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


TOPIC 1: New Materials and Concepts for Photovoltaic Devices

1.1 Fundamental Studies

Theoretical studies of materials, cells and modules; new measurement techniques, modelling and simulation.

1.2 New Materials and Concepts for Cells and Modules
New cell materials and concepts, e.g use of nanotechnologies and quantum effects. New module materials and concepts.

TOPIC 2: Silicon Cells

2.1 Feedstock, Crystallisation, Wafering, Defect Engineering

Novel and advanced production technologies for silicon, ingots and wafers, solar-grade silicon properties and specifications, testing, performance, costs. Influence of crystallisation parameters, impact of residual defects and impurities, and their mitigation.

2.2 Homojunction Solar Cells
PERC, PERT, Al-BSF and other: advanced solar cell architectures for higher efficiency, surface and contact passivation and metallisation.

2.3 Heterojunction Solar Cells
Advanced solar cell architectures for higher efficiency, heterojunction devices, new processes and materials for junction formation, surface and contact passivation and metallisation.

2.4 Thin Film and Foil-Based Si Solar Cells
Amorphous and microcrystalline silicon, thin crystalline silicon, silicon foils (<20µm): theoretical studies, innovation in processing and manufacturing technologies, manufacturing up-scaling.

2.5 Characterisation & Simulation Methods for Si Cells
Measurement and modelling of innovative Si cell concepts.

2.6 Manufacturing & Production of Si Cells
Novel or improved manufacturing solutions and strategies, automated production processes and systems; quality and reliability in production.

TOPIC 3: Non Silicon-Based Thin Film Photovoltaics

3.1 CI(G)S, CdTe and Related Thin Film Solar Cells and Modules

Theoretical studies, innovation in processing and manufacturing technologies, manufacturing up-scaling, measurement and characterisation, modelling, quality and reliability in production.

3.2 Perovskite, Organic and Dye-Sensitised Devices
Perovskite materials and devices, polymer PV and other organic materials and devices, dye-sensitised cells and modules, hybrid tandems and other devices; manufacturing and up-scaling technologies and strategies, quality and reliability in production.

TOPIC 4: Concentrator and Space Photovoltaics

4.1 III-V-Based Devices for Terrestrial and Space Applications

Novel cell architectures, materials, technologies and processing for III-V-multi-junction cells. Electrical characterisation and modelling of cells and modules. Techniques for measuring concentrator and space solar cells, assemblies and modules. Space solar generators design, technology and in-orbit experience.

TOPIC 5: Photovoltaic Modules and BoS Components

5.1 PV Module Design, Manufacture, Performance and Reliability

PV module design, module manufacturing processes, type approval testing, degradation, ageing and lifetime; new and improved measurement and characterisation methods, correlation between laboratory testing and field performance, energy yield, energy rating.

5.2 Inverters and Balance of System Components
Inverters, power optimisers, micro-inverters, power electronics developments, monitoring systems, batteries, charge regulators, safety switches, measurements and testing, mounting structures, trackers, cabling, including performance and reliability.

5.3 Sustainability and Recycling
Safety and environmental issues; life-cycle analysis of modules and systems, CO2 footprint, water use, sustainability of materials, customised products and sustainable design, product regulation concepts, recycling and waste management, decommissioning, PV in the circular economy.

TOPIC 6: PV Systems - Performance, Applications and Integration

6.1 Solar Resource and Forecasting

Solar resource assessment, measurements and monitoring, meteorological forecasting, now-casting, analysis of ground station and satellite data.

6.2 Design and Installation of PV Systems
Planning, plant optimization tools, cost analyses, advanced installation criteria, construction and safety issues, grid interfacing.

6.3 Operation, Performance and Maintenance of PV Systems
Monitoring, predictive and corrective maintenance, system failure analysis, system reliability, operational safety.

6.4 Building, Infrastructure, Landscape and Other Applications of PV
Design, architectural and landscape aspects; near-zero energy building issues; PV products for buildings: electric and thermal performance, safety aspects, integrated mounting structures, multi-functionality; building, environment and other regulatory concepts; PV in vehicles; PV in roads and other transport infrastructure; other novel applications.

6.5 Grid and Energy System Integration
Grid management at high penetration including networked storage (technologies and modelling for short-term to seasonal), integrated supply-demand with heating/cooling, heat pumps, demand side management and electromobility, ICT integration including security, other hybrid applications e.g. power-to-gas, hydrogen, lighting and desalination.

TOPIC 7: PV Economics, Markets and Policies

7.1 PV Economics and Markets

Economics and competitiveness of PV, learning curves, business models, trade, market assessment and projections, financing and investment, soft costs; PV in integrated energy system, market design, PV as dispatchable power, mass storage, PPAs, prosumers.

7.2 PV-Related Policies, Strategies and Societal Issues
Policies for PV development: R&D and IPR, prosumers, grid integration, and utility scale development; PV and society: communication, job creation, education and training, achieving global sustainable development goals, PV in climate change mitigation.



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