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You have now the chance to hand in a late abstract

Many thanks to all authors and co-authors who submitted an abstract for the EU PVSEC 2017!

To all those that have not yet submitted: You have the chance to hand in a late abstract.

If you wish to submit a late abstract or if you have an enquiry concerning abstract submission for EU PVSEC 2017, please find all detailed information in the "Authors' Workstation".

Message from the EU PVSEC General Chairman Professor Arno Smets

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I am honoured to host world-leading scientific solar knowledge-exchange platform EU PVSEC in the beautiful city of Amsterdam in my home country, The Netherlands from 25 - 29. September 2017. The 33rd edition of the European Photovoltaic Energy Conference and Exhibition, offers you, once again, an excellent opportunity to absorb, update, and discuss the most recent and relevant developments in photovoltaics.

I am very happy to live in these exciting “solar” times. The fast advances in photovoltaic solar energy are mind blowing. In 2016, the first tenders were won for solar farms in the Middle East at electricity prices well below 0.03 €/kWh. But even in Northern Europe we can seeing solar prices that are equally impressive – the lowest bidder in a recent German/Danish tender offered solar power at only 0.05 €/kWh. And the upcoming tender in sunny Spain should lead to solar price bids that are in the 0.03-0.04 €/kWh range. At these prices levels solar is starting to really disrupt the energy markets.

I am very pleased to welcome you in Amsterdam. I am sure the 33rd EU PVSEC will energize and inspire you again,

Arno Smets
EU PVSEC General Chairman
Professor Solar Energy at Delft University of Technology


Call for Papers is open - Message from the Technical Programme Chair

Game On

The COP-21 Agreement came into force 4 November 2016, having reached the threshold for ratification by over 55 Parties representing at least 55% of global emissions already in October – indeed, this number has since grown. We're now facing an exciting and extremely challenging situation, in which we as a global PV community need to develop energy systems capable of delivering major greenhouse emission reductions, while ensuring sustainable development opportunities for all.

No one doubts that solar photovoltaic electricity will play a fundamental role in making this happen, thanks to the technology and market developments over the last twenty years. But it probably won't be PV as we know it today, and this is where European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition comes in.

By attracting the best researchers, scientists, engineers, developers and designers for a week of presentations and discussions, EU PVSEC aims to give a comprehensive insight about the state-of-the art and where the sector can go in the future.  At the core as always are the PV technologies themselves, ranging from the new options being created by application of nanotechnologies, to innovations in the industry workhorse crystalline silicon and the latest developments over the full spectrum of thin-film products and concepts. However equally important are system operation, integrated "smart" applications and market development aspects. All these have prominent places in the proposed programme.

EU PVSEC 2016 was again the world's largest PV research event with 1742 participants from 73 countries. We hope you will be part of the 2017 edition of EU PVSEC and warmly encourage you to submit your abstract. 

The programme of plenary, oral and visual presentations is selected after assessment by independent reviewers. Final papers are published in the EU PVSEC Proceedings, a highly respected conference series going back to 1992.  They are DOI coded, and permanently and unequivocally citable.

Looking forward to receiving your abstract!

Dr. Nigel Taylor
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
Technical Programme Chair, on behalf of the EUPVSEC Scientific Committee


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Dr. Nigel Taylor

European Commission
Joint Research Centre,
Ispra, Italy

Technical Programme Chair, on behalf of the EUPVSEC Scientific Committee

Amsterdam hosts the 33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition from 25 to 29 September 2017

Welcome to the EU PVSEC - The Innovation Platform for the Global PV Solar Sector

The EU PVSEC is the largest international Conference and Exhibition for Photovoltaic research, technologies and applications. It gathers the global PV community to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations in Photovoltaics, to network and to conduct business. It is the world renowned science-to-science and science-to-industry platform with a full and only focus on the global PV Solar Sector.

Welcome from the host country

The Netherlands is very pleased to host the EU PVSEC 2017 and welcomes you
to the beautiful city of Amsterdam! GDM0677 WimSinke

Solar energy is considered a key technology for a sustainable energy future, also in our small and windy country. Integration of PV into buildings, infrastructure and landscape offers great opportunities to achieve impact and even offshore combinations with wind energy, biomass, and energy storage may be possible. Large-scale generation of sustainable electricity can be used not only to cover electricity demand, but also for heating purposes and perhaps even for fuels and products. This conviction is clearly translated into our innovation and deployment policies. PV is an important topic in the ambitious innovation program of the TKI Urban Energy; the national public-private partnership for energy innovations in the urban environment in broad sense. Large-scale PV deployment is stimulated by several financial incentives for small and large systems and the PV market has grown accordingly. In short: PV is here to stay and flourish.

The Netherlands has a global perspective on societal and environmental challenges, on business opportunities, and on culture. Therefore we look forward to the exchange of exciting developments in PV science, technology and applications and all related topics, between stakeholders from all over the world. Let’s learn from each other and inspire each other. We hope to see you here from 25 to 29 September 2017!

Prof. Wim Sinke
ECN Solar Energy
TKI Urban Energy

Voices at the EU PVSEC 2016

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Pierre Verlinden
Trina Solar, Chief Scientist

"Pierre, what brings you here to EU PVSEC to München… I think that you are traveling now from the United States, before we met in Shanghai, so you are traveling in the world, however, you are always coming to EU PVSEC."
"I am always interested in the new technologies. It’s what the people are doing, what the new technology for silicon, more crystalline silicon cells, specification, metallization, new efficiency, new technologies, like tandem… silicon based tandem cells… I am really interested to see what people are doing and also I am here to support all engineers presenting papers at the conference. So, I like the EU PVSEC. I missed a few since my first EU PVSEC in 1980 but I think I have been at most of the EU PVSEC since the beginning."

Paolo Frankl
Head of Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency, France

"What brings you here to EU PVSEC?"
"I am trying to remember the first time I was at the EU PVSEC Conference and if I am not mistaken it was in 1991. So this gives you an idea of how fan I am of the PVSEC […]. I find this conference to be and to remain a state-of-the-art of the scientific and technology discussion. Even today when I can consider myself a little bit expert in PV I learn a lot every time I am here. Professor Green or people like the lady of imec this morning … I learn new things and I find this an extraordinary conference in terms of state-of-the-art and in terms of the depicting not only the achievements but also the future."

Zhengrong Shi
Founder of Suntech Power

"What do you think about the EU PVSEC 2016?"
“EU PVSEC is a great platform for scientists, engineers, students and also entrepreneur businessmen to exchange the progress in technology, engineering, product development and the business development. “
“Since 2004 […] the whole European market was booming and played the leadership in promoting PV applications.[…]Especially during those years EU PVSEC was especially useful in helping the industry and help the rest of the world to advance PV technology and engineering very much.”
“I think it is a great conference […] the EU PVSEC conference is the only conference I come every year”

Marko Topič

EU PVSEC 2016 Conference General Chairman, Chairman of European Technology & Innovation Platform Photovoltaics

"It was a quite busy week for you, wasn’t it?"
“Yes, indeed. Four/ five intensive days, but it is great pleasure looking back. It has been a great success of the conference. It offered a variety of excellent works. The only problem was that there were so many parallel events and it was difficult to decide where to go and what to miss.”
"From the scientific point of view, what was the most interesting at this edition of the EU PVSEC?"
"It is amazing how PV makes progress […]. It’s fascinating how broad it goes in the different fields, which actually contributes to the transition of the energy system and the sustainability. It is amazing how the costs are reducing […]. The quality and reliability needs to be maintained for the success of the deployment."
"Will you come next year to the EU PVSEC?"
“Definitely […]. I’ve been at the EU PVSEC since 1994”

Proceedings of the EU PVSEC 2016 published

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The EU PVSEC 2016 Conference Proceedings have been published and are now available for download. This allows the entire PV community to easily access this comprehensive database for PV research and technology, renowned for the high standard of its contributions.

Facts & Figures 2016

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20 - 24 June 2016
ICM - International
Congress Centre
Munich, Gemany


EU PVSEC 2016 in numbers:

  • 1742 Participants from EUPVSEC2016 PostEvent isglobal web
  • 73 Countries around the world, thereof
  • 26 EU Countries represented, equivalent to 58% of all EU PVSEC participants
  • 1053 Key note, Plenary, Oral and Visual presentations
  • 70 further presentations at
  • 6 Parallel Events
  • 5851 Authors and Co-authors from
  • 90 countries involved in the preparation of abstracts for presentation


Coordination of the Technical Programme

1 0 EC JRC


Institutional PV Industry Cooperation

2 1 SolarPowerEurope     2 2 SOLARUNITED

Institutional Support

1 1 EC


1 3 WCRE

 Supporting Organisations

  • 3_1_ESA
  • 3_2_EREF
  • 3_3_EUFORES
  • 3_4_REN21
  • 3_5_IEA-PVPS
  • 3_6_EUPVTP-
  • 3_7_EUREC
  • 3_8_ARE



Supporting Associations

  • 4_1_AIE
  • 4_2_CABA
  • 4_3_EPIC
  • 4_4_SASIA
  • 4_5_AREA


Cooperating Events

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