35th EU PVSEC, 24 - 28 September 2018
SQUARE - Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels, Belgium

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35th EU PVSEC 2018 Detailed Conference Programme & Outline available

180507 EU PVSEC 2018 Conference Programme OutlineConference Programme 2018 – with almost 1,000 high-level presentations from all over the world, the programme is offering both a world-class overview and in-depth insights to the latest research in the PV solar energy sector.

The international Conference programme is structured in plenary, oral and visual presentations and covers the entire range of PV research, technologies and applications, focusing on the latest scientific, technological and market-related trends.

The abstracts received have been reviewed and scored by the EU PVSEC Scientific Committee made up of more than 200 renowned PV research and industry experts from the global PV sector. To guarantee the quality of the programme, each abstract has been scored by three independent reviewers before the topic organisers met in April 2018 in Brussels to select the plenary, oral and visual presentations.


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35th EU PVSEC 2018 Conference General Chairman

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Pierre Verlinden as Conference General Chair of the 35th EU PVSEC, following the withdrawal of Dr. Dominique Neerinck for personal reasons. Dr. Piotr Szymanski, chair of the EU PVSEC International Scientific Advisory Committee,  commented: we welcome Pierre Verlinden and are confident that he will excel in this assignment. He is a distinguished member of the global PV community and I am convinced that he will contribute to the success of this event. All the very best to Dominique Neerinck and many thanks for his contributions.

Dr. Pierre J. Verlinden

  Dr. Pierre J. Verlinden is Managing Director of AMROCK, a PV technology consulting company, and visiting Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. Dr Verlinden has been working in the field of photovoltaics for 40 years and has published over 200 technical papers and contributed to a number of books. From 2012 to 2018, Dr Verlinden served as Chief Scientist, Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology at Trina Solar, China, one of the world’s largest PV manufacturers. Previously, he has managed the R&D department or served as Chief Scientist in several PV companies in USA and Australia, including SunPower, Origin Energy and Solar Systems. Dr Verlinden is the recipient of the 2016 William Cherry Award, awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and one of the world highest distinctions in PV research, for his dedication over the past three decades at the forefront of PV technology and commercialization, leading technology advances including the interdigitated back contact cell, silicon and multijunction III-V CPV cells, and his overall leadership of key R&D organizations. Dr Verlinden is also recipient of the 2017 Chinese Government Friendship Award, the highest award given by China to foreigners. 


Chairman's Message

It is my great honour and great pleasure to invite you to attend the next EU PVSEC to be held for the first time in my home town, the beautiful city of Brussels, the capital and the heart of Europe.  The EU PVSEC has always been for me a special event where we are updated on all aspects of the latest photovoltaic technology developments, as well as on other topics such as new policies, market trends, social and educational impacts. Over the last 4 decades, the EU PVSEC has been for me an important forum, source of inspiration, a week of fruitful reflection on my work and a time to meet friends and colleagues from all over the world.

As a PV scientist, this is my goal and my mission. I would like to share this journey with you. I look forward to seeing you at the EU PVSEC 2018 in Brussels. Together, let’s send a message to the governments and to the world that PV is taking its responsibilities and its role very seriously. The world needs you!

Dr. Pierre Verlinden
EU PVSEC Conference General Chairman
Director at Amrock Pty Ltd
Visiting Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China


Welcome from the host country

Belgium and the City of Brussels are very pleased and honored to host the EU PVSEC 2018!

Electricity generation from the Sun is one of the key technologies to realize the transition to a sustainable Energy system with a large share of renewables. This conviction is subject to a growing consensus amongst the different policy levels in Belgium and the Regions. Since 2 years we see again a healthy expansion of the PV-market in Belgium and it is often forgotten that the amount of installed PV/inhabitant in our country is amongst the highest in Europe. Therefore we are more than ever convinced: PV is here to stay and flourish further.

Belgium has a great tradition in organizing top-level exchange meetings between scientists– remind the famous Solvay Conferences in the early days of the 20th century where famous scientists like Einstein, Bohr, ... were discussing in depth the new insights in physics which would revolutionize science. From the early phases of photovoltaic energy deployment the scientific and technological aspects were supported by leading institutes in Belgium and the EU PVSEC 2018 is the perfect place for them to showcase this pioneering role and to interact with their partners and competitors. 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. We hope to see you here from 24 to 28 September 2018 in Brussels in an atmosphere where the useful is combined with the pleasant, another Belgian characteristic!

Prof. Jef Poortmans
Director [email protected]
R&D Strategy Coordinator of EnergyVille


Your Conference Programme is compiled by the photovoltaic professional world

The EU PVSEC Scientific and the ExCo Committee met in Brussels in the period 17 to 19 April 2018 to fine-tune the paper assessment and to set-up the Conference Programme 2018.













35th EU PVSEC 2018: Late News abstracts are welcome!

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted abstracts of such a high quality for the conference and if you have not done it yet, we look forward to receiving your contributions!

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35th EU PVSEC 2018 Exhibition

The Exhibition takes place from Monday to Thursday, 24 September to 27 September 2018 at the SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre. You will meet your target group right there: the global PV community, from science and PV industry will gather at the EU PVSEC. Technologies, innovations and new concepts in the upstream PV sector are the main characteristics. From total participants about 50% are represented by PV researchers and 40% by PV industry.

Statements from leaders at the EU PVSEC 2017

  • Arno Smets

    EU PVSEC General Chairman Professor Solar Energy Delft University of Technology, THE NETHERLANDS

  • Georgina Grenon

    Director, 100% RE Solutions ENGIE, FRANCE

  • Paolo Frankl

    Head of Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency, FRANCE

  • Andreas Bett

    Director, Head of Division Materials – Solar Cells and Technologies Fraunhofer ISE, GERMANY

  • Andreas Wade

    Global Sustainability Director First Solar, GERMANY

  • Ayodhya Nath Tiwari

    Head of for Thin Films and Photovoltaics, EMPA, SWITZERLAND

  • Edward Hamers

    Chief Technology Officer, HyET Solar, THE NETHERLANDS

  • Heinz Ossenbrink

    Former European Commission, Joint Research Centre

  • James Sites

    Colorado State University, UNITED STATES

  • Jan Marc Luchies

    Chief Technology Officer Tempress, Amtech Systems, THE NETHERLANDS

  • Mark Van Stiphout

    European Commission, DG ENERGY

  • Marko Topič

    Chairman, European Technology & Innovation Platform Photovoltaics, ETIP PV, Professor at the University of Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

  • Marko Topič

    Chairman, European Technology & Innovation Platform Photovoltaics, ETIP PV, Professor at the University of Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

  • Martin Green

    UNSW University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

  • Nicolas Guillevin


  • Paolo Frankl

    Head of Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency, FRANCE

  • Stefan Nowak

    Becquerel Prize Winner 2017, Managing Director NET Nowak Energy & Technology, SWITZERLAND

  • Thomas Nowak

    Secretary General, European Heat Pump Association AISBL (EHPA), BELGIUM

  • Veronica Bermudez

    General Manager, Technology Division, Research Center of Solar Frontier, JAPAN

  • Wim Sinke

    Programme Development Manager, ECN Solar Energy, THE NETHERLANDS

  • Wouter Schram

    Utrecht University, THE NETHERLANDS


"Very good for cooperation in PV."

Gremenok Valery, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

"Good balance between papers and exhibits"

Allen Barnett, AmberWave

"It is a very knowledgeable conference."

Ching-Fuh Lin, National Taiwan University

"a stand-out event"

Saif Islam, EuPD Research

"The place to meet People you want to meet."

Gerry Knoch, exateq GmbH

"Main conference for PV dealing with a broad range of topics"

Oliver Anspach, PV Crystalox

"A good conference with a broad perspective, and good program."

Bjørn, Aarseth, University of Oslo

"One of the best conference in the world"

Naotaka Oka, Doshisha University

"It summarizes the state of the art of the pv technology and its current development."

Marco Malagnino, Hanwha QCells GmbH

"A sucessful Meeting."

Christoph Metzner, Fraunhofer FEP

Who was exhibiting at the EU PVSEC 2017


  • Asys Solar

  • BERGER Lichttechnik

  • DG Joint Research Centre

  • ECN Solar Energy

  • ETA Florence Renewable Energies


  • Heraeus Photovoltaics

  • InnoLas Solutions

  • Ionx Automated Cleaning Facilities

  • ISC Konstanz

  • IZOVAC Technologies

  • Kipp & Zonen

  • KOPEL Kyoshin Electric Co

  • Luvata Pori Oy

  • Newport Spectra Physics

  • Progress in Photovoltaics, Wiley

  • Quantum Zurich

  • RENA Technologies

  • Semilab Co

  • Sinton Instruments

  • Solibro

  • Solliance Solar Research

  • Stäubli Electrical Connectors

  • Tempress Systems

  • TFSC – Instrument

  • University of Ljubljana



  • WIP - Renewable Energies

Companies and Organisations Represented at the EU PVSEC 2017

8minutenergy Renewables, LLC. • Aalto University • Abdelmalek Essaadi University • Abet Technologies, Inc. • Access e.V. • Active Solar Innovation • ADRAD GLOBAL RESOURCES LIMITED • Advanced Silicon Group • AFRITEK POWER SOLUTION LIMITED • Agricultural University of Athens • Airbus DS • AIST - National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH • Al Tayseer International Hospital • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg • ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH • aleo solar GmbH • Alpha Assembly Solutions • Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH • AMOLF • Anhalt University of Applied Sciences • ANU - The Australian National University • APM • Apollon Solar • Applied Materials • Applied Research Institute for Prospective Technologies • ArcelorMittal Global R&D • Arizona State University • ASCR -  Academy of Science of the Czech Republic • Asia Silicon (Qinghai) Co., Ltd. • ASM Assembly Systems Ltd • Association FME for Cleantech Holland • ASYS  GmbH • Australian Battery Recycling Initiative • Avancis GmbH • Awan Enterprises • BEAR-iD Sustainable Urban Planners + Architects • Becquerel Institute • Beijing Normal University • Belcast nv • Bentham Instruments Ltd. • BERGER Lichttechnik GmbH & Co. KG • ....

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 0 TKI
  • 3 7 EUREC
  • 3 8 ARE


Supporting Associations

  • 4 1 AIE
  • 4 2 CABA
  • 4 3 EPIC
  • 4 4 SASIA
  • 4 5 AREA
  • 4 6 GENSED
  • 4 7 MPIA


Cooperating Events

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