PV IMPACT: connecting the market to stimulate PV innovation



11 industrial companies and research organizations met in Brussels on 17 April 2019 to kick off the activities of the PV IMPACT project, a new H2020 Coordination and Support Action. Running until March 2022, PV IMPACT will provide support for the execution of the PV Implementation Plan produced by the SET Plan Temporary Working Group (IWG-PV), that was endorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group in November 2017.

The project, coordinated by EUREC (Belgium), will try out a variety of approaches to stimulate the private sector to spend more on PV research, development and innovation in Europe. Companies can support the Implementation Plan by working on projects with entirely private budget or by accepting some form of public subsidy, both individually or collaboratively.

The first part of the project will focus on inviting companies to matchmaking events so they can make new connections and find partners with whom to work on their plans.

The project will also target two specific industrial companies:

  • ENEL Green Power will try to make progress on the Implementation Plan by coordinating the many different PV actors in Italy;
  • Photowatt will support start-ups and other companies aiming to achieve the objectives of the PV implementation Plan and, at the same time, will use the consortium’s expertise to enhance its industrial business competitiveness with the goal to provide highly reliable and low CO2 solar modules to the market.

Another important part of the project is to monitor progress in PV technology.

Data will first be collected regarding public spending in the EU, private spending, the kinds of projects being funded and the overall performance of PV technology. Then forecasts for future spending will be made according to various scenarios. The project will track whether improvements in the performance of technology are keeping pace with expectations and will make recommendations to European funding authorities on how they can play their part in supporting European PV technology.

PV IMPACT Partners: