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

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Dneerinck newI am honoured to host the world-leading EU PVSEC conference in Brussels from 24 to 28 September 2018. The 35th edition of this conference and exhibition offers you again an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of the latest market, technical and scientific developments in our fast-changing solar business.

In 2017, the global PV market surpassed the 100 GW mark for the first time, although unexpected at the beginning of the year. The PV market continues to surprise and to surpass expectations of many market observers, constantly breaking market size and cost records. Volume and scale have become important characteristics of this market, as we see many multi-GW national markets appearing, and the main PV manufacturers moving towards 10 GW in annual cell and module production capacity.

Although volume and manufacturing excellence are the main drivers to reduce cost, reaching electricity cost levels below 2c$/kWh in some countries and making solar one the cheapest electricity sources, the importance of technology evolution must not be underestimated. We have witnessed the fast adoption of several new technologies in large-scale manufacturing in recent years: the growth of PERC technology, in particular using monocrystalline silicon wafers, diamond wafering for multicrystalline silicon wafers , the introduction of bifacial panels, half-cut cells, shingling, multi-busbar technology, … Innovation is taking place at all stages of the value chain, from research in new materials such as perovskites, to new silicon cell architectures with power conversion efficiencies above 26% as well as new record efficiencies for tandem, thin-film and III-V material cells, and new module concepts.

In addition, the decentralized and intermittent nature of PV production gives rise to innovative commercial offerings for optimizing renewable energy generation and consumption, combining increasingly cost-competitive batteries with smart energy solutions using big data and artificial intelligence techniques. Undoubtedly, this embedding of PV in hybrid electricity systems will give rise to new markets with grid services and aggregation of production and consumption sources.

I invite you to join the 35th EU PVSEC 2018 conference to get insight in recent and emerging solar technologies and scientific findings, as well as in the impact of quickly changing markets and national policies. In addition to an inspiring and comprehensive conference program, you will have ample opportunity to exchange with your peers and colleagues.

I look forward to welcoming you in Brussels,

Dr. Dominique Neerinck

VP Technology and R&D Renewable Energies
Gas, Renewables and Power, Total
35th EU PVSEC General Chairman


Dr. Dominique Neerinck, Vice President of Technology and R&D for Renewables at Total’s Gas, Renewables and Power division, is appointed as EU PVSEC 2018 Conference General Chairman following nomination and voting process by the EU PVSEC ISAC - International Scientific Advisory Committee. Dominique Neerinck is active in research in the areas of solar panels, batteries and energy management software. He holds a PhD in solid state physics from the Catholic University of Leuven in the area of thin film deposition technologies. Dominique has a broad industrial and managerial experience in companies such as Philips, Bekaert and Total, in particular in the commercialization and industrialisation of new technologies and managing global R&D organisations. He was president of the Belgian technology organisations Sirris (Belgian federation of the technological industry) and BiR&D (Belgian Industrial R&D Board), and is presently a board member of IPVF (Institut Photovoltaique d’Ile de France) and EIRMA (European Industrial Research management Association).

Your Conference Programme is compiled by the photovoltaic professional world.
Following submission, your abstract will be reviewed by the international EU PVSEC Committee. This distinguished group is made up of more than 200 leading experts from institutional and industrial research organisations, based in 28 countries.

Status as of 27 February 2018

Topic Organisers

Oliver Anspach, PV Crystalox Solar, Erfurt, Germany
Derk L. Bätzner, Meyer Burger Research, Hauterive, Switzerland
Franz P. Baumgartner, ZHAW, Winterthur, Switzerland
Rolf Brendel, ISFH, Emmerthal, Germany
Christian Breyer, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Christian Camus, ZAE Bayern, Erlangen, Germany
Julio Cárabe, CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain
Mariska de Wild-Scholten, SmartGreenScans, Groet, The Netherlands
Nicholas J. Ekins-Daukes, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Francesca Ferrazza, eni spa, San Donato Milanese, Italy
Giovanni Flamand, imec, Leuven, Belgium
Francesco Frontini, SUPSI, Canobbio, Switzerland
Maria Getsiou, European Commission DG RTD, Brussels, Belgium
Stefan W. Glunz, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Ralph Gottschalg, Fraunhofer CSP, Halle (Saale), Germany
Giso Hahn, University of Konstanz, Germany
Werner Herrmann, TÜV Rheinland Energy, Cologne, Germany
Louise Hirst, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Peter Lechner, ZSW, Stuttgart, Germany
Antonio Martí Vega, UPM, Madrid, Spain
Gaetan Masson, Becquerel Institute, Brussels, Belgium
Oliver Mayer, GE Global Research, Garching, Germany
Delfina Muñoz, CEA, Le Bourget du Lac, France

  Thomas Nordmann, TNC Consulting, Feldmeilen, Switzerland
Stefan Nowak, NET Nowak Energy & Technology, St. Ursen, Switzerland
Christer Nyman, Soleco, Porvoo, Finland
Heinz Ossenbrink, Band Gap, Bad Feilnbach, Germany
Nicola Pearsall, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Marion Perrin, Oscaro, Paris, France
Jozef (Jef) Poortmans, imec, Leuven, Belgium
Christos Protogeropoulos, EEPS, Athens, Greece
Alex Redinger, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Stephan Riepe, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Adriano Sabene, ENEL Green Power, Rome, Italy
Alessandra Scognamiglio, ENEA, Portici, Italy
Carla Signorini, European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Lenneke H. Slooff, ECN, Petten, The Netherlands
Ayodhya Nath Tiwari, EMPA, Dübendorf, Switzerland
Marko Topic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Wilfried van Sark, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Sjoerd Veenstra, ECN, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Karsten Wambach, Wambach-Consulting, Aindling, Germany
Arthur W. Weeber, ECN, Petten, The Netherlands
Ingrid Weiss, WIP - Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany
Wiltraud Wischmann, ZSW, Stuttgart, Germany
Peter Wohlfart, Singulus Technologies, Kahl am Main, Germany


Paper Review Experts

Cristina Alonso-Tristán, UBU, Burgos, Spain
Ignacio Antón, UPM, Madrid, Spain
Nekane Azkona, UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain
Kris Baert, KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium
Giorgio Bardizza, European Commission JRC, Ispra, Italy
Paul A. Basore, Solana Beach, USA
Guy Beaucarne, Dow Corning, Seneffe, Belgium
Martin P. Bellmann, SINTEF, Trondheim, Norway
Veronica Bermudez, Solar Frontier, Atsugi, Japan
Philippe Blanc, MINES ParisTech, Paris, France
Pierluigi Bonomo, SUPSI, Canobbio, Switzerland
Franck Bourry, CEA, Le Bourget du Lac, France
Christoph J. Brabec, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Dennis Bredemeier, ISFH, Emmerthal, Germany
Timothy Bruton, Progress in Photovoltaics, Woking, United Kingdom
Claudia Buerhop-Lutz, ZAE Bayern, Erlangen, Germany
Roberta Campesato, CESI, Milan, Italy
Silvia Caneva, WIP - Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany
Alison Ciesla, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia
Stéphane Cros, CEA, Le Bourget du Lac, France
Edwin Cunow, LSPV Consulting, Gröbenzell, Germany
Thomas Dalibor, AVANCIS, Torgau, Germany
Adrien Danel, CEA, Le Bourget du Lac, France
Bill Dauksher, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Iñigo de la Parra, UPNa, Pamplona, Spain
Paola Delli Veneri, ENEA, Portici, Italy
Bernhard Dimmler, NICE Solar Energy, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Doriana Dimova-Malinovska, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Sébastien Dubois, CEA, Le Bourget du Lac, France
Thorsten Dullweber, ISFH, Emmerthal, Germany
Ken Durose, Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Gabriele C. Eder, OFI, Vienna, Austria
Oliver Eibl, University of Tübingen, Germany
Roland Einhaus, Apollon Solar, Lyon, France
Marco Ernst, ANU, Canberra, Australia
Peter Fath, RCT-Solutions, Konstanz, Germany
Wilfried Favre, CEA-INES, Le Bourget-du-lac, France
Christopher Fell, CSIRO Energy Technology, Mayfield West, Australia
Gabi Friesen, SUPSI, Canobbio, Switzerland
Vasilis Fthenakis, Columbia University, New York, USA
Bruno Gaiddon, Hespul, Lyon, France
Stefan Gall, HZB, Berlin, Germany
William J. Gambogi, DuPont, Wilmington, USA
Ivan Gordon, imec, Leuven, Belgium
Jonathan Govaerts, imec, Leuven, Belgium
Giorgio Graditi, ENEA, Portici, Italy
Matthias Grottke, WIP - Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany
Jean Francois Guillemoles, CNRS, Chatou Cedex, France
Ingo Hagemann, Architekturbüro Hagemann, Aachen, Germany
Christian Hagendorf, Fraunhofer CSP, Halle (Saale), Germany
Jan Haschke, EPFL, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
M. Angeles Hernandez-Fenollosa, UPV, Valencia, Spain
Bert Herteleer, Ekistica, Alice Springs, Australia
Karl Hesse, Wacker Chemie, Burghausen, Germany
Yoshihiro Hishikawa, AIST, Tsukuba, Japan
Jörg Horzel, CSEM, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Jun-Rui Huang, Motech Industries, Taoyuan County, Taiwan
Shujuan Huang, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia
Thomas Huld, European Commission JRC, Ispra, Italy
Kees Hummelen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Stuart J. C. Irvine, Swansea University, St. Asaph, United Kingdom
Shogo Ishizuka, AIST, Tsukuba, Japan
Ulrike Jahn, TÜV Rheinland Energy, Cologne, Germany
Gaby J. M. Janssen, ECN, Petten, The Netherlands
Joachim John, imec, Leuven, Belgium
Elizabeth Kaijuka-Okwenje, Rural Electrification Agency, Kampala, Uganda
Izumi Kaizuka, RTS, Tokyo, Japan
Victor Khorenko, AZUR SPACE, Heilbronn, Germany
Sung Dug (Doug) Kim, SAIT, Yongin-si, Republic of Korea
Richard King, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Dirk König, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia
Igor Konovalov, University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany
Stephen Koopman, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa
Philipp Kratzert, Solibro, Bitterfeld-Wolfen OT Thalheim, Germany
Ana Rosa Lagunas, CENER, Sarriguren-Navarra, Spain
Kari Lappalainen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Julien Laurent, Vesuvius, Feignies, France
Jacques Levrat, CSEM, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Claude Lévy-Clément, CNRS, Thiais, France
Ching-Fuh Lin, NTU, Taipei, Taiwan
Yung-Sheng (David) Lin, E-TON Solar Tech, Tainan, Taiwan
Mónica Lira-Cantú, CIN2, Barcelona, Spain
Juan Lopez-Garcia, European Commission JRC, Ispra, Italy
Martha Ch. Lux-Steiner, HZB, Berlin, Germany
George Makrides, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Philippe Malbranche, CEA, Le Bourget du Lac, France
Paola Mazzucchelli, EUREC, Brussels, Belgium
Alexander Meeder, Geo-En Energy Technologies, Berlin, Germany
Johannes Meier, Meier Technologies, Berlingen, Switzerland
Axel Metz, Alzenau, Germany
Marc Meuris, imec, Leuven, Belgium
Max Mittag, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Christos Monokroussos, TÜV Rheinland, Shanghai, China
Jörg Müller, Hanwha Q CELLS, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany
Miguel Angel Muñoz-García, UPM, Madrid, Spain
Urs Muntwyler, BUAS, Burgdorf, Switzerland
Nina Munzke, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Gerhard Mütter, Alternative Energy Solutions, Vienna, Austria
Ronald C.G. Naber, Tempress, Vaassen, The Netherlands
Henning Nagel, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Hartmut Nussbaumer, ZHAW, Winterthur, Switzerland
Yoshio Ohshita, Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan
Yoshitaka Okada, University of Tokyo, Japan
Sener Oktik, Sisecam, Istanbul, Turkey
Gernot Oreski, PCCL, Leoben, Austria
Wolfram Palitzsch, Loser Chemie, Zwickau, Germany
David Patrick, Western Washington University, Bellingham, USA
Kristian Peter, ISC Konstanz, Germany
Stefan Peters, Hanwha Q CELLS, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany
Kai Petter, Hanwha Q CELLS, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany
Riccardo Po, eni, Novara, Italy
Davide Polverini, European Commission DG GROWTH, Brussels, Belgium
Michael Powalla, ZSW, Stuttgart, Germany
Ralf Preu, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Bernd Rech, HZB, Berlin, Germany
Tjerk Reijenga, BEAR-iD, Gouda, The Netherlands
Jan Remund, Meteotest, Bern, Switzerland
Jochen Rentsch, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Francesco Roca, ENEA, Portici, Italy
Sandy Rodrigues, M-ITI, Funchal, Portugal
Alessandro Romeo, University of Verona, Italy
Kittessa T. Roro, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa
Jatin Roy, IIT Kharagpur, India
Marin Rusu, HZB, Berlin, Germany
Vladimir Saly, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tony Sample, European Commission JRC, Ispra, Italy
Hermann Schlemm, Meyer Burger, Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany
Jan Schmidt, ISFH, Emmerthal, Germany
Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt, German Aerospace Center, Wessling, Germany
Ruud E. I. Schropp, Utrecht University, Driebergen, The Netherlands
Martin C. Schubert, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Jan-Willem Schüttauf, CSEM, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Manajit Sengupta, NREL, Golden, USA
Gerald Siefer, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Kostas Sinapis, SEAC-ECN, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Ronald Sinton, Sinton Instruments, Boulder, USA
James R. Sites, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
Volker Sittinger, Fraunhofer IST, Braunschweig, Germany
Joshua S. Stein, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, USA
Dirk Stellbogen, ZSW, Stuttgart, Germany
Sandor Szabó, European Commission JRC, Ispra, Italy
Nigel Taylor, European Commission JRC, Ispra, Italy
Barbara Terheiden, University of Konstanz, Germany
Gianluca Timò, RSE, Piacenza, Italy
Wolfgang Tress, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Roland M. E. Valckenborg, SEAC, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Joop van Deelen, Solliance/TNO, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Mike Van Iseghem, EDF R&D, Moret-sur-Loing, France
John van Roosmalen, ECN, Petten, The Netherlands
Michael Vetter, IPHT, Jena, Germany
Alessandro Virtuani, EPFL, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Eszter (Esther) Voroshazi, imec, Leuven, Belgium
Andreas Wade, First Solar, Mainz, Germany
Wilhelm Warta, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Akira Yamada, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
David Young, NREL, Golden, USA
Mike Zehner, Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Jun Zhao, Meyer Burger, Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany


  Awards Coordinators

Student Awards Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Arno Smets
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands


Poster Awards Coordinator
Dr. Julio Cárabe
CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain

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We thank our EU PVSEC 2018 Sponsors!

Singulus Technologies

Singulus Technologies

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES builds machines for economical and resource-efficient production processes. SINGULUS’ strategy is based on the expansion of its existing core competencies. The application areas include coating, surface processing, wet-chemical as well as the related chemical and physical processing steps. The company’s target is to reach a technologically leading position in the Solar division. For all machines, processes and applications SINGULUS draws upon its know-how in the areas of automation and process technology.



VON ARDENNE provides advanced coating equipment for the deposition of ultra-thin functional layers on materials such as glass, wafers and polymer films and flexible glass. The company is based in Dresden, with subsidiaries in China, Japan, Malaysia, the USA and Vietnam.

We have installed more than 150 coating systems for crystalline and thin-film solar module providers. This expertise has been incorporated into our coating systems for the next generation of high-performance contact layers.


Sponsorship Packages

Good reasons to become EU PVSEC Sponsor - Advantages

  • Obtain maximum visibility and attract the attention of the community of renewable energy.
  • Connect your company to one of the most recognized and successful international events with an excellent scientific content.
  • Choose between different sponsorship opportunities and packages.
  • Benefit from communication services of the event.

EU PVSEC 2018 Sponsorship


For further details about the EU PVSEC Sponsorship Packages, please contact: Denis Schultz   telephone +49-89-720 12 738   printer empty +49-89-720 12 791   email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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