Austrian PV industry calls for research initiative

Public expenditure on PV research in Austria 2011 to 2021 (values for 2020 and 2021 are estimates of the Photovoltaic Technology Platform)

The Austrian PV industry association Photovoltaic Austria and the "Technology Platform Photovoltaics" (TPPV) call for a »broad-based photovoltaic research initiative« in Austria. At a press conference on Monday (April 26), representatives of the Austrian solar industry presented figures showing that available funding for PV research fell from around €11 million in 2016 to just €4 million in the current year. This means that »internationally recognized researchers and the necessary infrastructure are in danger of leaving,« said Hubert Fechner, head of the Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and chairman of the TPPV. According to the TPPV, the country could create at least 60,000 jobs by 2030 »through innovative PV solutions, especially in the area of integration and dual use in the building, transport and agricultural sectors« and also »thousands more« in the area of electricity storage.
TPPV and Photovoltaic Austria are therefore calling on the Austrian federal government to provide significantly more funding, especially in the market segments of building integration, integration into the energy system (e.g. energy communities), mobility (noise protection, railroad lines, roads and traffic areas) and agriculture (Agri-PV and floating photovoltaics). A funding volume of €40 million to €60 million per year would be required for this »in the start-up phase«.

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