23rd “Trends in Photovoltaic Applications” Report

IEA PVPS Task 1 published its 23rd “Trends in Photovoltaic Applications” report on December 3rd 2018. This unique report provides official and accurate data about the photovoltaic (PV) market, industry, support policies, research activities and the integration of PV into the power sector in the 27 countries reporting to the IEA PVPS Programme, plus a reliable estimate of the other most important PV markets. In a market where the main market driver remains the Feed-in Tariffs, Asia has taken the lead of PV development.

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National Survey Reports of PV Power Applications 2017

The National Survey Reports (NSR) for the year 2017 from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Republic Of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and United States are now available for viewing and downloading. As an important deliverable of Task 1, the NSRs provide an in-depth summary of PV policies, market development and industry data in key PV countries. They represent a source of reliable information for researchers, policymakers, energy experts or anyone interested in PV development.

The participating countries and organisations can be found here.

The National Survey Reports for the year 2017 are available here.  

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Calendar of Activities & Events

Webinar | How to Replicate solutions for the flexibility challenge? ReFlex Guidebook presentation
20th February 2019 @2 pm CET
Task 13 | The 21st Task 13 Meeting
2nd - 4th April 2019 - University of Utrecht, The Netherlands 
Task 15 | Applications, Advances and Business Models of BIPV
14th May 2019 - Munich, Germany
Task 15 | Experts Meeting
5th - 6th June 2019 - Montréal, Canada
Task 15 | Task Phase 2 Definition Workshop
7th June 2019 - Montréal, Canada
Task 16 | Workshop: Best practices for quality control procedures and gap fillip methods
25h June 2019 - Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark
Task 16 | SWC: Solar World Congress: Workshop on benchmarking of site adaptation methods
4th - 7th November 2019 - Santiago de Chile, Chile



NEW | BIPV research teams & BIPV R&D facilities An international mapping, second version by Task 15

The scope of the report is to map the research and development teams and test facilities active in BIPV. It focuses on 17 country members of IEA PVPS Task 15 and thus, this report does not provide an exhaustive list of all research teams and facilities around the globe.

The report can be downloaded here.


NEW | International R&D Project Collection – Advanced Cooperation between Distribution and Transmission Network Operation by Task 14

This report is a collection of international R&D projects, with a focus on advanced TSO/DSO cooperation procedures. Therefore, 19 international R&D projects from the United States, Europe, and Japan have been identified and their objectives, key findings, and recommendations have been collected and summarized. The project fact sheets were provided directly by project members or through a detailed literature review.

The report can be downloaded here.


NEW | TRENDS 2018 in Photovoltaic Applications | 23rd Edition by Task 1

The new 2018 Edition of the IEA PVPS report Trends in Photovoltaic Applications is now available. This edition browses 23 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 and find the 23 editions of the report.

The report can be downloaded here.


Human Health Risk Assessment Methods for PV Part 1: Fire Risks by Task 12

This report presents an analysis of potential human health impacts associated with chemical release from modules during a building fire for three PV technologies.

The publication are available here. 

National Survey Reports of PV Power Applications 2017

National Survey Reports are produced annually by each Task 1 participant. These documents are the country National Survey Reports for the year 2017 from Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and United States. Information from these documents will be used as input to the annual "Trends in Photovoltaic Applications" report.


The publications are available here.

Photovoltaic Module Energy Yield Measurements: Existing Approaches and Best Practice by Task 13


The goal of this document is to fill some of the normative gaps and to help anyone intending to start energy yield measurements of individual PV modules to obtain a technical insight into the topic, to be able to set‐up his own test facility or to better understand how to interpret results measured by third parties.

The publication is available here.

Inventory on Existing Business Models, Opportunities and Issues for BIPV by Task 15

Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) can have a vastly different business model than other PV installations. This report includes examples of various BIPV installations ranging from simple in‐roof residential installations to innovative facade designs on tertiary buildings. 

The publication is available here.

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.


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.