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

Welcome from the host country

Belgium and the City of Brussels are very pleased and honored to host the EU PVSEC 2018!

Electricity generation from the Sun is one of the key technologies to realize the transition to a sustainable Energy system with a large share of renewables. This conviction is subject to a growing consensus amongst the different policy levels in Belgium and the Regions. Since 2 years we see again a healthy expansion of the PV-market in Belgium and it is often forgotten that the amount of installed PV/inhabitant in our country is amongst the highest in Europe. Therefore we are more than ever convinced: PV is here to stay and flourish further.

Large-scale generation of sustainable electricity can be used not only to cover electricity demand, but also for heating purposes and perhaps even for fuels and products. This conviction is clearly translated into our innovation and deployment policies. PV is an important topic in the ambitious federal and regional innovation programs as, for instance, the Flux 50 Energy program which aims at paving the way towards a highly integrated energy infrastructure linking electricity, thermal and gas networks to increase the flexibility of the system.

 JeffPoortmansBelgium, being a densely populated country, offers massive opportunities for integration of PV into buildings, infrastructure and landscape and combinations with offshore and on-shore wind energy, biomass, and energy storage bear the great promise of combining cost-effectiveness, large resilience of the energy system and security of supply. The seamless deployment of PV in the built environment opens up a bright perspective of new industrial opportunities where manufacturing has to take place close to the end customer and numerous new services are to be provided to support and maintain such a PV-infrastructure We are looking forward to the EU PVSEC as the forum where ideas are exchanged on technology consequences and business models to make this happen.

Belgium has a great tradition in organizing top-level exchange meetings between scientists– remind the famous Solvay Conferences in the early days of the 20th century where famous scientists like Einstein, Bohr, ... were discussing in depth the new insights in physics which would revolutionize science. From the early phases of photovoltaic energy deployment the scientific and technological aspects were supported by leading institutes in Belgium and the EU PVSEC 2018 is the perfect place for them to showcase this pioneering role and to interact with their partners and competitors. Therefore we look forward to the exchange of exciting developments in PV science, technology and applications and all related topics, between stakeholders from all over the world. We hope to see you here from 24 to 28 September 2018 in Brussels in an atmosphere where the useful is combined with the pleasant, another Belgian characteristic!

Prof. Jef Poortmans
Director [email protected]
R&D Strategy Coordinator of EnergyVille


National Leadership

National group leadership in contact with Belgian authorities, research entities, organisations, PV related industries for concerted actions to prepare the EU PVSEC 2018 in Brussels

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Dr. Jozef Poortmans received his degree in electronic engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium, in 1985. He immediately joined the newly created Microelectronics R&D-center imec and he received the Ph.D. degree in 1993 for his work on strained SiGe-alloys for advanced bipolar transistors.

After his Ph.D he joined the photovoltaics group, where he has been active in thin-film Si PV, III-V solar cells, organic solar cells and perovskites. Presently, he is Scientific Director of the PV and Energy activities of imec. In 2013 he was appointed imec Fellow for his contribution and impact. He is also part-time Professor at the K.U.Leuven and University Hasselt. Since September 2016 he is Coordinator R&D-strategy of EnergyVille, an institutional partnership between imec, VITO, KULeuven and University Hasselt focused on the themes of Smart Cities and Smart Grids.

He has been a Board Member of Eurec Agency and is presently member of the Steering Committee of the ETIP PV (European Technology & Innovation Platform PV). He also acted as Chairman of the 21st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference & Exhibition in Dresden, 2006 and of the SiliconPV 2012 Conference.