EU PVSEC Programme Online
EU PVSEC 2020, 7 - 11 September 2020
Presentation: 7EO.3.3 Bottom-Up Analysis of Future PV System Cost Development
Type: Oral
Date: Friday, 11th September 2020
08:30 - 10:00
Author(s): E. Vartiainen, G. Masson, C. Breyer, D. Moser, E. Román Medina, E. Bosch, P. Macé
Presenter / Speaker: E. Vartiainen, Fortum Growth, Fortum, Finland
Event: Conference Conference
Session: 7EO.3 Costs, Economics, Finance and Markets
Type(s) of Access:  Conference Registration
Topic: 7. 1 Costs, Economics, Finance and Markets
Keywords: Cost Reduction, PV System, PV Economics, PV Module
Summary / Abstract: Solar photovoltaics (PV) is already the cheapest form of new electricity generation almost all over the world. PV system prices are still expected to decrease by about 60% from 2020 to 2050. PV system and module price reduction is usually projected by applying historical learning rates (LR) on the main cost components. In this study, a detailed bottom-up analysis showed that the future PV module LR is likely to be close to the long-term historical average of 23.5% whereas it has been about 40% for the past decade. Module and cell efficiency is by far the most important cost component and it will cover about half of the future price reduction. Efficiency improvement will also decrease Balance of System (BoS) cost, Operational Expenditure (OPEX) and Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE).