National Survey Reports of PV Power Applications 2017

The National Survey Reports (NSR) for the year 2017 from Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France and Japan 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. Principally, the objective of Task 1 of the IEA PVPS (International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme) is to promote and facilitate the exchange and dissemination of information on the technical, economic, environmental and social aspects of PV power systems. A foremost output of Task 1 is the annual “Trends in Photovoltaic Applications” report. Information from The National Survey Reports for the year 2017, produced parallelly by each Task 1 participant will be used as input to the annual Trends in photovoltaic applications report. The National Survey Reports for the year 2017 are available here.  More latest news.

IEA PVPS at the 35th EU PVSEC 2018 in Brussels

Attracting over 2,000 participants, the 35th EU PVSEC 2018 was the largest scientific conference in the field of photovoltaic solar energy this year, with more than 80 participating countries from all over the world. Almost 1,000 presentations were made to the audience during its five days. To read more click here. IEA PVPS Task 15, Task 1 and Task 17 in cooperation with Becquerel Institute, IRENA and The Zuyd Research Centres complemented the conference programme as co-organizers of parallel events, discussing trends in PV Development, PV for Transport (supporting the Solar Mobility Forum) and BIPV – bridging the gap between PV industry supply and construction industry demand. For full program and speakers presentations click here.

PV for Transport: a logical evolution

The decrease of PV system prices is now becoming so visible that it starts to influence decisions in the energy sector. With the cost of PV electricity going below 0,02 USD/kWh in extremely sunny locations, PV will become in the coming years the cheapest energy (and not only electricity) source of electricity for new plants. This already starts to influence energy consumption sectors such as the building and transport sector. The shift towards electricity for heating and transport materializes already the need for cleaner energy but it hasn’t yet incorporated the PV-effect. With cheap PV electricity available at mid-day (or later thanks to cheaper-than-ever storage), the pressure to use that available energy will grow in the coming years. It can be expected that the shift to electricity will be at least accelerated and most probably significantly driven by the progresses in PV deployment.

In addition, the need for flexibility that PV creates will also drive this energy shift: buildings and  transport will provide a source of flexibility that the sole electric load could hardly provide today. In that sense, PV integration in the electricity system at large will benefit significantly from these two sectors.

While the question of PV for buildings has been studied within IEA-PVPS for years (and decades), the question of transport is relatively new. The former Task 8 focused at system level on the need for such a transition but no research task ever considered how PV and Transport could be significantly intertwined and how PV could become the driver of the energy revolution in the transport sector.

Embedding high-efficiency PV in electric vehicles will increase their range and open a wide set of opportunities for new business models. Light-weight autonomous vehicles could see a large part of their energy consumption being provided by PV in sunny locations. Trains, trucks and more diverse transport vehicles could already benefit from PV as an additional sources of energy. But the complete integration of transport can also be seen as one piece of the distributed smart-grid evolution in which PV will be a key component. Batteries-on-wheels displacing PV electricity could become an essential part of a PV-driven electricity system.

Novel ideas often seem strange at first sight. They hurt conventional wisdom and incumbent’s habits. With less than 2% of the global electricity demand today provided by PV, looking at the future of transport (or buildings) through the sole PV perspective could surprise. That’s a good reason for IEA-PVPS to embrace the subject and research business models and applicability.

For more information on next workshops on PV for Transport, go to the "Events" page of our website.

Publication of the National Survey Reports

National Survey Reports (NSR) are coming in this year again. They represent the best comprehensive summary of PV policies, market development and industry data in key PV countries which are participating to the IEA PVPS program. They represent a source of reliable information for researchers, policymakers, energy experts or anyone interested in PV development.

For more than 20 years, they have been highlighting the constant change of policies and expectations from PV. Now, with a PV market above the 75 GW mark a year, the NSRs highlight the evolution towards becoming a mainstream energy source, and the constraints attached.

Find all recent and older NSRs here.

Snapshot of Global PV Markets 2017

The PV market grew in 2016 from around 50 GW to more than 75 GW, a growth unseen for years and mostly driven by China, the USA and India. The 5th edition of the “Snapshot of Global PV Markets” highlights the key features of PV development in IEA PVPS countries and globally, based on sound data sources and expertise from the IEA PVPS network.

The key aspects of PV development in 2016 were linked to the unbalanced global growth of the PV markets. While the growth in 2015 was driven by all regions, 2016 saw some countries or regions declining (Japan, Europe) whereas others were compensating (China, USA, India). The rest of the world experienced almost no growth, which can create new challenges for PV development in the coming years.

The report consists in a first sound assessment of global PV markets, while official figures won’t be known for sure before Q3 or even later. It highlights the main developments and the most important evolutions seen in the PV markets in 2016 and paves the way for a better understanding of the future.

The "Snapshot of Global PV Markets" can be downloaded here.

View the official press release here.

Official launch of the new IEA-PVPS website

PV develops and information evolves. For more than 20 years, IEA PVPS provides sound, reliable and professional information about key topics related to PV development. Based on state of the art research, more than 100 experts from 25 countries in all fields as well as the support from the International Energy Agency, IEA PVPS publishes technical and economic reports, organizes conferences and workshops on all continents.

The amount of published information has grown significantly in the last years and required some evolutions in the way IEA PVPS communicates with its stakeholders and the entire PV community. Next to social networks, a revamped newsletter, dozens of conferences organized everywhere, this new IEA PVPS website eases the access to information for researchers, policy makers and everyone interested in PV development.