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A Strategic Research Agenda for Photovoltaic Solar Energy Technology

Funded under: FP7-ENERGY


The direct conversion of sunlight into electricity is a very elegant process to generate environmentallyfriendly, renewable energy. This branch of science is known as �photovoltaics� or �PV�. PV technology is modular, operates silently and is therefore suited to a broad range of applications and can contribute substantially to our future energy needs.
Although reliable PV systems are commercially available and widely deployed, further development of PV technology is crucial to enable PV to become a major source of electricity. The current price of PV systems is low enough for PV electricity to compete with the price of peak power in grid-connected applications and with alternatives like diesel generators in stand-alone applications, but cannot yet rival consumer or wholesale electricity prices. A drastic further reduction of turn-key system prices is therefore needed and fortunately possible. This was emphasised in the document A Vision for Photovoltaic Technology, published by the Photovoltaic Technology Research Advisory Council in 2005 and referred to frequently in this report. Further development is also required to enable the European PV industry to maintain and strengthen its position on the global market, which is highly competitive and characterised by rapid innovation.
Research and Development - �R&D� - is crucial for the advancement of PV. Performing joint research addressing well-chosen issues can play an important role in achieving the critical mass and effectiveness required to meet the sector�s ambitions for technology implementation and industry competitiveness. This led the PV Technology Platform to produce a Strategic Research Agenda to realise the �Vision� referred to above. The SRA may be used as input for defining the EU�s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (the main source of funding for collaborative research between European countries), but also to facilitate a further coordination of research programmes in and between Member States.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2007, 76 pp. free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: LB-NA-22758-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-05523-2
Record Number: 200719411 / Last updated on: 2007-09-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en