25 - 29 Sept. 2017, RAI Convention & Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Message from the EU PVSEC General Chairman Professor Arno Smets

The PV revolution is just beginning!

ArnoSmets webI am honoured to host world-leading scientific solar knowledge-exchange platform EU PVSEC in the beautiful city of Amsterdam in my home country, The Netherlands from 25 - 29. September 2017. The 33rd edition of the European Photovoltaic Energy Conference and Exhibition, offers you, once again, an excellent opportunity to absorb, update, and discuss the most recent and relevant developments in photovoltaics.

I am very happy to live in these exciting “solar” times. The fast advances in photovoltaic solar energy are mind blowing. In 2016, the first tenders were won for solar farms in the Middle East at electricity prices well below 0.03 €/kWh. But even in Northern Europe we can seeing solar prices that are equally impressive – the lowest bidder in a recent German/Danish tender offered solar power at only 0.05 €/kWh. And the upcoming tender in sunny Spain should lead to solar price bids that are in the 0.03-0.04 €/kWh range. At these prices levels solar is starting to really disrupt the energy markets.

Global cumulative installed nominal photovoltaic power has surpassed 300 GWp, and the moment that we exceed the magical boarder of 1 Terawatt is in sight. Companies, institutes and universities carry on improving the performance of solar cells and modules to levels we could only dream of a decade ago. Record after record is being reported! The learning curves of photovoltaics keep dropping at impressive rates. Solar cells continue to see efficiency improvements, with next generation technologies in sight. Innovative applications of photovoltaic modules in products and buildings are opening up new markets. Currently, the wide variety of companies involved in the sector of Photovoltaic solar energy facilitate ~2.5 million jobs worldwide. This number is expected to quadruple in the coming 15 years. These developments are supporting all major future energy scenarios that forecast a key role for photovoltaic solar energy. In addition, these advances create new priorities, like solving grid-integration bottlenecks, improving system reliability, developing cost-effective storage concepts, powering electrical mobility, creation of sustainable financial solutions, introducing effective government policies and creating high quality education and training programs in photovoltaic solar energy. Many reasons that we can expect the PV sector to blossom the coming years.

Join the EU PVSEC 2017 to contribute to the discussion on the topics above and to get inspired being part of the PV revolution! The EU PVSEC 2017 will be the platform for a unique event to share the latest insights and developments in science, technology, finances, policies, and markets. I look forward to an impressive programme that will offer each of you a variety of interesting topics and an opportunity to learn, discuss and network intensively. So please mark your calendar -  and in preparation for the event send an abstract for our Call for Papers, which is open until 10 February 2017.

I am very pleased to welcome you in Amsterdam. I am sure the 33rd EU PVSEC will energize and inspire you again,

Arno Smets
EU PVSEC General Chairman
Professor Solar Energy at Delft University of Technology.