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Vision

The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) envisions a world with 100% renewable electricity supply where electricity is accessible to all and where electricity makes major inroads into satisfying final energy demand for living including communications, transport, efficient heating and even fuels. Buildings will increasingly become places of energy generation as well as consumption. Thanks to the ubiquitous availability of sunlight, the technology’s modularity and continuous cost reductions, solar photovoltaics (PV) can be the largest source of electricity worldwide by 2040.


Europe will participate in the coming boom in demand by manufacturing and exporting advanced, high-quality PV technology at a significant scale, and this will generate significant wealth for the continent. Furthermore, deployment of PV technology will enhance energy security. This will be true in Europe, as in countries across the world.

Mission Statement

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.

Context

ETIP PV is anchored in the SET Plan and Energy Union and its Terms of Reference concord with the EC’s strategy for PV as expressed in these EU initiatives. ETIP PV has supported and will continue to SET Plan activities focused on raising the profile of PV or on helping policymakers to craft legislation or tailor research programmes to optimally support it. We have supported the merger of the EU PV Technology Platform and Solar Europe Industrial Initiative - PV into this new entity, ETIP PV, in which due attention will be given to industry’s point of view.

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.