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IEA PVPS Task 13: Performance, Operation and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems
IEA PVPS Task 13 is the international and independent forum to exchange, discuss and disseminate information on performance and quality of photovoltaic systems and its components and materials. In its 4th operating period 2022-2025 new concepts and performance of photovoltaics in new applications and its key performance indices will be analysed. The Austrian participation guarantees the feedback of information to the Austrian stakeholders in PV industry.
IEA PVPS Task 14: High Penetration of PV Systems in Electricity Grids (working period 2010 - 2014)
The main goal of Task 14 is to promote the use of grid-connected PV as an important source in electric power systems at the higher penetration levels that may require additional efforts to integrate dispersed generators. The aim of these efforts is to reduce the technical barriers to achieving high penetration levels of distributed renewable systems.
IEA PVPS Task 14: High Penetration of PV Systems in Electricity Grids (working period 2014 - 2018)
The IEA-PVPS Task 14, led by Austria as Operating Agent, promotes the use of grid connected PV as an important source in electric power systems on a high penetration level where additional efforts may be necessary to integrate the dispersed generators in an optimum manner. In a number of case studies from the participating countries, the challenges and approaches in the field of distribution networks, system management and power electronics components were shown in an international context. The result being elaborate reports with targeted recommendations and required measures to significantly increase the share of photovoltaics in electricity grids.
IEA PVPS Task 14: Solar PV in the 100% Renewable Energy Source based Power System (working period 2018 - 2022)
IEA PVPS Task 14 aims to enhance the international collaborative efforts defining the technical base for photovoltaic solar energy as a cornerstone in the future 100% renewable energy source based electric power system.
IEA PVPS Task 15: Acceleration of BIPV
Building integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is one of the future markets for Photovoltaics which enables the combination of architecture and energy technology. The project focussed on further national research in the area of BIPV, which is to be raised to an international level.
IEA PVPS Task 15: Builiding integrated Photovoltaic (Working period 2019 - 2021)
The focal points of this Task are: Digitization of the BIPV planning processes (BIM), creation of a multifunctional evaluation matrix (ecological, economic, energetic, architectural); harmonization (construction, electrical engineering) of the pre-normative tests of BIPV elements as well as the creation of a practice-oriented guideline for the construction industry.
IEA PVPS Task 17: Photovoltaik for Transport (working period 2018 - 2021)
The IEA PVPS Task 17 focuses on the potential contributions of PV technologies to the transport sector as well as on the expected market potential of PV application in the transport sector.
IEA PVPS Task 1: PV Analysis and Outreach
Since the start of the IEA photovoltaics program in 1993, this task has carried out analyzes of worldwide photovoltaic development, from which the program's key work areas are also derived. This gives Task 1 strategic importance for the overall PVPS program. The participation of all PVPS countries in this task is mandatory to ensure high quality of data and analysis.
IEA PVPS Task 1: Strategic PV Analysis & Outreach (Working period until 2022)
This task, which is mandatory for all countries participating in the IEA-PVPS program, has been producing global reports on photovoltaic development since 1993. In addition, content-related priorities are set, or new topics and tasks are developed, which are then sent to the ExCo for decision-making. This gives Task 1 strategic importance for the overall IEA PVPS program.
IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems (PVPS)
Enhance the international collaborative efforts which facilitate the role of photovoltaic solar energy as a cornerstone in the transition to sustainable energy systems. The IEA PVPS programme aims to realise its mission through objectives related to reliable PV power system applications, contributing to sustainability in the energy system and a growing contribution to CO2 mitigation.
IEA SHC PVT Task 60: Applications of Photovoltaic/thermal (PVT) Systems and New Fields of Application and Examples of PVT
The international research collaboration IEA SHC Task 60 (Application of PVT Collectors) identified existing applications for PVT technologies and evaluated and highlighted potential system solutions where PVT technology has clear advantages over separate installation of PV modules and solar thermal collectors. In analogy, their advantages and current barriers for a broad market acceptance were highlighted.
IEA SHC Task 32: Advanced Heat Storage Concepts
IEA SHC Task 32 deals with advanced storage concepts for low energy buildings. In the project storages based on phase change materials are used in solar combisystems, in order to reduce the emissions and increase the efficiency of biomass- and gas boilers and to increase the solar fraction
IEA SHC Task 37: Advanced Housing Renovation with Solar & Conservation
Development of advanced renovation concepts for residential buildings. For the housing segments with the greatest energy saving potentials strategies for increased market penetration of advanced housing renovation are investigated. Analysing outstanding renovation projects shall lead to technically and economically robust and sustainable concepts for housing renovation.
IEA SHC Task 42/ECES Annex 29: Compact Thermal Energy Storage - Material Development for System Integration
The key accomplishments of the task are summarized in the following points: New material characterizing methods were investigated, a new standard for an improved DSC measurement method has been developed, a data base for PCM, TCM and sorption materials was developed and established, advances in the numerical modelling of materials, compact thermal storage systems were developed for different material applications, a tool for the economic evaluation of thermal energy storages has been developed. Also numerous joint R&D Projects and more than twenty publications arose from the IEA-SHC Task 42 networking activity.
IEA SHC Task 48: Quality Assurance and Support Measures for Solar Cooling
The completed IEA SHC Task 48 focused on an enhanced quality improvement and market-support measures for the technology option ‘solar thermal cooling or air-conditioning'. In cooperation with a total of 22 organizations (12 research institutes, 5 universities and 5 companies) from eight countries numerous useful reports and tools have been created to improve the quality of solar cooling systems with significant contribution of the Austrian partners.
IEA SHC Task 49/IV: Solar Process Heat for Production and Advanced Applications
IEA SHC Task 49/IV focussed ist work on important research questions on solar process heat within the three subtasks: Process heat collectors, their application, comparison and possible standarization; Process Integration and process intensification as required interlinkage between solar heat and production processes; Design Guidelines, case studies and promotion as key for market penetration.
IEA SHC Task 51: Solar Energy in Urban Planning
The focus of IEA SHC Task 51 ‚Solar Energy in Urban Planning’ has been placed on the topic of solar energy integration in urban environment. Hereby, different international examples, options and processes for planning and implementation of solar energy measures in cities throughout the world have been screened, outlined and equipped with recommendations for further development. The core outcomes of the project address different options and possibilities for optimization of planning processes, framework conditions, tools, methods and education aiming to attain more effective and timely understanding as well as integration of solar energy in urban context.
IEA SHC Task 52: Solar Thermal & Energy Economics in Urban Environments
IEA SHC Task 52 focused on the analysis of the future role of solar thermal heat in integrated urban energy systems. The potential of solar thermal applications to cover the low-temperature heat demand in future low-carbon energy systems was investigated against the background of the rapidly changing framework conditions in the energy sector. Best practice examples for the integration of solar thermal systems into urban energy systems were evaluated and documented.
IEA SHC Task 53: New Generation Solar Cooling & Heating Systems
Within the framework of the IEA SHC Task 53 'New Generation (NG) Solar Cooling & Heating Systems', solar-electric and solar-thermal air-conditioning systems were investigated. The main objective was the development and documentation of reliable and economical NG system solutions. A comprehensive comparison of different NG systems as well as the elaboration of support measures for the market launch are core results of the international cooperation.
IEA SHC Task 54: Price reduction
IEA SHC Task 54 was an interdisciplinary, collaborative project with the main focus on significant price reductions of solar thermal systems. Measures to achieve a reduction of the customer price up to 40% included simplified system designs, standardized components and cost-efficient materials and production and installation processes.