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PV Implementation Plan

PV Implementation Plan

The Implementation Plan describes the technological and non-technological R&I activities that need to be implemented in order to achieve the strategic targets adopted in the SET Plan Declaration of Intent (DoI) on PV, as agreed in December 2015 by the representatives of the European Commission services, representatives of the EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Turkey and Switzerland (i.e. the SET Plan Steering Group), and representatives of the SET Plan stakeholders most directly involved in the PV sector.

The DoI recognises that, building on the Integrated Roadmap of the SET Plan, public (EC and Member States/Regions) and private investment must focus on targeted R&I actions. The overarching goals are to re-build EU technological leadership in the PV sector by pursuing high-performance PV technologies and their integration in the EU energy system as well as bringing down the levelized cost of electricity from PV rapidly and in a sustainable manner to allow competition in electricity markets all over Europe.

To achieve these goals, activities targeting improvements on PV system performance, cost reduction, sustainability and innovations have to be carried out. Advances on BIPV products are expected by joint efforts between the PV and the building sectors.

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Our goal is to re-build EU technological leadership in the PV sector by pursuing high-performance PV technologies and their integration in the EU energy system as well as bringing down the levelized cost of electricity from PV rapidly and in a sustainable manner to allow competition in electricity markets all over Europe.

The PV Implementation Plan:

  • Contains a set of 6 technology-related priority activities for the future development of PV technologies and applications in Europe
  • The 6 R&I activities reflect the prioritised strategic targets defined in the SET Plan Declaration of Intent on PV
  • For each priority, ongoing R&I activities (conducted at national and/or at European level and/or by industry) have been identified which already support the strategic targets
  • Was endorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members in November 2017

The 6 R&I activities are:

  1. PV for BIPV and similar applications
  2. Technologies for silicon solar cells and modules with higher quality
  3. New technologies & materials
  4. Development of PV power plants and diagnostics
  5. Manufacturing technologies (for cSi and thin film)
  6. Cross-sectoral research at lower TRL

PV Implementation Plan



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