IEA Task 60: International PVT Experts Meet at Fraunhofer ISE

March 27, 2018

For homeowners, the limited roof area often raises the question: Electricity from photovoltaics or heat from solar thermal? Photovoltaic-thermal hybrid collectors (PVT collectors) combine both technologies in a single component. In recent years, PVT collectors have seen increased interest from industry and science, leading to new developments in innovative PVT collector and systems.

PVT collectors
© Fraunhofer ISE
Photovoltaic-thermal hybrid collectors (PVT collectors) produce electricity as well as heat.

The new IEA SHC Task 60, which was launched at the beginning of 2018, bundles the international research activities on PVT systems. On 17th and 18th May, international experts will gather for their first task meeting at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany.

Task 60 will focus on the application of PVT collectors with the aim to assess existing solutions and to develop new system solutions in which the PVT technology really offers advantages over the classical “side by side installations” of solar thermal collectors and PV modules. Energy production, competitive cost, safety and reliability of the systems are therefore in the scope of the Task. The objectives of the Task are to provide an overview on the present state-of-the- art of PVT technology worldwide, gather the results and the operating experience made with the systems in which PVT collectors are integrated, improve the testing, modeling and adequate technical characterization of PVT collectors and design system examples.

Prior to the first experts meeting of IEA SHC Task 60, Fraunhofer ISE is organizing a workshop on the current status of PVT collectors and systems, to be held on 16th May in Freiburg .
The workshop aims to give an update on recent developments in the field, provide a platform for exchange on relevant projects and R&D results, and discuss best practice examples of PVT systems. The workshop is open to the public and will be held in English.



Deadline for registration is 30th April 2018.

Further information on Task 60: