25 - 29 Sept. 2017, RAI Convention & Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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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