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22 June 2016
13:30 - 17:45



PV Production, Quality, and Innovation Forum 2016

jointly produced by SOLARUNITED and the Becquerel Institute

PV Production, Quality and Innovation Forum will be led by top-level managers, chief developing engineers of SOLARUNITED member companies and further industry experts from manufacturers and suppliers of PV production equipment and related raw materials. In three dedicated sessions the latest status and outlook on changing dynamics, processes, and production technology steps in the PV manufacturing supply chain will be presented.


Detailed Programme

Market Session

13:30 - 13:40
Welcome and Introduction – Bryan Ekus, Director, SOLARUNITED

13:40 - 14:10
PV Trends & Market Overview by – Gaëtan Masson, Director, Becquerel Institute

Technology & Innovation

14:10 - 15:00
Panel Session – Technology development: will heterojunction revolutionize the industry?
A moderated panel session that will debate the possible market emergence of Multi-junction (MJ) technology, as to how likely, and when it will disrupt the convention c-Si marketplace? This panel of leading PV manufacturers will also discuss what the PV market looks like today; where they see the technology going tomorrow; the pitfalls and obstacles in future manufacturing; and how ML technologies will impact the conventional c-Si energy market.

Session Moderator – Nabih Cherradi, CEO, Desert Technologies and Co-Chair of the SOLARUNITED Quality Committee


  • Prof. Christophe Ballif, Vice President, CSEM PV-Center
  • Dr. Marco Huber, Product Manager Crystalline PV, Singulus Technologies AG
  • Dr. Christian Buchner – CEO at Schmid Technology GmbH
  • Dr. Jan M. Kroon, Senior Researcher Solar Energy, ECN Solar Energy
  • Dr. Jochen Rentsch, Head of Department “Wet Chemical and Plasma Technologies / Cell Process Transfer” Division PV Production Technology and Quality Assurance , Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)
  • Benjamin Strahm, R&D Manager Meyer Burger Research AG, Hauterive (NE)– Meyer Burger
  • Wim C. Sinke – Manager Program Development, ECN Solar Energy & Vice Chair, PV Technology Platform

15:00 - 15:15   Coffee Break

Quality Session

15:15 - 16:00
Panel Session – The Quality Challenge: how to collect reliable and accurate standardized data from the field?

Two moderated panel sessions that will scrutinize the aspect of the Quality Challenge, which is how to collect reliable and accurate standardized data from the field? This panel of principal experts will share their insights as to the magnitude of module failures, and analyze methods of how to counteract future reliability glitches in the field, while ensuring a proper communication between the downstream and upstream parts of the PV value chain.

Session Introduction by: Laura Azpilicueta, Sr. VP – Global Sales & Business Development at EVASA and Chairwomen of the SOLARUNITED Quality Committee & Ulrike Jahn, TÜV Rheinland Energie und Umwelt GmbH

16:00 - 16:45
Quality Session Part A
Viewpoints from testing labs, material providers, and industry trade associations

Session Moderator – Laura Azpilicueta, Sr. VP – Global Sales & Business Development at EVASA and Chairwomen of the SOLARUNITED Quality Committee


  • Ioannis-Thomas Theologitis, Senior Advisor, Solar Power Europe
  • Dr. Stefan Padlewski, Marketing Manager, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
  • Ulrike Jahn, TÜV Rheinland Energie und Umwelt GmbH
  • Roland Roesch, Senior Program Officer, IRENA – International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Chris O’Brien, Alternative Energy Fellow, Flex Energy Solutions

16:45 - 17:30
Quality Session Part B

Viewpoints from banking, finance, O&M, and insurance underwriters

Session Moderator – Gaëtan Masson, Director, Becquerel Institute


  • Matthias Graf von Armansperg, Partner, Accelios Solar
  • Thomas Schätz, Project Manager, AdlerSolar
  • David Moser, Group leader. Institute for Renewable Energy
  • Michael Schrempp, Head of Green Tech Solutions, Munich Re
  • Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India

17:30 - 17:45
Meeting summaries and open discussions with all participants

Moderated by: Jo-Anne Duff, Head of Event Content, Solar Media Limited

Meeting ends



We reserve the right to make changes without prior notice





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


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