Member countries within the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programm (PVPS) work together to compile country data and activities in a variety of publications - including task reports, national reports, annual reports, statistic reports, workshop presentations and a twice-yearly newsletter.

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NEW Human health risk assessment methods for PV Part 2: Breakage Risks by Task 12


This report presents an analysis of potential human health impacts associated with rainwater leaching from broken modules for two PV technologies, focusing on release of the highest-prioritized chemical element for each: lead (Pb) content in crystalline-silicon (c-Si) PV modules and cadmium (Cd) content in thin film cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV modules. 

The Report is available here.  


NEW BIPV Design and Performance Modelling: Tools and Methods by Task 15


The report examines features and functions, as well as potential development and limitations of currently available tools used in BIPV planning process, including tools specifically designed for BIPV and PV tools with capacity to simulate certain BIPV cases.


The report is available here.


Analysis of requirements, specifications and regulation of BIPV by Task 15


This report focuses on the requirements, specifications and regulations relevant to the development of BIPV performance and safety standards.


The report is available here.


Optimal Integration of Photovoltaics in Micro-Grids That Are Dominated by Diesel Power Plants by Task 9


In this report, the effects of PV integration into diesel driven micro-grids was investigated. The focus was set to the fuel saving potential due to the PV integration and the resulting economics for the system.


The report is available here.


IEA-PVPS Annual Report 2018


IEA PVPS is pleased to present its 2018 Annual Report. This document summarizes the actions of member countries and the activities in all research programs (tasks). According to annual report, 2018 has seen close to 100 GW, more precisely 98 GW, of additional installed PV capacity worldwide, raising the cumulative installed capacity above 500 GW. China, the USA, India and Japan represented the largest markets in 2018.

The report can be downloaded Opens internal link in current windowhere.


Recommended Practises for Wind and PV Integration Studies by Task 14

This Expert Group Report provides recommendations on how to perform studies of wind and solar PV integration. It is based on more than 10 years of work within the IEA Wind TCP Task 25: Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power and the IEA PVP TCP Task 14: High Penetration of PV Systems in Electricity Grids.

The publication is available here.

Coloured BIPV : Market, Research & Development by Task 15

This report focuses on the economic, technical and theoretical research and development topics of BIPV products, which are available in different colours and sizes. The given market overview of state-of-the-art coloured BIPV products clearly reveals that for all parts of a BIPV module (glass, polymers, PV-active layers), there are technical solutions available for colouring.

The publication is available here.

Net metering and PV self-consumption in emerging countries by Task 9

This paper is a comparative study in a number of African (Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Benin, South‐ Africa, Kenya, Ghana) as well as Asian countries (India and Philippines) to review and analyse their respective PV self‐consumption policies.

The publication in English is available here

The publication in French is available here.

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 publication is available here.

Compilation and Analysis of User Needs for BIPV and its Functions by Task 15

This report focuses on the needs for BIPV and the multiple functions that BIPV provides from the perspective of the users. The “users” may be the building owner, the building occupants or the professionals involved in planning and constructing the building, such as the architects, engineers, consultants and contractors. Other remote “users” could also be the building supervisor, the city authorities (or other involved administrations), the investors and banking institutes financing the project, and insurance companies. Some of the needs may be identical for all of these users; others may be specific to a single user.

The publication is available here.

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 publication is available here.

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 publication is available here.

International definitions of “BIPV” | by Task 15

This report provides an overview of current building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) definitions. The definitions have been used in standards to specify their scope, by funding programmes to differentiate between classes of photovoltaic systems that were eligible for different subsidies, and in collaborative research projects and programmes to achieve a common working understanding of the topic. Read more. 

The publication is available 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 is 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, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal 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

Subtask B report 'Transition towards Sound BIPV Business Models' is released by Task 15. 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 publication is available 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.

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.

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.

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.