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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IEA-PVPS welcomes Morocco

Morocco has officially joined the IEA-PVPS technology cooperation program in March this year. Morocco is the second African country to join the programme, and the 27th country member. After Chile and South Africa last year, the IEA PVPS is becoming more and more global, with close to 90% of the PV market and industry represented. It expresses again the diversity of cultures and approaches to renewable energy development, that makes the strength of the IEA-PVPS programme for several decades now. It also highlight the shift of PV towards new countries, on all continents, now that the competitiveness of many PV solutions is granted. The entire IEA-PVPS family welcomes Morocco and looks forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.

Calendar of Activities & Events

WCPEC-7 2018
10-15 June 2018 - Hawaii, USA
WCPEC-7: IEA-PVPS Workshops
14 June 2018 - Hawaii, USA
IEA-PVPS Task 1 4th PV Utility Business Models Workshop
19 June 2018 - Munich, Germany


IEA-PVPS Task 13 Interim Meeting
19 June 2018 - Munich, Germany
Intersolar Europe 2018 - Exhibition
20-22 June 2018 - Munich, Germany
IEA-PVPS Task 16: Workshop
21 June 2018 - Munich, Germany

Latest Publications

NEW - IEA-PVPS Annual Report 2017

IEA PVPS is pleased to present its 2017 Annual Report. This document summarizes the actions of member countries and the activities in all research programs (tasks). According to annual report, 2017 has seen close to 100 GW, more precisely 98 GW, of additional installed PV capacity worldwide, raising the cumulative installed capacity to 402,5 GW. China, the USA, India and Japan represented the largest markets in 2017.

The report can be downloaded here.


NEW - Snapshot of Global PV Markets 2018 by Task 1

IEA PVPS has distinguished itself throughout the years by producing unbiased reports on the development of PV all over the world, based on information from official government bodies and reliable industry sources. This sixth edition of the Snapshot of Global PV Markets aims at providing preliminary information on how the PV markets developed in the last year. The 23rd edition of the PVPS complete "Trends in PV Applications" report will be published after Q4 2018.

Visit the Snapshot page to discover more.

NEW - Review on Infrared and Electroluminescence Imaging for PV Field Applications by Task 13

This report provides recommendations and guidelines for using Infrared (IR) and Electroluminescence (EL) imaging techniques to identify and assess specific failure modes of PV modules and systems in field applications.

The publication is available here.

NEW - Uncertainties in PV System Yield Predictions and Assessments by Task 13

The preparation of a LTYP report typically relies on numerical modelling and prediction of the expected electrical yield, based on experience with previous PV power plants, laboratory measurements and more or less the whole knowledge gained in the PV community over the past years and decades. This report tries to collect some insights into the field of uncertainties of several technical aspects of PV system yield prediction and assessment.

The publication is available here.

NEW - Water Footprint of European Rooftop Photovoltaic Electricity based on Re-gionalised Life Cycle Inventories by Task 12

The water use of photovoltaic (PV) electricity has been investigated in very few studies so far, which may be due to the low water demand of PV systems during operation. In this study, the water consumption and water withdrawal of electricity generated by PV systems were assessed by considering all life cycle stages and by taking account of country-level regional differences in water availability.

The publication is available here.

NEW - Life Cycle Assessment of Current Photovoltaic Module Recycling by Task 12

The objective of this study is to compile life cycle inventories of the recycling of c-Si and CdTe PV modules. Different life cycle inventories are established following the cut-off approach and the end-of-life approach. The environmental impacts of the PV module recycling process are analysed based on six indicators and the main contributors to the recycling efforts are identified.

The publication is available here.