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Actual execution of the Implementation Plan for Photovoltaics and monitoring the Implementation Plan’s delivery

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PV Impact (Actual execution of the Implementation Plan for Photovoltaics and monitoring the Implementation Plan’s delivery)

Reporting period: 2019-04-01 to 2020-09-30

PV Impact’s overall objective is to offer “support to the execution/realisation of a SET Plan Implementation Plan”, hence the project functions in a way that supports IWG-PV and pursues monitoring of the status of PV projects (at portfolio level) and technology. The European Commission, and many in the PV research community in Europe, want to see the SET Plan Implementation Plan influence not only Horizon Europe spending but the spending directly controlled by SET Plan countries and industry. Ideally, countries will create new possibilities outside of H2020/Horizon Europe to fund transnational research and innovation work in the areas listed in it. However, galvanising SET Plan country administrations ‘top-down’ is not the direct aim of PV Impact – that is the prerogative of IWG-PV. This project therefore complements that work by focusing on the private sector, because it is companies that make things or offer services. The rest of the innovation community (e.g. research centres and universities, consultants) is there to help them prosper. As industry’s willingness to invest determines the health of the rest of the ecosystem, PV Impact´s goal is to try to act there. Companies can support the Implan by working on projects with entirely private money or by accepting some form of public subsidy. They might work on projects alone or collaboratively. PV Impact stimulates the emergence of industrial projects that are conducted as collaborations, or dialogue between companies to create sound R&D strategies.

PV Impact is trying out a variety of approaches to stimulate the private sector to spend more on PV research, development and innovation in Europe. The part of the project focuses on inviting companies to matchmaking events (Component 1) so they can make new connections and find partners with whom to work on their plans. The project also targets two specific industrial companies (Component 2): one, ENEL Green Power, trying to make progress on the Implementation Plan by coordinating the many different PV actors in Italy; the other, Photowatt, working mostly privately but tap the consortium's expertise and those of scientists whom it selects to help it make the right strategic technical choices to be a serious competitor in PV manufacturing. Another important part of the project is to monitor progress in PV (Component 3). Data are being collected on public spending in the EU, on private spending, on the kinds of projects being funded and on the overall performance of PV technology. Forecasts for future spending are to be made according to various scenarios. The project tracks whether improvements in the performance of technology are keeping pace with expectations. It also makes recommendations to European funding authorities on how they can play their part in putting European PV technology back the top of the class if it is falling behind.

The PV Impact project is established on the ambition to try out a variety of approaches to stimulate the private sector to spend more on PV research, development and innovation in Europe. Specific objectives include:
1. Promote the execution of the SET Plan Implementation Plan on PV, cross-fertilisation and technology transfer
3. Monitor the research being done in PV
4. Provide knowledge for policymakers
Good progress has been made towards the overall objectives during the first period of the project. The steps taken to reach this point have followed the original work plan, with key actions including:
- Organising a number of matchmaking events between PV companies active in technology development (primarily) and some public-sector research organisations, organised per Implan ‘Activity’
- Adapting to the current situation by setting up virtual matchmaking events and modifying mentoring support according to winning participants´ current needs
- Facilitating discussion within Italian PV R&I community for preparation of full project proposals on Industrial PV and BIPV/PIPV, as well as creation of 'A Strategic Plan for Research and Innovation to Relaunch the Italian Photovoltaic Sector and Contribute to the Targets of the National Energy and Climate Plan'
- Mapping of Italian PV R&I facilities, presenting consortia participating in RD&I actions coherent with objectives of the Implan and total funds invested in these actions
- Organisation of the first Scientific & Technical meeting to further the execution of Photowatt´s medium-term R&D plan in relation to several potential targeted objectives of the PV Implan
- Enabling access of Photowatt´s cells production line facilities to external users
- Setting-up an online database of European, national and transnational PV RD&I projects
- Setting-up of structured communication channel for information exchange with the IWG-PV
- Supporting IWG-PV´s SET Plan 2020 reporting exercise by reporting on ongoing projects
- Update of Key Performance Indicators and targets for PV to assess the progress of the Implementation Plan PV presented to the IWG-PV
- Discussion with other JA-2 projects to foster collaboration and joint approach to common challenges
- Providing insights on collecting data on Competitiveness for specific segments of the PV value chain to DG ENER for their preparation of an assessment of the competitiveness of RES technologies – CETTIR Report
- Methodical communication and dissemination of activities and results via website, social media, press releases and other available channels
"In summary, all impacts are well underway and on course to be achieved by the end of the project. PV Impact activities have already had impact beyond the current state of the art:

1) Promoting the execution of the SET Plan Implementation Plan on PV:
- organisation of matchmaking events for PV R&D stakeholders in line with the activities and priorities of the PV Implan to create a unique networking environment for PV stakeholders to create connections beyond their usual networking bubble and support (via tailored mentoring) the submission of funding applications for R&D projects;
- the established interactions between R&I stakeholders in Italy, mapping the research projects and research facilities devoted to PV R&I throughout the country and preparation of ""A Strategic Plan for Research and Innovation to Relaunch the Italian Photovoltaic Sector and Contribute to the Targets of the National Energy and Climate Plan"" to help Italian stakeholders realise the PV Implan efficiently is already well underway driving the progress towards achieving Impan priorities in Italy;
- Photowatt is progressing with its medium-term R&D plan in relation to several potential targeted objectives of the PV Implan and opened, on a commercial basis, it´s industrial infrastructure and expertise to third parties to foster collaborative R&D in order to turn PV objectives into a concrete reality;
2) Monitoring the research being done in PV:
- agreed framework on measuring impact and progress of PV via metrics and KPIs with the IWG-PV
- ongoing collection of data on the financial contributions from private and public sources at national level for the execution of the Implementation’s R&I activities;
- launch of online database of PV stakeholders and projects;
3) Providing knowledge for policymakers:
- providing insights on collecting data on Competitiveness for specific segments of the PV value chain to DG ENER for their preparation of an assessment of the competitiveness of RES technologies – CETTIR Report"