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

  • 2018 Home Slideshow 1
  • 2018 Home Slideshow 2
  • 2018 Home Slideshow 3
  • 2018 Home Slideshow 3
  • 2018 Home Slideshow 5
  • 2018 Home Slideshow 6
  • 2018 Home Slideshow 7
  • 2018 Home Slideshow 8
  • 2018 Home Slideshow 9

homebuttons calendar


Parallel Events

In addition to the Conference Programme, the EU PVSEC Parallel Events offer a deep insight into specific topics along the most recent technology, market and business trends and address to global decision makers from industry, research, finance and politics.


20 June 2016

13:30 - 17:30


Enhancing PV Competitiveness with Energy Storage
jointly with the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) - IEA PVPS Task 1

Grid parity has been reached in some market segments but the real competitiveness of PV solutions has not been achieved yet everywhere. This workshop aims at redefining the concepts of competitiveness for PV solutions in the light of the last self-consumption regulations and the super-competitive tenders seen in Germany, India, the USA, the UAE or recently in Peru. In addition, the shift towards decentralized PV that several countries are attempting requires an in-depth look into the possibilities of energy storage, through batteries, but also energy storage in buildings or embedded in the grid.

iea pvps

21 June 2016

08:30 - 12:30


Acceleration of BIPV by international collaboration
jointly with the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) - IEA PVPS Task 15, Zuyd Applied University and the Becquerel Institute

BIPV is seen as one of the key development tracks of PV towards mass application. To facilitate this key development, a number of international collaborative initiatives are undertaken. In this interactive seminar, a number of international collaboration projects and platforms will be presented, with the aim to pinpoint the next step in international needs for collaboration.

  iea pvps
Becquerel Institute web

21 June 2016

13:30 - 17:45


PV End-of-Life Management: Challenges and Opportunities
jointly with IRENA – International Renewable Energy Agency and the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) - IEA PVPS Task 12


iea pvps


22 June 2016

13:30 - 17:45


PV Production, Quality, and Innovation Forum
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.

Becquerel Institute web


22 June 2016

08:30 - 12:30


Solar PV: Changing our energy system
jointly with IRENA – International Renewable Energy Agency

Solar PV has become a key energy technology. Continuous innovation and deployment have seen deployment levels grow from 38 GW to more than 230 GW in the last five years, driven by solar PV module price declines of up to 80% between the end of 2009 and 2015. In both developed and developing countries, large-scale utility-scale solar PV systems have beaten new gas- or coal-fired power stations in terms of costs. Rooftop solar PV systems provide households with cheaper electricity than buying electricity from the grid. Innovative solutions like solar lights and solar home systems are providing cheap electricity to non-electrified regions in Africa and Asia

Solar PV is truly changing our energy system. However, with this transformation comes new challenges that need to be addressed if the rapid growth in solar PV is continue. How do we ensure that solar PV becomes the preferred power source to satisfy future electricity demand? Solar PV has the potential (1550 GW by 2030 in the latest IRENA vision), but it is by no means a certainty and for its potential to be fully realized policy makers, regulators and investors need to set and operate in the right business, legal and regulatory environment.

Part of the solution must also be continued rapid technology progress and innovation, both learning-by-doing for monocrystalline and polycrystalline cell production and performance, as well as new technologies and materials based on fundamental R&D efforts. Systems integration and sector coupling creates new technology challenges such as the need for greater system flexibility, while electricity storage will become important early for islands and other small isolated networks and could be important in the longer term for large integrated networks as well. This will be happening against a backdrop where localised electricity production by solar PV systems will likely be cheaper than electricity from centralised power stations further away, pushing today’s utility model to its limit.

IRENA has undertaken analysis to provide a solid and compelling outlook for solar PV, and inform policy makers and the general audience of the transformative power provided by solar PV, as well as many of the many technology innovations needed. The scope of analysis is global, but is centered on two questions:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges for solar PV in electricity systems with stagnating versus expanding electricity needs?
  • What will the importance be of distributed versus centralised solar PV systems within these different constituencies?

Join the IRENA / EU PVSEC Parallel Event to hear about recent research and work by IRENA and others into the issues facing the continued accelerated installation of solar PV, with a focus on:

  • The evolution of Solar PV in growing and stagnating electricity markets
  • Recent and future trends in innovation for solar PV and the enabling technologies for high shares of variable renewables
  • The right enabling policies to support solar PV, the transition to a sustainable energy sector, as well as the regulatory and market changes required



22 June 2016

13:30 - 18:30


PHOTOVOLTAICS | FORMS | LANDSCAPES Beauty and power of designed Photovoltaics
jointly with EC-JRC, ENEA and ETA-Florence Renewable Energies

Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes is a series of annual events (1st edition Hamburg, 26th EUPVSEC; 2nd edition: Frankfurt, 27th EUPVSEC; 3rd edition Paris, 28th EUPVSEC, 4th edition Amsterdam 29th EUPVSEC, 5th edition Hamburg 31st EUPVSEC) serving as a discussion framework to investigate the new phenomena associated with the rapid spread of large photovoltaic systems. It promotes reflection on the implications for our way of living and on what new issues of design could arise. This is done on all scales: from modules, to buildings, to cities, to landscapes.

The organisers are sorry to announce that the event has been cancelled.
Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes will be back for next year’s edition.

JRC logo web



ENEA logo web

ETA logo web square


23 June 2016

08:30 - 18:00


7th International Workshop on CIGS Solar Cell Technology (IW-CIGSTech 7)
jointly organized by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (HZB) and Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)

IW-CIGSTech 7 will be an international workshop focusing on CIGS solar cell technology, combining scientific and technological aspects with their industrial applications. The workshop will consist of invited talks, discussions and poster presentations. The organizers would be  delighted to welcome you in Munich for a day of lively discussions of CIGS technology topics. Further details will be published soon.


Photovoltaics (PV) today are dominated by crystalline silicon (c-Si) technology. Among alternative, thin-film technologies, CIGS is the most advanced and the most efficient. The PV modules with CIGS (Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 ) absorbers are very effective in converting light directly into electricity. They are very well positioned in the field of PV technologies with present record efficiencies for small cells of 22.3 % and for production size modules of 16.5 %.

The recent progress at the cell level paves the way for progress at the mini module level (currently 18.7%, aiming at > 21%) and towards total area module efficiencies of 18%. The latter is expected to be realized in the near future through transfer and adaptation of laboratory technology. Low cost CIGS PV modules can provide electricity below € 0.05 / kWh (LCOE) and contribute to CO2 reduction in a significant manner.

  HZB Logo web

ZSW Logo web

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

171102 SNEC banner2018

Banner 165x44





Organised by:             With the
                                 support of:

   wip logo R small              ETA logo web square 150