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What is the Platform ?

The ETIP PV’s mission is in line with the Energy Union and the SET Plan priorities with focus on “Renewable technologies at the heart of the new energy system” and Europe to become “number 1 in renewables”. ETIP PV gathers all the relevant stakeholders of the PV sector, with arrangements for cooperative discussions with member states (MS), associated countries (AC), and the Commission services. Its main role is to provide consensus-based strategic advice on all issues relevant to progressing research and innovation (R&I) efforts.

 

The ETIP PV is a continuation of the European PV Technology Platform (EU PVTP) and the Solar European Industry Initiative (SEII) in a single platform under the new SET Plan governance. It is the recognised interlocutor for the European Commission, Member States and Associated Countries about the PV sector specific R&I needs.

 

ETIP PV foresees arrangements for involving representatives of the interested Member States and Associated Countries, and working relationships with the relevant national/regional platforms to ensure synergies between EU and national and regional activities.

Scope of work

ETIP PV provides advice on photovoltaic solar energy policy. It is an independent body recognised by the European Commission and the SET Plan Steering Group as representative of the photovoltaic sector. Its recommendations may cover the areas of

  • Research and innovation
  • Market development including competitiveness
  • Education
  • Industrial policy

The focus of ETIP PV’s activities is on the opportunities and challenges facing the European photovoltaic sector. Our recommendations are made with a view to improving the competitiveness of the European PV industry, both the upstream segments (incl. feedstock supply, equipment manufacturing, cell and module production) and the downstream ones (incl. technical solutions for grid integration, market solutions for grid integration, installation).

 

Where appropriate we bring experts from neighbouring sectors into our discussions.

Composition

The ETIP PV is a non exclusive grouping of people. Steering Committee Members are nominated for a defined period after having expressed interest to be members of a working group and taking into consideration their contribution to the development of PV in Europe according to the vision of ETIP PV.

 

Where appropriate we bring experts from neighbouring sectors into our discussions.

From EU PVTP and SEII to ETIP PV

With the new governance of the SET plan in 2015 the EU PVTP and SEII have been merged into ETIP PV to continue define, support and accompany the implementation of a coherent and comprehensive strategic plan for PV. The platform mobilizes all stakeholders sharing a long-term European vision for PV, helping to ensure that Europe maintains and improves its industrial position, in order to achieve a leadership position within the global PV market.

The EU PVTP and SEII have realized a number of reference documents (European Strategic Research Agendas and Implementation Plans) for PV for the coming decade(s). In December 2015 we signed the SET-Plan Declaration on Strategic Targets in the context of an Initiative for Global Leadership in Photovoltaics and we will continue with the Implementation Plan 2020.