Europe Launches Solar Power Catapult

December 17, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Under the auspices of the 6th Framework Program of the European Commission (EC), a new effort has been launched by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) to greatly improve the use and market outlook for solar photovoltaics (PV) in Europe. Dubbed the PV Catapult, the program will coordinate activities within the PV industry, and will run over two years and will involve more than 70 partners from the European industry, the research community and other major stakeholders of the PV sector. The main areas of work that will be developed are: Design alternative strategies for European PV sector according to the main stakes for the industry; Facilitate the transfer of results from the European Research to the European PV Industry; Determine PV market potentials and develop a roadmap; Engage the construction sector to enhance uptake of PV; Address socio-economic and financial issues relevant to the PV sector; Identify opportunities and barriers in a changing European market; Identify opportunities and barriers in export markets; Work on measurements standards and prediction of the performance of PV modules; Cross-Fertilize and disseminate results to the whole sector.

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