Vehicle-integrated Photovoltaics (VIPV) as a key source for electricity in road transport (ETIP PV report)

6 October 2020

The growing awareness of the global need for sustainable mobility empowers the application of new technological innovations to the road transport sector. This paper aims to give an overview of the global VIPV market, in particular, the current status and future potential of PV-powered vehicles. Additionally, it studies possible added value for users, communities and stakeholders mostly focusing on batteryoperated electric vehicles (BEVs). Other VIPV applications for solar race vehicles, as well as ships, planes, trains and other small vehicles are outlined and evaluated as well. Concentrating on different Use Cases the paper estimates the economic and environmental viability of PV from technical viewpoints. In conclusion, this paper outlines strategies for integrated research and development and clarifies the main obstructions to VIPV introduction.

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ETIP PV, of which Roch Drozdowski-Strehl (Director General of IPVF) is Vice-Chairman, is the recognized interlocutor of the European Commission, Member States and Associated Countries for photovoltaic sector specific R&I needs.

ETIP PV’s mission is in line with the priorities of the Energy Union and the SET-Plan with a focus on “renewable technologies at the heart of the new energy system” and Europe’s drive to become “renewable energy leader”. ETIP PV brings together all relevant actors in the photovoltaic sector, with cooperation agreements with Member States, Associated Countries and Commission services. Its main role is to provide consensual strategic advice on all issues relevant to advancing research and innovation (R&I) efforts.

ETIP PV includes provisions for involving representatives of interested Member States and Associated Countries, as well as working relations with relevant national/regional platforms to ensure synergies between EU, national and regional activities.

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