PV for Transport

The market for PV systems has been rapidly expanding with significant penetration in grid-connected markets in an increasing number of countries, connected to both the distribution as well as the central transmission network. This strong PV market expansion has been contributing to saving fossil fuel consumption and mitigating environmental impacts in residential, commercial, industrial and power sectors.

In order to mitigate CO2 emission in the transport sector, promoting electrified vehicles is suggested as an effective option. Taking into account the WTW emissions, a mutual exploitation of PV and electrified vehicles with batteries should be key in reducing WTW CO2 emissions, as well as for deployment of PV in transport. Although the PV market in transport is still quite limited and the expected role of PV is not clear at present, the potential of the PV market in transport will be large and the acceleration of integrating PV into transport will be able to contribute to improving energy and environmental issues in the transport sector.

IEA PVPS Task 17 focuses on possible contributions of photovoltaic technologies to transport, as well as the expected market potential of photovoltaic applications in transport.

Goals & Objectives

IEA PVPS Task 17’s main goal is to deploy PV usage in transport, which will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions of the sector and enhancing PV market expansion.

  • To reach this goal, the IEA PVPS Task 17 has the following objectives:
  • Clarify expected/possible benefits and requirements for PV-powered vehicles
  • Identify barriers and solutions to satisfy the requirements
  • Propose directions for deployment of PV equipped charging stations
  • Estimate the potential contribution of PV in transport
  • To realize the above in the market, contribute to accelerating communication and activities going ahead within stakeholders such as the PV industry, transport industry, etc.

The result of Task 17 is to clarify the potential of utilization of PV in transport and to propose how to proceed toward realizing the concepts.


The IEA PVPS Task 17’s Workplan addresses issues on PV-powered applications such as PV-powered vehicles, PV equipped electricity supply equipment and integrated electrical systems consisting of PV-powered vehicles including cars, trucks, etc., mainly from technical viewpoints, and also includes issues on expected benefits from users’ and stakeholders’ viewpoints, in addition to energy and environmental aspects. As a crosscutting issue, a roadmap for deployment of PV usage in transport and reducing CO2 emissions of the sector will be discussed.

The project requires the involvement of key players in the PV industry including experts from system/application design, the transport industry such as automobile companies, the storage and electrical system industry, energy service providers, researchers in these fields, and political and institutional experts connecting PV (renewable energy) and transport.


The IEA PVPS Task 17's Workplan is organized into three main technical Subtasks and one dissemination Subtask.


Subtask 1: Benefits and Requirements for PV-powered Vehicles

  • Recognize current status and future potential of PV-powered vehicles
  • Identify requirements, barriers and solutions for PV-powered vehicles
  • Clarify expected contributions by PV-powered vehicles to energy and environmental issues in the transport
  • Clarify expected benefits for users and industry by PV-powered vehicles
  • Compare expected contributions and benefits by PV-powered vehicles to using PV electricity not produced in the vehicles
  • Discuss potential of other PV-powered vehicles such as ships, planes, trains and other small vehicles, if any, as options.


Subtask 2: PV-powered Applications for Electric Systems and Infrastructures

  • Identify requirements, barriers, and solutions for PV-powered infrastructure charging stations
  • Clarify the feasibility conditions: technicity, (sub)urban implantation
  • Identify new services associated with the PV powered charging stations
  • Study the societal impact and the social acceptance of new services
  • Clarify contributions and benefits by PV-powered infrastructure, and to compare them to using PV electricity not produced at the site


Subtask 3: Potential Contribution of PV in Transport

  • R&D scenario of PV-powered vehicles and applications
  • Deployment scenario of PV-powered vehicles and applications
  • Possible contribution to energy and environmental issues
  • Social and business models


Subtask 4: Dissemination

  • Technical reports based on proposed activities
  • Task 17 brochure
  • Webinars and conference presentations
  • Workshop with stakeholders



The IEA PVPS Task 17 starts in 2018 and will go on for three years. Therefore no publications are available at the moment.