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

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Join the moderated Panel Discussion on Monday morning at the Conference Opening


Paolo Frankl
Head of Renewable Energy Division, IEA - International Energy Agency, France

Multi-Terawatt Photovoltaics – Going Beyond Wholesale Electricity


Giorgina Grenon, Director, 100%RE Solutions ENGIE, France

Nicola Melchiotti, Head of European Public Affairs and Regulation, Enel, Belgium

Thomas Nowak, Secretary General European Heat Pump Association AISBL (EHPA), Belgium

Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor Solar Power Europe (SPE) and Global Solar Council (GSC)

Marko Topič, Chairman of European Technology & Innovation Platform Photovoltaics ETIP PV

Message from the EU PVSEC General Chairman Professor Arno Smets

The photovoltaic revolution is just getting started!

ArnoSmets webThe EU PVSEC 2017, the 33rd edition of the European Photovoltaic Energy Conference and Exhibition, offers you an excellent opportunity to absorb, update and discuss the most recent and relevant developments in photovoltaics. We are honoured to host this world class event this year at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 25-29 September 2017.

Of course, it is not just about great conference location and facilities. It is about sharing our experience and vision on the fast advances in photovoltaic solar energy, that are mind blowing. Global cumulative installed nominal photovoltaic power has surpassed 300 GWp, and the moment that we exceed the magical boarder of 1 Terawatt is in sight. Currently, the wide variety of companies involved in the sector of photovoltaic solar energy facilitate ~2.8 million jobs worldwide. This number is expected to significantly grow in the near future. In 2016, the first tenders were won for solar farms in the Middle East at electricity prices well below 0.03 €/kWh. But even in Northern Europe we can see solar prices that are equally impressive – the lowest bidder in a recent German/Danish tender offered solar power at only 0.05 €/kWh. And the upcoming tender in sunny Spain should lead to solar price bids that are in the 0.03-0.04 €/kWh range. At these prices levels solar is starting to really disrupt the energy markets. The upscaling of battery manufacturing to facilitate the storage needs of the electric car industry has seen unprecedented drops in the cost of batteries. The days of cost-effective storage of solar electricity in autonomous PV systems are in sight and these advances will accelerate the electrification of the world.

Arno Smets
EU PVSEC General Chairman
Professor Solar Energy at Delft University of Technology.

Welcome from the Technical Programme Chair


A very warm welcome to the 33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference! This year EUPVSEC is again the world's largest photovoltaic scientific conference, and a huge thanks to all the authors involved and indeed to all participants. I also take this opportunity to thank the Topic Organisers and the Paper Reviewers who diligently checked all the abstracts (over 1250 this year) and selected the plenaries, orals and visuals to make great programme for the week. Approximately 60% of the contributions were related to photovoltaic materials themselves (advanced concepts, silicon PV and thin film devices), with the balance looking at operational, integration, sustainability and economic aspects, so coverage is truly comprehensive. The plenary and oral sessions (about 30% of the contributions) aim to highlight particularly significant results and status updates on key issues. The contributions in the visual sessions on 4 days (more than 800 posters) provide a wealth of top-class results, ideas and analysis in an equally rewarding format.

The PV sector continues to "walk the talk" in terms of continued robust growth and increasing impact on our energy systems and markets. Just how far this can go will highlighted in the opening panel discussion on how a multi-terawatt PV world could look like, and consequences not just for power, but also for mobility and our living environment. At the same time, large-scale PV needs to be part of the solution to energy access for the growing global population, when even today over 1 billion people lack basic clean energy services.

To meet these challenges, we need to get the best out of our research and innovation work , and this is what EU PVSEC is all about. We're confident that with your contribution, whether in a presentation, questions, comments or informal discussion, the conference will again provide a great forum for exchanging ideas and information, and help create clean energy solutions for the future.
Looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam.

Nigel Taylor
European Commission Joint Research Centre
EU PVSEC Technical Programme Chair

Congratulations to the Becquerel Prize Winner 2017: Stefan Nowak!

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Managing Director of NET Nowak Energy & Technology, Switzerland

Stefan Nowak is an experimental physicist by training with a PhD from Fribourg University and EPFL, Switzerland. His academic research activities covered thermonuclear fusion, plasma and surface physics as well as thin films. His biography is characterised by a continuous evolution from research to technology management involving aspects of advanced research in different areas of energy, materials and processing. He has a broad technological expertise with complementary experience in communication, technology management and policy. Stefan has been working in renewable energy and energy efficiency for more than 25 years with a particular focus and expertise in photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity. Covering the full PV value chain from research to the market, including policy and communication, he is an expert and advisor to many different national and international organisations. 20 years ago, he founded NET Nowak Energy & Technology Ldt., a consultancy specialized in renewable energy, energy and resource efficiency. Stefan serves as a program manager for the Swiss PV RTD programme, coordinator of various PV related EU projects with more than 20 EU ministries and agencies (http://www.solar-era.net) as well as chairman of the International Energy Agency’s photovoltaic technology cooperation programme (IEA PVPS, http://www.iea-pvps.org), one of the largest of its kind within the IEA. The responsibility for this programme over the past 15 years has led to a large network, numerous contacts, experiences and travels related to PV technology and deployment in all 5 continents.

Award Ceremony

The prize will be awarded at the opening of this years European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, 25. September 2017.

On the occasion of this ceremony Dr. Nowak will deliver a key note speech "PV and beyond - from technology to the energy system".


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Detailed Conference Programme & Outline of the Week available

Message of Nigel Taylor, Technical Programme Chairman

I'm delighted to announce the programme for EU PVSEC 2017. Once again the EU PVSEC is offering both a world-class overview and in-depth insights to the latest research. Check out the link below for the listing of presentations, as well as the overall time schedule for the week.

Nigel Taylor
European Commission Joint Research Centre
EU PVSEC Technical Programme Chair

Companies and Organisations Represented at the EU PVSEC 2017

8minutenergy Renewables, LLC. • Aalto University • Abdelmalek Essaadi University • Abet Technologies, Inc. • Access e.V. • Active Solar Innovation • ADRAD GLOBAL RESOURCES LIMITED • Advanced Silicon Group • AFRITEK POWER SOLUTION LIMITED • Agricultural University of Athens • Airbus DS • AIST - National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH • Al Tayseer International Hospital • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg • ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH • aleo solar GmbH • Alpha Assembly Solutions • Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH • AMOLF • Anhalt University of Applied Sciences • ANU - The Australian National University • APM • Apollon Solar • Applied Materials • Applied Research Institute for Prospective Technologies • ArcelorMittal Global R&D • Arizona State University • ASCR -  Academy of Science of the Czech Republic • Asia Silicon (Qinghai) Co., Ltd. • ASM Assembly Systems Ltd • Association FME for Cleantech Holland • ASYS  GmbH • Australian Battery Recycling Initiative • Avancis GmbH • Awan Enterprises • BEAR-iD Sustainable Urban Planners + Architects • Becquerel Institute • Beijing Normal University • Belcast nv • Bentham Instruments Ltd. • BERGER Lichttechnik GmbH & Co. KG • ....

Parallel Events 2017


New and Emerging PV Applications

New and Emerging PV Applications

prepared by the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) – IEA PVPS Task 1

Day: Monday, 25 September 2017
Time: 13:30 - 18:30
Site: EU PVSEC at RAI Convention & Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam
Access: Open to all registered participants

PV System Performance and PV Module Reliability

PV System Performance and PV Module Reliability

jointly with the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) – IEA PVPS Task 13

Day: Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Time: 08:30 - 12:30
Site: EU PVSEC at RAI Convention & Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam
Access: Open to all registered participants



Designing Energies in High Density Areas

jointly with EC-JRC, ENEA and ETA-Florence Renewable Energies

Day: Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Time: 08:30 - 13:30
Site: EU PVSEC at RAI Convention & Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam
Access: Open to all registered participants

BIPV – Bridging the Gap between PV Industry Supply and Construction Industry Demand

BIPV – Bridging the Gap between PV Industry Supply and Construction Industry Demand

jointly with the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) – IEA PVPS Task 15 and the Zuyd University of Applied Science

Day: Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Time: afternoon
Site: EU PVSEC at RAI Convention & Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam
Access: Open to all registered participants

B2B Matchmaking - Solar Match 2017B2B Matchmaking

The EU PVSEC Solar Match 2017 offers professionals in the PV solar energy industry a unique opportunity to keep updated on the sector and its actors, and meet qualified contacts in a short amount of time.

Target group: The event is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research institutions and universities who are active in the field of PV Solar energy.



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The Solar Industry Forum will be the meeting point for all industry stakeholders to exchange cutting edge information and raise their knowledge about the future of the manufacturing industry in the Solar PV sector.

The Solar Industry Forum is an event embedded within the EU PVSEC, providing an alternative path for attendees with an industry background, allowing them to attend EU PVSEC’s scientific sessions in parallel with the Solar Industry Forum sessions.



Coordination of the Technical Programme

1 0 EC JRC


Institutional PV Industry Cooperation

2 1 SolarPowerEurope     2 2 SOLARUNITED

Institutional Support

1 1 EC


1 3 WCRE

 Supporting Organisations

  • 3 1 ESA
  • 3 2 EREF
  • 3 3 EUFORES
  • 3 4 REN21
  • 3 5 IEA PVPS
  • 3 6 EUPVTP
  • 3 7 0 TKI
  • 3 7 EUREC
  • 3 8 ARE


Supporting Associations

  • 4 1 AIE
  • 4 2 CABA
  • 4 3 EPIC
  • 4 4 SASIA
  • 4 5 AREA
  • 4 6 GENSED
  • 4 7 MPIA


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