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Renewable electricity is expected to become a cornerstone of our future sustainable, climate-neutral energy system. It could become the ‘primary fuel of the future’, serving most of our electricity needs.  

Through electrification, renewable electricity could power heating and cooling in urban environments and industry, transport and mobility, and in some parts of the world, desalination (often summarised as Power-to-X (P2X)).  

Therefore, renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies with photovoltaic (PV) solar energy as a prominent component, are drivers of the energy transition and will play a key role in achieving the European Green Deal targets.  

Moreover, the industry sectors related to these technologies are considered value chains of strategic importance for Europe. They offer great opportunities for job creation, contributing to the economy and the EU’s recovery plan.  

The work of the Implementation Working Group on photovoltaics (PV working group) focuses on strengthening and rebuilding European technological leadership in the sector by pursuing high-performance PV technologies and integrating them into the EU energy system. It also aims to further reduce the levelized cost of electricity from PV rapidly, and in a sustainable manner to: 

  • allow competition in electricity markets throughout Europe 
  • enable large-scale use of P2X.  

To address these aspects, the PV working group: 

  • monitors the national support for the implementation plan (IP) on PV and its progress on a technological and economical level; 
  • monitors the role of EU players; 
  • stimulates further national or European support for the IP; 
  • shares the results of activities. 

Targets and objectives

The PV working group has defined several targets to step up overall PV sector development in Europe: 

  • stronger performance of established and emerging technologies as well as of novel concepts 
  • cost reduction of key technologies at component, system and operation levels 
  • further increase lifespan, quality and sustainability of PV-related technologies, including circularity and eco-design 
  • integration of PV (physical, functional, ecological, etc.) in buildings, including technologies and manufacturing concepts for ‘mass customisation’, therefore, among other things, enabling large-scale attainment of nearly zero energy buildings 
  • major advances in (technology and solutions for) manufacturing and installation, also enabling GW-scale and high added-value production in the EU. 


The PV working group comprises representatives of EU and associated countries, industrial stakeholders, NGOs and research institutes (see table below).  

The PV working group comprises representatives of EU and associated countries, industrial stakeholders, NGOs and research institutes (see table below). The group is co-chaired by Germany and the Netherlands with the support of the European technology and innovation platform (ETIP) PV.   

If national representatives of EU and associated countries and stakeholders are interested in actively participating in the working group, they can contact the Chair.

If national representatives of EU and associated countries and stakeholders are interested in actively participating in the working group, they can contact the Chair. 


Participating countries (in alphabetical order) 




Germany (Co-Chair)


Netherlands (Co-Chair)

Norway (associated country)


Turkey (associated country) 


Factsheet3 May 2021
Factsheet on photovoltaics 2020
Strategic plan26 April 2021
Implementation plan on solar photovoltaics
Factsheet26 April 2021
Factsheet on solar photovoltaics 2019

Contact point

Chair: Christoph Hünnekes, ch [dot] huennekessatfz-juelich [dot] de (ch[dot]huennekess[at]fz-juelich[dot]de) 

Co-Chair: Wim Sinke, wim [dot] sinkeattno [dot] nl (wim[dot]sinke[at]tno[dot]nl)