The main objectives of the PV Secretariat for the Technology Platform are to provide organisational support within this activity. The activity includes the general administrative co-ordination and organisation of meetings to create the proper environment t o ensure the execution of the work within framework of the Technology platform. This involves also the information and communication via a dedicated website and regular newsletters to be distributed to the stakeholders. This ensures an information flow, wh ich keeps all stakeholders informed about the key activities going on in the PV sector. An Information and Communication Centre for PV Technology Platform will be established. The information and communication flow between Steering Committee, Advisory Co uncil Group and Working Groups is essential and has to be organized. For the support of the PVTP and PV TRAC it is important that an efficient information system is in place. The IT support will include the provision of an electronic communication and doc ument handling system via an internet homepage. Training and education activities of the PV Technology Platform will be supported by preparing conferences (mainly for dissemination activities), seminars and workshops (for specific targets). The Strategic Research Agenda will be supported by the Secretariat. In order to ensure wide dissemination, relevant documents such as publications which support the SRA (e.g. R&D Roadmap) will be compiled, updated and publicised. The PV Technology Platform needs t o be informed about the development of PV in non-EU countries including developing countries and China. Therefore the Secretariat will gather information and provide well-defined market concepts for non-EU countries. The same efforts (information collecti on, monitoring, reports, workshop organisation, dissemination) will be conducted for standardisation and regulation issues, including quality assurance.
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