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

The photovoltaic revolution is just getting started!

ArnoSmets webThe EU PVSEC 2017, the 33rd edition of the European Photovoltaic Energy Conference and Exhibition, offers you an excellent opportunity to absorb, update and discuss the most recent and relevant developments in photovoltaics. We are honoured to host this world class event this year at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 25-29 September 2017.

Of course, it is not just about great conference location and facilities. It is about sharing our experience and vision on the fast advances in photovoltaic solar energy, that are mind blowing. 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. Currently, the wide variety of companies involved in the sector of photovoltaic solar energy facilitate ~2.8 million jobs worldwide. This number is expected to significantly grow in the near future. 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 see 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. The upscaling of battery manufacturing to facilitate the storage needs of the electric car industry has seen unprecedented drops in the cost of batteries. The days of cost-effective storage of solar electricity in autonomous PV systems are in sight and these advances will accelerate the electrification of the world.

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, challenging the global PV industry further.

Innovative applications of photovoltaic modules in products and buildings are opening up new markets. 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 why we can expect that the PV sector will have an important impact on the energy infrastructure in the future.

Once again, the EU PVSEC 2017 continues to be the platform for a unique event to share the latest scientific, technical, financial, policy and market insights and developments and advances. Have a close look to an impressive programme that offers each of you a variety of interesting topics and an opportunity to intensively learn, discuss and network.

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

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