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IEA PVPS-annual report 2013


The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme IEA PVPS is pleased to present its 2013 annual report.
2013 has been a turning point in many aspects for the global development of photovoltaics: On the one
hand, the rapid cost reduction of photovoltaic power systems of the last years has continued throughout
the year, but at a slower pace. At the same time market support has become more constrained in a number
of countries, namely in Europe. On the other hand, markets in Asia and the USA have continued to grow
vigorously. Together with the increasing cost-competitiveness of photovoltaics, the worldwide market has
reached a new maximum with close to 38 GW installed in 2013, well above the roughly 30 GW of 2012.
Asia has seen a larger market than Europe for the first time. Close to 140 GW of photovoltaic systems
were installed worldwide at the end of 2013, enough to cover roughly 1 % of the global electricity supply.
Together with this upswing of the market, the photovoltaic industry is seen to grow again, following
a painful period of consolidation.

As a leading and unique network of expertise, IEA PVPS has the mission to cooperate on a global level in
this rapidly evolving technology area. Working on both technical and non-technical issues, IEA PVPS
undertakes key collaborative projects related to technology and performance assessment, cost reduction,
best practice in various applications, rapid deployment of photovoltaics and key issues such as grid
integration and environmental aspects. Providing high-quality information about relevant developments
in the photovoltaic sector as well as policy advice to our key stakeholders remain our highest priorities. Due
to the increasing recognition of photovoltaics as an important future energy technology, the interest in
the work performed within IEA PVPS is constantly expanding. Throughout 2013, IEA PVPS has been in close
contact with the IEA Secretariat, thereby contributing to the latest IEA publications.
2013 marked the first year of the 5th 5-year term of IEA PVPS, covering the period of 2013 – 2017.
In this new 5-year term, the focus and the activities of the IEA PVPS Programme move closer to market
related issues, both technical and non-technical, capitalizing on the many experiences meanwhile available
and striving for a further sustainable development and implementation of photovoltaic technology. While
continuing to foster the key issues for the deployment of photovoltaics mentioned above, the new term of
IEA PVPS is further characterized by an increasing focus on business models, sustainable policy frameworks
as well as technical and market related integration of photovoltaics in the electricity system.
Interest and outreach for new membership within IEA PVPS continued in 2013. The Copper Alliance has
joined IEA PVPS as the 28th member, thereby introducing a new industrial dimension to our membership.
I welcome the Copper Alliance as the most recent IEA PVPS member and look forward to a long and fruitful
cooperation. The PVPS membership of Thailand will finally materialize in 2014. Contacts have continued
with Greece, India, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa as well as with EPRI (Electric Power
Research Institute USA) and ECREEE (ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency).
IEA PVPS continues to cover the majority of countries active in development, production and installation
of photovoltaic power systems.

The overall communication efforts were continued through systematic distribution of PVPS products at
conferences, workshops and by means of direct mailings. Communication was further supported by the PVPS
website Moreover, booths and workshops at the industry exhibition of the 28th European
Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Paris (France), Solar Power International in Chicago, Illinois (USA), as
well as the 23rd International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference PVSEC-23 in Taipei (Taiwan),
attracted a large number of visitors and provided an excellent forum for dissemination purposes.
The detailed outcomes of the different PVPS projects are given in the Task reports of this annual report and
all publications can be found at the PVPS website. Several of the more recent IEA PVPS Tasks have produced
important new publications. The current status of photovoltaics in the PVPS member countries is described
within the country section of this annual report.

A number of Executive Committee members have left us during the year, heading for new responsibilities
or horizons. I would like to thank them for their strong support and valuable contributions. Following many
years of managing successfully our Task 1, Greg Watt from Australia has been succeeded by Gaëtan Masson
from Belgium. I would like to thank Greg Watt for his continued efforts and wish Gaëtan Masson success
in his new responsibilities. With this, I take the opportunity to thank all Executive Committee members,
Operating Agents and Task Experts, for their dedicated efforts and contributions to IEA PVPS.
Stefan Nowak

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