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


Chair: Piotr Szymanskiportrait Piotr Szymanski
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Director of Energy, Transport and Climate (Petten)

Piotr Szymanski hails from Warsaw, Poland. He studied physics at Warsaw University, and went on to complete a PhD in experimental particle physics at the Institute for Nuclear Studies in Swierk, Poland. He worked as a research associate at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK and the J-W Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany as well as a Staff Member at the European Organization for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a habilitation in physics and is the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific papers in various fields of particle physics. He was also Head of the Department for Interdisciplinary Applications of Physics at the Institute for Nuclear Studies in Swierk, Poland.

Dr. Szymanski was Director of Nuclear Safeguards at the European Commission in Luxembourg, which is responsible for the verification and inspection of the non-diversion of nuclear materials at all civil nuclear installations within the European Union.
Nominated JRC Director on 1 July 2016, he leads the Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate. The Directorate brings together about 350 staff based in Petten, Ispra and Seville.


Secretary: Nigel Taylorportrait Nigel Taylor
Project Leader Photovoltaics, European Commission, DG JRC, Institute for Energy and Transport - IET

Nigel Taylor .currently leads the photovoltaics R&D project in the Renewable Energy Unit of the Institute for Energy and Transport. He represents the SET-PLAN Information System in the Solar Europe Industrial Initiative. He is a topic organiser on standardisation for the EUPVSEC conference and task leader for the module and system performance expert group in European photovoltaic research infrastructure network SOPHIA. Dr. Taylor graduated in mechanical engineering from Dublin University, Trinity College in 1982 and was awarded his Ph.D. also from Trinity in 1987. After jobs in industrial R&D in Germany and Italy, he joined the European Commission in 1997.


Paolo Franklportrait Paolo Frankl
Head of the Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency, France

Paolo Frankl is the Head of the Renewable Energy Division (RED) at the International Energy Agency (IEA), which he joined in summer 2007. In this role Dr. Frankl coordinates the Division’s activities, encompassing the status and progress of renewable energy technologies; renewable energy policies and markets; and system-integration issues. A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome. Previous positions held were in academia and in private Italian consultancy firms researching renewable energy, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling.


Maria Getsiou
European Commission DG RTD, Brussels, Belgium


Stefan W. Glunz
Head of Division “Solar Cells – Development and Characterization”, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany


Dirk Habermann
Chief Innovation Officer, Meyer Burger Technology AG, Gwatt (Thun), Switzerland


Philippe Malbrancheportrait Philippe Malbranche
General Director, CEA INES, France

Philippe Malbranche is currently Director of INES, the French main solar energy research institute (Institut National de l’Energie Solaire). He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the European Photovoltaic Technology and Innovation Platform and participates to the Visiting Committees of several Solar Energy research institutes.

Philippe Malbranche made engineering studies at the French Ecole Centrale de Paris, where he graduated in 1979. He began working at the South Pacific Institute for Renewable Energy in Tahiti, French Polynesia, designing and managing rural electrification projects, and providing training and technical advice for solar implementation in the South Pacific countries.
In 1989 he moved back to France at the French Ministry of Energy, as advisor on renewables and energy efficiency in transportation.
In 1991, he joined the Photowatt company, the French PV cell and module manufacturer, and three years later CEA-GENEC, a research laboratory with 25 people focused on PV systems and storage systems, which he managed until 2004. Then, he participated to the setting up of INES, which now hosts 400 researchers involved in all the value chain of solar energy and its applications in networks, buildings and transportation. His position was first Research Programme Manager.


Pietro Menna
European Commission DG ENER, Brussels, Belgium


Stefan Nowakportrait Stefan Nowak
Managing Director of NET Nowak Energy & Technology, Switzerland

Stefan Nowak is an experimental physicist by training. His academic research activities cover thermonuclear fusion, plasma and surface physics as well as thin films. His biography is characterised by a continuous evolution from research to technology management involving aspects of advanced research in different areas of energy, materials and processing. He has a broad technological expertise which covers activities in communication, technology management and policy. He presently works as an energy expert specialised in the field of photovoltaics and renewable energies where he occupies a number of official functions.

Present functions:

  • Managing Director of NET Nowak Energy & Technology Ltd.
  • Programme Manager of the Swiss Federal Photovoltaic RTD Programme
  • Swiss Delegate and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Photovoltaic Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA PVPS)
  • Member and Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform
  • Core member of various international networks and projects


Wim Sinkeportrait Wim Sinke
Program Development Manager, ECN Solar Energy, the Netherlands

Wim Sinke (1955) is Program Development Manager at ECN Solar Energy, Petten, The Netherlands. He studied experimental physics at Utrecht University, where he graduated in 1981. He did PhD research at the FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in Amsterdam and received a doctor’s degree from Utrecht University in 1985 for a thesis entitled “New physical processes for silicon solar cells”. From 1986 to 1987 he was a visiting scientist at the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo, where he worked on amorphous silicon. From 1987 to 1990 he was project leader at AMOLF and was involved in crystalline silicon solar cells and fundamental properties of amorphous silicon, as well as in ion and laser processing of semiconductors. In 1990 he joined the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands ECN to set up and lead a new group on photovoltaics. This group has grown to a size of 80 people and covers a broad range of topics: wafer-based crystalline silicon, thin-film silicon, and polymer solar cells and modules, including life-cycle and economic analyses.

Wim Sinke is a part-time professor at Utrecht University on “Science and Applications of Sustainable Energy Systems” and Chairman of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Royal Dutch Shell Prize 1999 for his contributions to the science and technology of silicon and solar cells and for his role in the creation and development of the Dutch programme on R&D and implementation of photovoltaics, and the European Becquerel Prize 2011 for outstanding merits in photovoltaics.


Arno Smets
Professor Solar Energy at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands


Marko Topič
Chairman ETIP PV -  European Technology & Innovation Platform Photovoltaics, Head of Laboratory of Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Pierre Verlindenportrait Pierre Verlinden
Chief scientist and vice chair, State Key Lab. TRINA Solar, China

Specialities: R&D Management, High-efficiency silicon and multijunction III-V solar cells (design, fabrication, and characterization), Manufacturing of high-efficiency solar cells, IBC, Concentrator PV systems, PV system development, Design and construction of clean room, PV manufacturing line, optoelectronic and power devices

Founder, Director, Amrock Pty Ltd, 2005 – 2012
Principal Scientist, Solar Systems Pty Ltd, 2005 – 2009
Manager, Origin Energy, 2002 – 2005 Director R&D, SunPower, 1994 – 2001
Manager R&D, SunPower Corporation, 1992 – 1994
Manager Solar Cells and Applications, SunPower Corporation, 1991 – 1992
Premier Assistant - Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium, 1987 – 1991
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 1987
Research Assistant, Universitécatholique de Louvain, 1979 – 1987


Angela Grassiportrait Angela Grassi
Managing Director, ETA - Renewable Energies, Italy

Angela Grassi is ETA-Florence Managing Director. Project management based on Economics and Political Science background and experience. Over 20 years organisation and management of high level international Conferences and Exhibitions in the field of Renewable Energies. Executive Committee Member of international conferences. Since 2000 organisation and management of the annual European Biomass Conference and Exhibition.Coordinator of international projects on renewable energies. Responsibilities include project definition, setting up of international teams, guidance and follow-up of project work, reporting, budgeting, project results assessment and dissemination of results. Author and co-author of papers published in proceedings of national and international conferences; contributions to specialised books. Preparation of final project reports for the European Commission. Managing editor of brochures, publications, scientific proceedings.

Peter Helmportrait Peter Helm
Scientific & Managing Director, WIP - Renewable Energies, Germany

Peter Helm is scientific Director at WIP-Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany. His focus is on techno- economic and strategy related networking in the field of renewable energies. Peter Helm is organizer and co-organizer of international conferences and exhibitions that are addressing the wide field of energy, energy efficiency, energy economy.

Peter Helm studied mechanical and processing engineering and obtained his degree at the Technical University of Munich. He added a postgraduate university study in Economics and Business Administration and obtained his PhD. He started his career as scientist at the international Battelle Institute for applied research / Frankfurt / Geneva / Aberdeen / Richland (Washington). Peter Helm performed project leadership for the GTZ / German Agency for technical cooperation in the framework of emerging countries projects. He was project officer for KfW, the German Bank for Reconstruction, for projects in Africa and Latin America. He coordinated national technical projects on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology and the Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation. Peter Helm acts as contracted expert providing scientific and project monitoring assistance to international organisations.