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The 35th EU PVSEC 2018 closed its doors on 28 September 2018
Some Highlights of the Conference
Congratulations to the Poster and Student Award Winners 2018
Save the date: The 36th EU PVSEC 2019 will take place from 09 - 13 September in Marseille, France
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The 35th EU PVSEC 2018 closed its doors on 28 September 2018


Attracting 2,037 participants, the 35th EU PVSEC 2018 continued to be the largest scientific conference in the field of photovoltaic solar energy, and with more than 80 participating countries the conference confirmed its global reach. Almost 1,000 presentations were brought to the audience during the five days.



While solar is already the lowest cost power generation source in many places in the world, it is now about speeding up the efforts to quickly utilizing this unique clean and distributed power technology to combat climate change,” said Dr. Pierre Verlinden, Conference General Chairman, at the closing ceremony. “We need 100%-decarbonized electricity generation to power all energy sectors and industrial processes – and PV will play a central role."


Some Highlights of the Conference


Dr. Robert Kenny, European Commission Joint Research Centre and Technical Programme Chair, said, ”A fascinating week long scientific programme clearly showed that solar researchers and industry are ready to support a much faster growth of solar power to make the energy transition a real success story. I am pleased that a lot of this impressive progress is due to EU funded research.




The EU PVSEC highlights included:

  • PERC solar cell technology has become the new solar cell standard. Now it is about advancing cell technology to the next level. Passivating contacts, heterojunction and back contacts are the path to higher cell efficiencies.
  • Silicon tandem research cells are approaching the 30% efficiency level: The best efficiency for an InGaP/GaAs/Si 3-junction cell presented was 28.7%.
  • Thin-film solar technology continues its progress - a world record commercial CIGS thin-film solar module of over 18% was presented.
  • With advanced silicon cell architectures being naturally bifacial, solar researchers and industry are all working on putting bifacial technology in the field. While gains of 20% are easily achievable, scientists are working on how to make best use of bifacial systems.
  • Several researchers presented work on modelling future energy scenarios with up to 100% renewables based on solar as the central pillar.
  • Pierre Verlinden added, “In 2017, the PV industry has installed almost 100 GW of PV systems, equivalent to 39% of all new added global electricity generating capacity. We are very proud of the accomplishment of the PV research community and the global PV industry, and we are already looking forward to next year’s EU PVSEC.

Congratulations to the Poster and Student Award Winners 2018




Poster Award Winners 2018

On the occasion of the 35th EU PVSEC 2018 the following outstanding scientific posters were deemed to be an exemplary contribution.



Student Award Winners 2018

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

Save the date: The 36th EU PVSEC 2019 will take place from 09 - 13 September in Marseille, France



 

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