SolarPACES is an IEA Technology Collaborative Programme (TCP). As such, it has a structure similar to the more than 60 TCP programs currently operating through the IEA. Each of them reflect the need to efficiently coordinate between international organisations and bodies. Programmes are carried out under the framework of an Implementing Agreement, signed by contracting parties to the agreement – these include government agencies and government-designated entities of the countries involved.
Technology Collaborative Programmes offer the framework for collaborative research projects. Benefits include pooled resources and shared costs, harmonisation of standards and hedging of technical risks.
Tasks Annexes of the IEA SolarPACES Technology Collaborative Programme
Within SolarPACES, individual research, development and demonstration projects are organised within related Tasks. There are six IEA TCP tasks currently being undertaken by the SolarPACES Programme: