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The International Energy Agency (IEA), founded in 1974, is an autonomous body within the framework of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Technology Collaboration Program (TCP) was created with a belief that the future of energy security and sustainability starts with global collaboration. The programme is made up of thousands of experts across government, academia, and industry dedicated to advancing common research and the application of specific energy technologies.
2019 has seen many changes in the PV market and industry, and IEA PVPS has followed-up with new activities, publications, and a new visual identity. A modernized logo, connecting the sun and PV technology, which allows the IEA PVPS to look at the massification and diversification of the PV market. With more than 103 GW installed in 2018 and half a TW of installed capacity globally, PV is not anymore the niche market it used to be 15 years ago: it now fully embraces the energy transition and paves the way for a cleaner future. 2019 has seen plenty of new reports produced, including the conclusion of the first phase of the Task 15 dedicated to BIPV. It has also seen the creation of the new Task 18 on off-grid and edge-of-the-grid applications, a continuation of activities which started with Task 3, 9 and 11 since the very beginning of the programme in 1993. Among research results, one draws the attention: the Task 1 “Trends of PV Applications”, published for the 24th time, highlighted the contribution of PV to saving CO2 emissions. With the installed capacity at the end of the year 2018, PV saved 600 million Tons of CO2eq globally, a share higher than the share of PV in the power mix, showing that PV already offers a workable, clean and competitive solution to solving the climate change threat.

We wish you all a clean, peaceful and prosperous end of year 2019!

Trends 2019 in Photovoltaic Applications

The new 2019 edition of the IEA PVPS report Trends in Photovoltaic Applications is now available. This edition browses 24 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. Visit the Trends page and find the 24 editions of the report.

The publication is available here.

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.  

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 the 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

The Annual Report 2018 summarizes the actions of member countries and the activities in all research programs (tasks). According to the 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 here.

Upcoming events

Task 13 | Performance, Operation and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems 

IEA-PVPS will also organize workshops during the following international events:

IEA-PVPS Task 18

The IEA PVPS Task 18 started in 2019 and will go on for three years, it will deal with off-grid electrical systems and edge-of-grid electrical systems which include photovoltaics. This Task is the logical continuity of Task 9 and 11 reflecting the evolution of the PV market. Follow the upcoming activities here

Recent events
PVSEC29 conference, 4 November, Xi’an, China

Mrs. Lv Fang, Task 1 representative of China, received the PVSEC "Special Award" which is awarded to a person or group who has been contributing actively to the growth of the PV Industry.

Webinar Task 1 on the Trends 2019 report, 4 December, Copper Alliance platform
The IEA PVPS Task 1 operating agents, Izumi Kaizuka and Gaëtan Masson co-organized a webinar on the key drivers of the PV market and industry based on the Trends report 2019 to discuss the first results.
Slides and webinar recording are available here.

EUPVSEC 2019, 9 to 12 september, Marseille, France

Task 1 | Trends in PV Development – Self-consumption and Innovative Distributed Applications

While distributed PV represented one-third of global PV installations in 2018, it is poised to develop fast in the coming years under new policies and adequate regulatory frameworks. Self-consumption policies are evolving towards more complex and decentralized regulations allowing collective and virtual self-consumption, while innovative business models allow to rethink electricity production and consumption.
This event discussed the development of the PV market and the impact of policies on the speed at which PV could develop. Will policies continue to shape the market and especially long-term targets? How are self-consumption policies developing and what does that mean for the energy transition? Are electricity markets adapted?

As an official event of the EU PVSEC 2019, this PVPS Programme Workshop was jointly organized by IEA - International Energy Agency and the EU PVSEC. Partners: SET-Plan Action 4, Self-Consumption Initiative, PVProsumer4Grid Horizon2020 Project.

Programme & slides

Task 12 | Eco-Design, Eco Labeling, Green Public Procurement – Sustainability Leadership for the Terawatt Age

The preparatory study of the European Commission on Eco-Design, Eco-Labeling, Green Public Procurement and Energy Labeling for PV modules, inverters and PV systems has been concluded mid-2019 with policy recommendations for sustainable product policies for these components.

At the same time, the International Sustainability Leadership Standard for PV Modules and Inverters (NSF457) was finalized and form the basis for an EPEAT listing of these components and an international eco-label as well as Green Public Procurement rules for PV modules and inverters, potentially applicable in 33+ countries globally.

The parallel event provided an overview of these policy developments and give perspectives from the industry, procurement and customer side on proposed policy measures as well as lining out the potential effects these would have on product developments and industrial policy in the European Union.
What will be the effect of potential policy measures in the EU and how can those be streamlined with the international sustainability leadership standard and discussions around the taxonomy for sustainable finance?

Programme & Slides 

Task 13 | Innovations in Photovoltaic Materials

As a parallel event of the EU PVSEC 2019, the Workshop “Innovations in Photovoltaic Materials” organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) Task 13, will present ideas, concepts, and results from a global set of researchers aiming to both reduce cost and improve the performance and reliability of PV modules and systems by using new materials.

Programme & Slides 

Task 15 | BIPV – Moving into the Next Phase

In 2015, the IEA PVPS Task 15 collaboration started, focusing on the creation of an enabling framework for the acceleration of BIPV. Together with a number of other international research collaboration, such as ETIP WG, these collaborations have contributed to the international uptake of BIPV. In 2019, the first phase of IEA PVPS Task 15 will come to an end and a second phase is in development. In this parallel event, the results of the international collaboration in IEA PVPS Task 15 and the ongoing and future collaboration within ETIP will be presented, and the concept of the second phase of IEA PVPS Task 15 will be discussed, giving insight in the status quo of international collaboration in the field of BIPV, and input to answering the question: “What should be the future steps of international collaboration in the field of BIPV?”

Programme & Slides

Task 16 | Probabilistic PV Production Forecasts – Technics and Use-Cases
The workshop will give an introduction into probabilistic forecasts for solar energy, shows some examples of existing forecasts and how to implement them.

Programme & Slides


IEEE PVSC, 18th June, Chicago, USA

Task 1 | Grid Costs, Barriers or Drivers
Costs of solar electricity have fallen so rapidly that new markets, applications, and business models are being unlocked faster than is generally realized. With the increase of variable renewable energy and distributed generation, the cost for the grid has been discussed. This event discussed the development of the PV market and discussed the various issues related to grid-cost in terms of economical view for self-consumption, grid design for hosting further variable electricity sources.

Programme Slides

Task 17 | PV & Transport
In order to mitigate CO2 emission in the transport sector, promoting electrified vehicles (EVs) is suggested as an effective option. Then, the mutual exploitation of PV and electrified vehicles with battery should be a key for reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector. It is expected that the potential of the PV market in the transport sector will be large and the market will be the next driving force for the further development of PV. Different approaches for ‘PV for Transport’ were discussed.

Programme Slides

Find all IEA PVPS tasks past events programs and slides here

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