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The EU PVSEC 2017 closed its doors on 29 September 2017
New world record efficiencies and technical advances - Some Highlights of the Conference
Congratulations to the Poster and Student Award Winners 2017
35th EU PVSEC will take place from 24 - 28 September 2018 in Brussels, Belgium
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The EU PVSEC 2017 closed its doors on 29 September 2017


We would like to thank all the participants of the EU PVSEC 2017!


With you, the EU PVSEC continues to be the world’s largest scientific conference on solar energy. The EU PVSEC 2017 from 25 to 29 September in Amsterdam attracted 2,516 participants to the Conference and Exhibition. Solar experts from 65 countries made 1,107 presentations.



The Solar Revolution is just starting,” said Arno Smets, General Chairman of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), at the closing session of the world’s largest scientific event, which took place in Amsterdam from 25 – 29 September 2017. “While solar power is already the lowest-cost power generation source in many regions of the world, beating coal and other conventional energy sources and quickly growing, its share is still very small, in the low single-digit percentage range – with many challenges ahead of us.



New world record efficiencies and technical advances - Some Highlights of the Conference


Nigel Taylor, Technical Chairman of EU PVSEC and Project Leader Renewables at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, said, “The major new world record efficiencies and technical advances in solar power and energy storage presented at EU PVSEC clearly show the crucial role of research and development in the energy transition. The European Commission supports, appreciates and counts on the efforts of the solar R&D community as we are working on the ‘Clean Energy For All Europeans’ initiative, a comprehensive legislative package that will provide the policy framework for an energy economy based on renewables in Europe.



Some of the highlights in the field of cell and module technology presented by international solar researchers from science and industry at EU PVSEC include:

  • ISFH and NREL showed ways to overcome the theoretical limit for single junction crystalline cells of 29% by moving to two junction cells – with a silicon base and a III-V top cell. The joint European-US research group reached 31.1%
  • Kaneka from Japan improved the world record for crystalline silicon solar cells to 26.7%
  • Fraunhofer ISE from Germany reported a 22.3 % world-record efficiency for multi-crystalline silicon solar cell technology, which has been the workhorse of the solar industry for many years
  • Trina Solar from China showed a 24.1% screen-printed back-contact IBC silicon solar cell
  • Several thin-film companies improved efficiencies for CIGS cell technology – Solar Frontier showed a 19.8% mini-module, Avancis demonstrated 18.2 % on 30 x 30 cm for CIGS and Solibro showed a “17% Total Area Efficiency at Commercial Size CIGS Module”
  • Toyota from Japan presented innovative solar modules for automotive applications
  • Dutch architecture firm Unstudio and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) reported aesthetic solar module solutions for building integration

Proceedings 2017 expected mid November 2017.

Congratulations to the Poster and Student Award Winners 2017


Congratulation to the Poster Awards Winners 2017!

On the occasion of the EU PVSEC 2017 the following outstanding scientific posters were deemed to be an exemplary contribution.



Congratulation to the Student Award Winners 2017!

To encourage high-quality work among young researchers, the EU PVSEC Student Awards are delivered in recognition of the most remarkable and outstanding research work in the field of PV on the occasion of the EU PVSEC.


35th EU PVSEC will take place from 24 - 28 September 2018 in Brussels, Belgium


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