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18/19 March 2014 - ISES 2014 - Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Meet Task 1 and Task 9 representatives
24 April 2014 Workshop - Tel Aviv (Israel)
More info to come
About IEA PVPS
- The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) is one of the collaborative R&D Agreements established within the IEA and, since its establishment in 1993, the PVPS participants have been conducting a variety of joint projects in the application of photovoltaic conversion of solar energy into electricity.
- The 28 PVPS members are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Copper Alliance, Denmark, EPIA, European Union, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, SEIA, SEPA, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.
- How to participate?
- 27 February 2014 - The complete version of the Australian National Report is now available More info.
- 27 February 2014 - IEA published its new report "The Power of Transformation - Wind, Sun and the Economics of Flexible Power Systems". More info
- 16 December 2013 - Presentations for the Task 14 workshop in Sydney, Task 1 workshop in Taipei and the May Task 14 and MetaPV workshop in Brussels are now available. More info
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Managing grids with high shares of variable renewables is one of the main challenges of PV (and Wind) development. In a new study published in February 2014, the IEA shows that any country can reach high shares of PV and Wind electricity cost-effectively.
The inherent variability of wind power and solar PV is raising concerns: Can power systems remain reliable and cost-effective while supporting high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE)? The study shows that integrating high shares – i.e., 30 percent of annual electricity production or more – of wind and solar PV in power systems can come at little additional cost. However, costs depend on how flexible the system currently is and what strategy is adopted to develop system flexibility. Exploring the differences between developed and developing countries, the study highlights the necessary steps to integrate high shares of VRE cost-effectively, the impact on incumbent generators and the electricity system in general, especially in developed countries with stable electricity systems. It shows how the transformation challenge in stable systems is twofold: scaling up the new, flexible system while scaling down the inflexible part of the old.More info.
Trends in Photovoltaic Applications - 2013 Edition
The new 2013 Edition of the IEA PVPS report Trends in Photovoltaic Applications is now available. This edition browses 20 years of PV installations in the IEA PVPS member countries and many others. Policies to support PV deployment, industry development and the integration of PV in the power sector are analyzed in depth in this report.
Visit the Trends page on this website and find the 18 editions of the report.
- FINAL TRENDS v1.02
- 2013/11/29, 4.2 MB, Gaëtan Masson
(New) Photovoltaic and Solar Forecasting Report
The field of solar and photovoltaic (PV) forecasting is rapidly evolving. The current report provides a snapshot of the state of the art of this dynamic research area, focusing on solar and PV forecasts for time horizons ranging from a few minutes ahead to several days ahead. Diverse resources are used to generate solar and PV forecasts, ranging from measured weather and PV system data to satellite and sky imagery observations of clouds, to numerical weather prediction (NWP) models which form the basis of modern weather forecasting.
The usefulness of these resources varies depending on the forecast horizon considered: very short‐term forecasts (0 to 6 hours ahead) perform best when they make use of measured data, while numerical weather prediction models become essential for forecast horizons beyond approximately six hours. The best approaches make use of both data and NWP models. Examples of this strategy include the use of NWP model outputs in stochastic learning models, or the use of measured data for post‐processing NWP models to correct systematic deviations between NWP model outputs and measured data. Benchmarking efforts have been conducted to compare the accuracy of various solar and PV forecast models against common datasets. Such benchmarking is critical to assessing forecast accuracy, since this accuracy depends on numerous factors, such as local climate, forecast horizon and whether forecasts apply to a single point or cover a wide geographic area. In the latter case, which is often the main interest of electric system operators, higher accuracies can be achieved since random errors at distant locations tend to be largely uncorrelated and to partially cancel out.
- Photovoltaics and Solar Forecasting State of Art Report T14 2013
- 2013/10/12, 1.5 MB, Pelland, Redmund, Kleissl, Oozeki, De Braban.
Rural Electrification with PV Hybrid Systems - 2013 (English / French)
- Rural Electrification with PV Hybrid systems - T9 - 11072013 - Updated Feb2014
- With decreasing PV prices, PV / diesel hybrid minigrids attract significant attention from institutions in charge of rural electrification and donor agencies - to mitigate fuel price increases, deliver operating cost reductions, and offer higher service quality than traditional single-source generation systems. The combining of technologies provides interesting opportunities to overcome certain technical limitations.
Written by Gregoire LENA (IED), this publication aims to present the state of the art situation of PV / diesel hybrid systems for rural electrification and to highlight the main remaining issues – from the design, technical and implementation perspectives.
2014/02/27, 2.1 MB, Grégoire Lena - IED
- Mini-réseaux hybrides PV-diesel pour l'électrification rurale
- L’état des lieux de la technologie des systèmes hybrides PV-diesel destinés à l'électrification rurale est présenté et les principaux enjeux actuels – relatifs à la conception, aux aspects techniques et à la mise en oeuvre de ces systèmes – sont abordés et analysés. Des conseils sont formulés à destination des décideurs afin de favoriser une prise de décision éclairée en matière de systèmes photovoltaïques hybrides pour l'électrification rurale. Les spécificités des systèmes hybrides sont explicitées, les marchés et les paramètres technico-économiques pour la planification des projets sont décrits. Enfin, les questions liées à la durabilité des systèmes hybrides et à leur développement effectif sont examinées.
2014/02/27, 2.5 MB, Grégoire Lena
(New) National Survey Reports 2012
National Survey Reports detail the status of PV incentives, combined with market and industry development in 2012 in the IEA-PVPS countries. These NSR, together with the previous editions, can be found here.
These reports are used as a basis for the "Trends on PV application" publication.
Annual Report 2012
- Annual Report 2012
- IEA PVPS Annual Report 2012
2013/04/30, 3.2 MB, IEA PVPS
Snapshot of Global PV 1992-2012
- PVPS Report - A Snapshot of Global PV - 1992-2012
- Preliminary information from the IEA PVPS Programme
2013/05/06, 1.3 MB, Gaetan Masson
Pico Solar PV Systems for Remote Homes
- Pico Solar PV Systems for Remote Homes
- A new generation of small PV systems for lighting and communication
The concept of pico PV systems and their application in real-world circumstances are explained. The importance of understanding the dynamics of the demand side of this market is clearly elaborated, as are the nature and supply of the products, their economics, and experience with various business models. There are clear lessons for the roles that should be played by governments, donor bodies and others in the markets for pico PV products and services,
essentially as providers of appropriate institutional frameworks and information.
2013/05/21, 1.7 MB, Erik H. Lysen (IEA PVPS Task 9)
Energy from the Desert - 2013 Edition
- Energy from the desert
Very Large Scale Photovoltaic Power - State of the Art and Into the Future
2013/04/29, 9.7 MB, K. Komoto et al