEW - National Survey Reports of PV Power Applications 2016

National Survey Reports are produced annually by each Task 1 participant. These documents are the country National Survey Reports for the year 2016 from Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and USA. Information from these documents will be used as input to the annual "Trends in Photovoltaic Applications" report.


The publications are available here.

National Survey Report of PV Power Applications in SWITZERLAND 2016

National Survey Reports are produced annually by each Task 1 participant. This document is the country National Survey Report for the year 2016. Information from this document will be used as input to the annual Trends in photovoltaic applications report.


The publication is available here.