IEA-PVPS-PV Power Update 38
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The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) is one of the collaborative R&D Agreements (Technology Collaboration Programmes - TCP) established within the IEA and, since its establishment in 1993, the PVPS participants have been conducting a variety of joint projects in the application of photovoltaic conversion of solar energy into electricity.


The International Energy Agency PV Power Systems Programme is proud to present you this 38th edition of its newsletter. It aims to present you new reports, information about our Tasks (research programs) and activities in general, in a revamped version that will be published twice a year.
After 23 years of existence, IEA PVPS has established itself as a reference in terms of independent and unbiased PV research and continues to provide reliable information about the PV market, industry, sustainability, quality, grid integration, BIPV, solar ressource and PV in emerging economies.

The entire IEA PVPS team wishes you a merry Christmas and a fruitful end of year 2016.

Latest Publications

The IEA PVPS published the following reports in the last year.

Trends in Photovoltaic Applications

PV installations, 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.

Solar Eclipse Management in Germany

This new report published by the Task 14 of IEA PVPS draws conclusions on how the eclipse was managed in Germany.

The report can be found here.

End-of-Life Management of PV Panels

The report projects PV panel waste volumes to 2050 and highlights the recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their lifetime. In collaboration with IRENA.

The report can be found here.

National Survey Reports 2015

National Survey Reports detail the status of PV incentives, combined with market and industry development in 2015 in the IEA PVPS countries. These NSR, together with the previous editions, can be found here.

Annual Report 2015

The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme IEA PVPS 2015 annual report. This document summarizes the actions of member countries and the activities in all research programs (tasks).

The report can be found here.

PV Self-consumption Policies

This report aims at providing a comparative analysis of existing mechanisms supporting the self-consumption of electricity in key countries.

The report can be found here.

Methodology Guidelines LCA

This 3rd edition of the Life Cycle Assessment guidelines gives guidance on parameters used in LCA and on LCI data analysis and on implementation of modeling approaches.

The report can be found here.

Guidelines on Net Energy Analysis

This report provides guidance on how to perform a Net Energy Analysis (NEA) of PV systems, quantifying their actual net energy gain.

The report can be found here.

User Guide Monitoring PV Diesel Hybrid

A simple monitoring and evaluation guideline for PV-diesel hybrid systems allows operators to understand if their system is operated correctly.

The report can be found here.

From the IEA

IEA-PVPS is a Technology Collaboration Programme of the International Energy Agency. More info.

Renewable Energy Medium-Term Market Report 2016

Visit the IEA website page dedicated to the Renewable Energy Medium-Term Market Report 2016.

The International Energy Agency Renewable Energy Medium-Term Market Report looks closely at how renewable energy in the power, heat and transportation sectors will evolve over the next five years in the face of lower fossil fuel prices. It explores recent renewable deployment and policy trends across different regions and countries, particularly as costs for wind and solar PV continue to fall.
Upcoming Events

30 March 2017 - SUSPI, Lugano, 7th PV Performance Modeling and Monitoring Workshop (Task 13)
April 2017 - Rome, Italy - PV Market Development Workshop (Task 1)
May 2017 - Intersolar Europe - Munich, Germany - Task 13 Workshop.
25-30 June 2017 - IEEE PVSEC 44 - Washington DC, USA - Task 13, Task 14, Task 15 Workshops.
25-29 September 2017, EU-PVSEC 33 - Task 1, Task 13, Task 14, Task 15 Workshops.
2 October 2017, Bern, Switzerland, Advanced Building Skins conference Session (Task 15).
13-17 November 2017 - PVSEC-27 - Shiga, Japan - Task 1, Task 13 Workshops.
To be announced

To be announced
News About PVPS Activities

New Task 16 on Solar Ressource

Jan Remund is the Operating Agent of the new Task 16 on "Solar resource for high penetration and large scale applications". This Task can be considered as the follow-on of the former IEA SHC Task 46. It will become operational in July 2017 and will continue to collaborate with IEA SHC and IEA SolarPACES.

South Africa Joins IEA PVPS

South Africa officially joined the IEA PVPS programme and is its 30th member. We all look forward to see South African experts joining the collaboration programme.

Task 1

The 21st Trends in PV Application report highlights the speed at which the PV market continues to develop but also how policies are limiting PV development. The report is available here. Task 1 is currenlty working on self-consumption policies, retroactive measures in specific countries, the effect of BIPV policies on BIPV development and more subjects related to PV market development.
The next Task 1 Experts Meeting will be held in Rome, Italy, in April 2017.

Task 9

Task 9 is currently working on the following topics highly relevant for the PV deployment in developing and emerging markets:
  • Evaluation of existing PV hybrid systems to improve operation and to draw lessons learned
  • “PV as fuel saver”: analysis of existing diesel-PV hybrid systems to assess options to increase the PV part
  • Deployment strategy for 100% Renewables in small island countries: compilation of case studies and lessons learned
  • “Mainstreaming PV related training in national training institutions framework”, draft report established, final version expected beginning 2018
  • PV development as (residential) prosumers: analysis of policy, regulatory, financial and fiscal aspects of net metering and auto-consumption
Its next meeting will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, March 13, 2017.

Task 12

Started by Task 12 almost a decade ago, the conceptual work on establishing guidelines is now yielding impacts through regulatory and standardization activities that are positively affecting the industry globally. Analogously, the Task 12 LCA Methodological Guidelines have been incorporated as the basis by which to perform LCAs of PV systems within a PV Module Sustainability Leadership Standard being developed to be an ANSI international standard. Another important area of focus of Task 12 has been on PV module recycling. Task 12 and IRENA recently published a landmark report on the current status of end-of-life management and recycling of PV modules.

The next meeting of the Task 12 will be held in Madrid, Spain (March 2017), including a joint session with Task 15.

Task 13

Task 13 is currently processing several technical reports to be published in the coming months.
  • PV Performance Modelling Methods and Practices
  • Improving Efficiency of PV Systems Using Statistical Performance Monitoring
  • Assessment of PV Module Failures in the Field
More information can be obtained from the Operating Agents of the Task 13.

Task 14

Technical reports on the following subjects are in the process of being written: Network driven demand side management in households, Do it locally: Local Reactive Power Control by Distributed Generation. In addition, the Task 14 published recently a report on how the German transmission system operators handled the 2015 solar eclipse. The task engaged in stakeholder interaction with the IEA Wind 25 and the PV community during the PVSEC-26 conference in Singapore.

Task 15
In the light of COP agreements, there is a strong need to scale up the realization of, amongst others, BIPV, to reach the set sustainability targets. During the Task 15 side event at COP22, "Acceleration of innovation adaption in the built environment" PVPS Task 15, the international initiative on sustainable built environment (iiSBE), Mc Kinsey, Morocco, and Singapore presented the necessity, market possibilities and actual cases studies of innovation adaption the built environment. In combination with COP22, Task 15 had its Task meeting at IRESEN in Morocco. The next meetings will take place in Madrid, Spain (15-17 March 2017) and Uppsala, Sweden (4-8 september 2017).
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