EU PVSEC New No 82

Solar PV: Changing Our Energy System
Congratulations to the Becquerel Prize Winner 2016: Prof. Christophe Ballif
Congratulation to the Student Award Winners 2016
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Solar PV: Changing Our Energy System

At the upcoming EU PVSEC, we will hold a parallel event together with the International Energy Agency (IRENA) on how solar power is changing our energy system.

Solar PV has become a key energy technology. Continuous innovation and deployment have seen deployment levels grow from 38 GW to more than 230 GW in the last 5 years – and very soon we will see more total PV capacity installed than nuclear power (see graph). In both developed and developing countries, large-scale utility-scale solar PV systems have beaten new gas- or coal-fired power stations in terms of costs. Rooftop solar PV systems provide households with cheaper electricity than buying electricity from the grid. And solar power prices continue to drop quickly.

Global Installed Capacity Solar, Wind and Nuclear (end of 2014, GW)

source: IRENA 2015

Total installed PV capacity reached in 20 years the same amount that nuclear energy achieved within a 60 year-time span. By end of 2014, PV had nearly 180 GW (see graph), by end of 2015, it was 230 GW, and early 2017, it will reach 300 GW.

Solar PV is truly changing our energy system. However, with this transformation comes new challenges that need to be addressed if the rapid growth in solar PV is continue. How do we ensure that solar PV becomes the preferred power source to satisfy future electricity demand? Solar PV has the potential (1550 GW by 2030 in the latest IRENA vision), but it is by no means a certainty and for its potential to be fully realized policy makers, regulators and investors need to set and operate in the right business, legal and regulatory environment.

Solutions exist, further R&D needed: Part of the solution must also be continued rapid technology progress and innovation, both learning-by-doing for crystalline cell production and performance, as well as new technologies and materials based on fundamental R&D efforts. Systems integration and sector coupling creates new technology challenges such as the need for greater system flexibility, while electricity storage will become important early for islands and other small isolated networks and could be important in the longer term for large integrated networks as well. This will be happening against a backdrop where localised electricity production by PV systems will likely be cheaper than electricity from centralised power stations further away, pushing today’s utility model to its limit.

IRENA has undertaken analysis to provide a solid and compelling outlook for solar PV, and inform policy makers and the general audience of the transformative power provided by solar PV, as well as many of the many technology innovations needed. The scope of analysis is global, but is centered on two questions:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges for solar PV in electricity systems with stagnating versus expanding electricity needs?
  • What will the importance be of distributed versus centralised solar PV systems within these different constituencies?

Event topics: You are invited to join the IRENA / EU PVSEC Parallel Event to hear about recent research and work by IRENA and others into the issues facing the continued accelerated installation of solar PV, with a focus on:

  • The evolution of Solar PV in growing and stagnating electricity markets
  • Recent and future trends in innovation for solar PV and the enabling technologies for high shares of variable renewables
  • The right enabling policies to support solar PV, the transition to a sustainable energy sector, as well as the regulatory and market changes required

When & where: The IRENA / EU PVSEC Parallel Event ‘Solar PV: Changing Our Energy System’ will take place on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 from 8:30 – 12:30 in Auditorium Room 4.

Congratulations to the Becquerel Prize Winner 2016: Prof. Christophe Ballif

Prof. Christophe Ballif,

Director EPFL "Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory”

and “CSEM PV- Center”, Neuchatel, Switzerland,

is the Becquerel Prize winner 2016.


The Becquerel Prize will be awarded on Monday, 20 June 2016, 12:15, during the Opening of the Conference in the Main Auditorium Room 1. Acceptance speech: “From power to aesthetics, from nano to terawatts: how can solar change people?”

European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics

The European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics is being awarded on the occasion of the EU PVSEC Conference. This prize was established by the European Commission in 1989 to mark the 150th anniversary of Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel’s discovery of the photovoltaic effect in 1839, which laid the foundation of both, photovoltaics and photography.

Congratulation to the Student Award Winners 2016

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 2016.

Congratulation to the Student Award Winners 2016!

The prizes will be awarded during the Conference. Take the chance to attend the presentation of their outstanding work!

Monday, 20 June 2016

  • Mr. Francois Gibelli
    CNRS, Chatou, France
    1AO.1.5 Different Electron and Hole Thermodynamics from Hot Carrier Solar Cell Modeling

  • Mr. Antonio David Utrilla
    UPM - Technical University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
    1AO.3.3 Thin GaAsSb Capping Layers for Improved Performance of InAs/GaAs Quantum Dot Solar Cell

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

  • Mr. Thomas Allen
    ANU - The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
    2BP.1.3 Calcium Contacts to n-Type Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

  • Mr. Gilbert El Hajje
    CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Chatou, France
    3CO.5.2 Quantitative Mapping of Interface Defects in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells Using Photoluminescence-Based Methods

  • Mr. Jens Czolk
    KIT Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
    3CO.8.5 Highly Efficient, All-Solution Processed, Mechanically Flexible, Semi-Transparent Organic Solar Modules

  • Mr. Blaž Kirn
    University of Ljubljana UL-FE, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    5CO.16.1 Combining Solar Irradiance Databases and PV Performance Model for PV System Performance Analysis

Thursday, 23 June 2016

  • Mr. Mohsen Goodarzi
    ANU - The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
    2DO.4.1 Modelling and Characterization of Multicrystalline Silicon Blocks by Quasi-Steady-State Photoconductance

  • Mr. Dominic C. Walter
    ISFH Institut für Solarenergieforschung GmbH, Emmerthal, Germany
    2DO.1.1 Ultrafast Lifetime Regeneration in an Industrial Belt-Line Furnace Applying Intense Illumination at Elevated Temperature

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