The goals of the PVPS - program are: „To enhance the
international collaboration efforts through which photovoltaic solar
energy becomes a significant renewable energy source in the near
future.“ The international and world-wide established research program
is divided in Tasks with specific objectives:
- To enhance the architectural quality, the technical quality and economic viability of PV systems in the built environment
- To achieve large-scale applications of grid-connected photovoltaics in the built environment
- To promote and facilitate the exchange and dissemination of
information on the technical, economic, environmental and social aspects
- To provide PV experts and other target groups with suitable
information on the operational performance, long-term reliability and
sizing of PV systems and subsystems
Photovoltaics is the innovative technology for producing solar
electricity and can be perfectly integrated into the built environment.
Hardly any other technology represents such a trend-setting and
environmental compatible way in the building industry. As an integral
part of the building structure, PV systems have to be included already
in the early planning phase.. Besides roof integration, PV - systems
are more and more used as electricity producing facade components, as
shading devices and many other applications. PV - components represent
modern building design and offer numerous aesthetically possibilities
The goals of the research program of the international energy agency
can be complementary combined with benefits for the national building
- Setting up a global and trend setting research network for photovoltaics in new buildings.
- Dissemination of the results of international research to make up-to date solar technologies and components exploitable by the Austrian building industry.
- Austrian researches, economists and politicians gain access to the most recent developments to initiate world wide co-operation partnerships.
- Strengthening the national R&D competence in the strongly expanding field of building integrated solar systems.
- Using synergies of actual national and international R&D activities.
- Disseminating know-how in the field of building integration and design among all relevant sectors and professional groups.
- Including economical and architectural interests
directly into the work plan for the upcoming IEA PVPS Task 10
”Large-scale applications of grid-connected photovoltaics in the built
Partners of the Network are: R&D experts, architects, planners, companies as well as associations of the building and solar industry.
Target groups of the network are: The building and
solar industry, architects and energy guilds, administration, R&D
institutes, local and regional decision makers, energy and environment
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The IEA-PVPS.net’s partners form a “Solar Network of Excellence” with the intention:
- to transfer the Know–how of the network partners to the target groups,
- to open the market for all relevant sectors and professional groups,
- to guide the development process towards standardised PV systems and components
- to promote the extensive market development through public relations and events.
Intensive exchange of knowledge and experience beyond the sector
borders, adaptation of international research contents and results
(CD-ROMs, Flyer or other publications and tools) for the home market,
integration and evaluation of international research documents for the
home market, summary of the most important results of presentations for
a broad circle of interested people and the preparation of a general
Creation of a model for economical calculation of building integrated
PV systems: Presentation in the Internet and CD-ROMs allow a general
use of the model; online announcements to all relevant professionals
via newsletters, Reduction of the asymmetry of existing market
information and therefore reducing the transaction costs.
Guaranteeing high product quality and reducing the transaction costs by
including the inputs of network partners regarding tests for PV systems
and components into the international harmonising activities of the
relevant Standardisation committees.
Disseminating marketing strategies for an extensive market development
of building integrated PV – systems; offering active guidance for
future Austrian PV - research focus points.