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

Conference Topics

  TOPIC 1:
New Materials and Concepts for Photovoltaic Devices
 
 

1.1 Fundamental Studies
Theoretical studies of materials, cells and modules; new measurement techniques, modelling and simulation.

1.2 New Materials and Concepts for Cells and Modules
New cell materials and concepts, use of nanotechnologies and quantum effects. New module materials and concepts, also including embedded electronics and/or storage.

 

 

  TOPIC 2:
Silicon Photovoltaics
 
 

2.1 Feedstock, Crystallisation, Wafering, Defect Engineering
Novel and advanced production technologies for silicon, ingots and wafers, solar-grade silicon properties and specifications, testing, performance, costs. Influence of crystallisation parameters, impact of residual defects and impurities, and their mitigation.

2.2 Homojunction Solar Cells
PERC, PERT, Al-BSF and other: advanced solar cell architectures for higher efficiency, surface and contact passivation and metallisation.

2.3 Heterojunction Solar Cells
Advanced solar cell architectures for higher efficiency, heterojunction devices, new processes and materials for junction formation, surface and contact passivation and metallisation.

2.4 Thin Film and Foil-Based Solar Cells
Amorphous and microcrystalline silicon, thin crystalline silicon, silicon foils (<20µm): theoretical studies, innovation in processing and manufacturing technologies, manufacturing up-scaling.

2.5 Characterisation & Simulation Methods
Measurement and modelling of innovative cell concepts.

2.6 Manufacturing & Production
Novel or improved manufacturing solutions and strategies, automated production processes and systems; quality and reliability in production.

 

 

  TOPIC 3:
Thin Film Photovoltaics
 
 

3.1 CI(G)S, CdTe and Related Thin Film Solar Cells and Modules
Theoretical studies, innovation in processing and manufacturing technologies, manufacturing up-scaling, measurement and characterisation, modelling, quality and reliability in production.

3.2 Perovskite, Organic and Dye-Sensitised Devices
Perovskite materials and devices, polymer PV and other organic materials and devices, dye-sensitised cells and modules, hybrid tandems and other devices: preparation methods, material properties, device performance, stability aspects, modelling; manufacturing and up-scaling technologies and strategies, quality and reliability in production.

 

 

  TOPIC 4:
Concentrator and Space Photovoltaics
 
  4.1 III-V-Based Devices for Terrestrial and Space Applications
Novel cell architectures, materials, technologies and processing for III-V-multi-junction cells. Electrical characterisation and modelling of cells and modules. Techniques for measuring concentrator and space solar cells, assemblies and modules. Space solar generators design, technology and in-orbit experience.
 

 

  TOPIC 5:
Performance, Reliability and Sustainability of Photovoltaic Modules and Balance of System Components
 
 

5.1 PV Module Performance and Reliability
New and improved measurement and characterisation methods, correlation between laboratory testing and field performance, energy yield, energy rating, type approval testing, degradation, ageing and lifetime.

5.2 Inverters and Balance of System Components
Inverters, power optimisers, micro-inverters (AC modules), monitoring systems, batteries, charge regulators, safety switches, measurements and testing, mounting structures, trackers, cabling.

5.3 Sustainability and Recycling
Safety and environmental issues; life-cycle analysis of modules and systems, CO2 footprint ,water use, sustainability of materials for PV components and systems, customised products and sustainable design, product regulation concepts, recycling and waste management, decommissioning, PV in the circular economy.

 

 

  TOPIC 6:
PV System Performance and Integration
 
 

6.1 Solar Resource and Forecasting
Solar resource assessment, measurements and monitoring, meteorological forecasting, now-casting, analysis of ground station and satellite data.

6.2 Design and Operation of PV Systems
Planning, installation, grid interfacing, cost analyses, monitoring, simulation tools, system failure analysis, operation and maintenance,  system reliability, operational safety, large-scale PV plants, stand-alone (off-grid) and hybrid systems.

6.3 Building, Infrastructure and Landscape Applications
Design, architectural and landscape aspects; near-zero energy building issues; PV products for buildings: electric and thermal performance , safety aspects, integrated mounting structures, multi-functionality; building, environment and other regulatory concepts;  PV in vehicles; PV in roads and other transport infrastructure.

6.4 Grid and Energy System Integration
Grid management at high penetration, integrated supply-demand concepts with heating/cooling, heat pumps, storage, demand side management and electromobility, ICT integration aspects including security, other hybrid applications e.g. power-to-gas, hydrogen generation, PV and lighting, PV and desalination.

 

 

  TOPIC 7:
PV Economics, Markets and Policies
 
 

7.1 PV Economics and Markets
Economics and competitiveness of PV, economics of the PV industry e.g. drivers for  production cost decreases, learning curves, trade cases impact, market assessment and projections, innovative business models for production, deployment and operation; financing and investment (from roof top to utility scale), PV as dispatchable power (including storage and grid services), soft costs, market design, power purchase agreements, utility initiatives, role of prosumers, role of PV for the energy system, integrated energy system modeling.

7.2 PV-Related Policies, Strategies and Societal Issues
Policy and regulatory framework, relevance of PV for society, public acceptance, awareness campaigns, communication methods and tools, education and training, job creation; R&D strategies and programs, international cooperation and partnerships, IPR, administrative and legal issues, PV in climate change mitigation.

 

 

 

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For any questions concerning abstract submission please contact:

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Mr. Jon de Gregorio

+49-89 720 12 723
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Message from the Technical Programme Chair

Game On

The COP-21 Agreement came into force 4 November 2016, having reached the threshold for ratification by over 55 Parties representing at least 55% of global emissions already in October – indeed, this number has since grown. We're now facing an exciting and extremely challenging situation, in which we as a global PV community need to develop energy systems capable of delivering major greenhouse emission reductions, while ensuring sustainable development opportunities for all.

No one doubts that solar photovoltaic electricity will play a fundamental role in making this happen, thanks to the technology and market developments over the last twenty years. But it probably won't be PV as we know it today, and this is where European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition comes in.

By attracting the best researchers, scientists, engineers, developers and designers for a week of presentations and discussions, EU PVSEC aims to give a comprehensive insight about the state-of-the art and where the sector can go in the future.  At the core as always are the PV technologies themselves, ranging from the new options being created by application of nanotechnologies, to innovations in the industry workhorse crystalline silicon and the latest developments over the full spectrum of thin-film products and concepts. However equally important are system operation, integrated "smart" applications and market development aspects. All these have prominent places in the proposed programme.

EU PVSEC 2016 was again the world's largest PV research event with 1742 participants from 73 countries. We hope you will be part of the 2017 edition of EU PVSEC and warmly encourage you to submit your abstract. 

The programme of plenary, oral and visual presentations is selected after assessment by independent reviewers. Final papers are published in the EU PVSEC Proceedings, a highly respected conference series going back to 1992.  They are DOI coded, and permanently and unequivocally citable.

Looking forward to receiving your abstract!

Dr. Nigel Taylor
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
Technical Programme Chair, on behalf of the EUPVSEC Scientific Committee

  

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Dr. Nigel Taylor

European Commission
Joint Research Centre,
Ispra, Italy

Technical Programme Chair, on behalf of the EUPVSEC Scientific Committee

 

 

 

 

Helpful Hints for Abstract Submission

This page contains helpful hints for the submission of your abstract for the EU PVSEC Conference.

1. CONTENT AND FORMAT OF YOUR ABSTRACT

Abstracts (preferably 1 page + up to 3 explanatory pages) shall be written in English and include short sections addressing:
  • Aim and approach used
  • Scientific innovation and relevance
  • Results or preliminary results and conclusions

This information provides the basis for the review and programme selection process, so please make sure to address all three aspects.

Authors also need to provide:

  • Applicable topic (1 to 7) and sub-topic number (e.g. 1.2)
  • Full paper title
  • Full name, affiliation, address, phone/fax/e-mail of one author for all correspondence
  • For all other authors, full name, affiliation and e-mail
The total length should not be more than four A4 pages

2. HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT

  1. Send your Late Abstract to the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. The correct subtopic (please see the Conference Topics) must be indicated in the abstract to ensure a correct scoring. The abstract content must be related to the subtopic chosen.
  3. Send your abstract in PDF format. Please make sure that your abstract PDF is not password protected. 
  4. You will receive an email notification after successful abstract submission. If you do not receive this email within 72 hours of submission, please contact us by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to check the status of your submission.
  5. If you would like to withdraw your abstract after submission, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. HOW IS MY ABSTRACT EVALUATED?

     1. Abstract Review Process and Notification of Authors

The international Scientific Committee, made up of around 180 leading experts from the global PV community, will review all abstracts that have been submitted on time and in the correct format, and suggest contributions for oral or for visual/poster presentation.

The main selection criteria are:

  Content
• in line with the selected subtopic
• relevance for other groups active in PV
• clearly understandable and direct to the point
  Innovation
advancement in terms of progress and novelty
  Quality
scientific quality as well as the probability of a good presentation at the conference

If positively evaluated by the Scientific Committee, the abstract will be selected for Plenary, Oral or Visual/poster presentation. Plenaries and Oral presentations are reserved for contributions covering a wider scope which are of interest to a broader audience and address the progress and novelties within the topic. Visual/poster presentations are mostly dedicated to issues of interest for specialists in a particular field.

Corresponding authors will be notified of the outcome of their abstract’s evaluation by email in mid-April 2017.
      

 

Presentation Formats

Keynote plenary Presentation
30 minutes speaking slot with Power Point

Plenary Presentation
20 minutes speaking slot with Power Point

Oral Presentation
15 minutes speaking slot with Power Point

Visual/Poster Presentation
Presentation through poster displayed during 4 days (Monday – Thursday) of the Conference. During Visual presentation sessions, authors of posters are requested to be present at their posters at the time indicated in the Conference Programme. This will give all delegates the opportunity for direct interaction, questions and discussion.

 

 

     2.  Presentations and manuscripts

After the notification of authors, the Notes for Authors and Instructions for Preparation of Papers will be available online. These documents contain important information on how to prepare your presentation and your manuscript to be included in the Conference Proceedings.

 
4. IMPORTANT KEYDATES:

  10 February 2017   Deadline for submission of abstracts
  February - Mid-April 2017   Abstracts review and evaluation by the Scientific Committee
  Mid-April 2017
  Notification of authors
  During EU PVSEC 2017
(25-29 September)
  Submission of manuscript for the Conference Proceedings

 
5. REGISTRATION OF PRESENTERS/AUTHORS

Presenters and authors have to register for the Conference and to pay the respective conference registration fee. Please note that acceptance of your abstract for presentation in the Conference Programme, does not automatically register you for the Conference.

 

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EU PVSEC Student Award 2017 application process and Call for Papers open now!

To encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers, on the occasion of the EU PVSEC 2017 the EU PVSEC Student Awards will be delivered in recognition of the most remarkable and outstanding research work in the field of PV. The Scientific Committee may nominate up to 7 awardees, max. one per main Conference Subject.

In order to apply for the EU PVSEC Student Awards applicants must:

  • be officially matriculated students, including PhD students, at the date of 10 February 2017
  • submit an abstract (one page plus up to 3 explanatory pages) to the EU PVSEC via the User Area of this website by 10 February 2017
  • upload in addition to the abstract a letter of recommendation stating the name of the applicant and the institution where the research work is supervised, confirming that the applicant is an officially matriculated student at this institution. Recommendations should include a report of one A4 page that outlines how the research work will make an outstanding contribution to the discipline and what the specific contribution of the applicant is. The report can only be made by a student's supervisor(s) or head of department.

If you wish to participate in the Student Award review process, please tick the corresponding box while submitting your abstract via the User Area on this website. Note that only abstracts with the attached letter of recommendation will be considered.


Congratulations to the Student Award winners 2016!

Mr. Francois Gibelli
CNRS, Chatou, France
1AO.1.5 Different Electron and Hole Thermodynamics from Hot Carrier Solar Cell Modeling 
  2016 StudentAward 1 Gibelli
     
 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
    2016 StudentAward 2 Utrilla
     
Mr. Thomas Allen
ANU - The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
2BP.1.3 Calcium Contacts to n-Type Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells
  2016 StudentAward 3 Allen
     
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
  2016 StudentAward 5 Goodarzi
     
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
  2016 StudentAward 4 Walteri
     
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
  2016 StudentAward 6 Hajjei
     
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
  2016 StudentAward 7 Czolk
     
Mr. Bla┼ż Kirn
University of Ljubljana UL-FE, Ljubljana, Slovenia
5CO.16.1 Combining Solar Irradiance Databases and PV Performance Model for PV System Performance Analysis
  2016 StudentAward 8 Kirn
 

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To encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers, on the occasion of the EU PVSEC 2017 the EU PVSEC Student Awards will be delivered in recognition of the most remarkable and outstanding research work in the field of PV.

 

 

 

Instructions / Notes for Authors

Notes for Authors of Plenary, Oral and Visual Presentations

Please download here the detailed instructions for the preparation of your Plenary, Oral or Visual Presentation to be presented on site at the Conference in Amsterdam.


Instructions for Preparation of Papers

The Instructions below (for download) include important information on how to prepare and submit your manuscripts. Please read the notes carefully, and follow them precisely. Your paper must be written in English. The layout of your paper should be exactly the same as the master document "Instructions for Preparation of Papers" below.

To write your paper, save the document with a new name (use your session code as the name for the document) and use it as a guide and template. Substitute the text with the text of your paper without changing the layout.

Do not change font type and size, line spacing, page margins and the structure of this document. Do not insert page numbers and page headers/footers. Ignoring these instructions might cause problems and delays in the publication of the Conference Proceedings.


Registration Of Presenters/Authors

Presenters and authors have to register for the Conference and to pay the respective conference registration fee. Please note that acceptance of your abstract for presentation in the Conference Programme, does not automatically register you for the Conference.

 

 

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If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us:

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EU PVSEC Programme Secretariat
Mr. Jon de Gregorio

+49-89 720 12 723
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