IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems (PVPS)

The approximately 250 experts involved in the currently 8 active tasks carry out various joint application-oriented projects for photovoltaics. The Importance of Photovoltaics for the decarbonisation of the Energy system has grown massively in recent years due to the significant decline in costs. With currently 26 participating countries and some associations, a broad international exchange of experience is possible in this research program.

Short Description

The "Photovoltaic Power Systems Program" is the world's largest research platform in the field of photovoltaics. Coordinated within the framework of the International Energy Agency as one of the "Technology Collaboration Programs" (TCP) in the area of ​​the "Renewable Energy Working Party", it has been providing a platform for applied research activities and market introduction strategies for photovoltaics for more than 25 years.

The main focus of the 2018-2022 strategy will be on the systemic role of photovoltaics in the energy system; PV in buildings, in transport but also the question of electricity grids with a high share of photovoltaic power generation are the focus. Research activities on reliability, safety and environmental compatibility are continued.

The IEA PVPS mission was last revised in the strategy process 2012 and is still valid today:

To enhance the international collaborative effort which facilitates the role of photovoltaic solar energy as a cornerstone in the transition to sustainable energy systems.

Ongoing Tasks with Austrian participation

Concluded Tasks

  • Task 2: Performance, Reliability and Analysis of Photovoltaic Systems
  • Task 3: Use of photovoltaic power systems in stand-alone and island applications
  • Task 5: Grid interconnection of building integrated and other dispersed photovoltaic systems
  • Task 6: Design and operation of modular photovoltaic plants for large scale power generation
  • Task 7: Photovoltaic power systems in the built environment
  • Task 8: Very large PV
  • Task 10: Urban-scale grid-connected PV applications.
  • Task 11: PV-Hybrid-Systems

Publications

Publications are available on the German part of the website.

Participants

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, SolarPower Europe, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, International Copper Association, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States

Contact Address

Österreichische Technologieplattform Photovoltaik und FH Technikum Wien
Hubert Fechner
Mariahilferstrasse 37-39
A-1060 Wien
Tel.: +43 (664) 619 25 72
E-mail: h.fechner@tppv.at
Web: www.tppv.at; www.pvaustria.at