37th EU PVSEC, 07 - 11 September 2020

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The Most Inspiring Platform for the Global PV Solar Sector

The EU PVSEC is the largest international Conference for Photovoltaic research, technologies and applications and at the same time a PV Industry Exhibition, where specialized PV Industry presents technologies, innovations and new concepts in the upstream PV sector. It gathers the global PV community to present and discuss the latest developments in Photovoltaics, to network and to conduct business. It is the world-renowned science-to-science and science-to-industry platform uniquely focused on the global PV Solar sector. The conference scientific programme is coordinated by the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

Thank you!

We want to thank all speakers and presenters, chairpersons, authors and co-authors, committee members and participants for their support, hard work and feedback.

Together, we contributed to the success of the EU PVSEC 2020 online.


All presentations are available for streaming-on-demand on the Online Event Platform for one full month after the event!


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The EU PVSEC 2020 online closed its virtual doors

Despite concerns about a virtual event, the EU PVSEC 2020 online was a huge success and numbers confirm it:
With over 850 live presentations across 5 days, 1.500 participants from 65 countries were virtually connected. The opening session was streamed live on Youtube and caught the attention of over 3.000 viewers.

After 5 days of news and updates about the latest developments in the PV and solar energy sector, we are happy to conclude the EU PVSEC with hopeful words from our General Chair Prof. Nicola Pearsall. Creating a sustainable energy supply must become our main objective, and only together, through exchange and cooperation, we can achieve this goal.

Stay healthy and see you in 2021! 

EU PVSEC 2020 online is in full swing

The EU PVSEC 2020 online opened its virtual doors on Monday, 7 September 2020.

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Missed the Opening Session? Watch it now:

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- Scientific Opening / Plenary Session AP.1 Innovations in Photovoltaics
- Becquerel Prize Ceremony

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- Opening Addresses

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- Moderated Panel Discussion, Topic: "The role of PV in the Green Deal and the EU Recovery Package - Perspectives and chances for a sustainable future?"


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Prof. Henry Snaith, Becquerel Prize Winner 2020, University of Oxford | EU PVSEC General Chair Prof. Nicola Pearsall | Elias de Keyser, Next Kraftwerke | Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SolarPower Europe, Belgium | Dr. Gunter Erfurt, CEO, Meyer Burger, Germany | Prof. Marko Topič, Chair of ETIP PV, Professor at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia | Paolo Rossi, Director, AEM SA, Switzerland | Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink, Former European Commission Joint Research Centre

Introductory words from Conference General Chair Prof. Nicola Pearsall

Having spent all my research career working in photovoltaics, the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC) has been a fixture in my diary since my days as a young post-doctoral researcher.

Whilst I already had an interest in solar energy when I started my PhD, I didn’t realise that it would be sustained across the whole of my research career. I have worked in lots of areas of PV research, from making the cells to monitoring and analysing PV systems and investigating the environmental impact of making and using PV devices.

There are two particular aspects of the EU PVSEC that I look forward to each year. Firstly, the range of topics covered during the week allows me to keep up with the current advances in a variety of areas. Secondly, it is an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues and make new contacts for the future. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to explore some topics outside their normal research area – it may help you identify future challenges and interests for your research.

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Prof. Nicola Pearsall
Emerita Professor of Renewable Energy
in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment
Northumbria University, UK

You want to know more about Prof. Pearsall and her career? Check out the full article.


This year the EU PVSEC will take place online

General description of the EU PVSEC 2020 online

The EU PVSEC 2020 will be a full online event maintaining all the basic features that a physical event is recognisable for: Live presentations in all cases (Plenary, Oral and Visual) and the possibility of live interaction between presenters and audience (questions, debate) via face to face tools and Q&A chat.

As the organizer of the EU PVSEC, it is an important issue for us to preserve our high-quality standards and to create an interesting, vivid online platform for the international PV community. That is why the EU PVSEC is taking news steps ahead and offers innovative solutions for this complicated year of 2020, to offer the most similar experience to an on-site event in the PV sector. The event will take place in CEST, UTC/GMT +2 hours, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Munich time.

On top of the unique live features, all presentations will be available for streaming on demand to all participants for one full month after the conference.


Briefings for Speakers/Presenters and Chairpersons, and technical tests

Discover the versatility of EU PVSEC!



The EU PVSEC is more than a congress. It gathers the global PV community to conduct business, to network and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations in Photovoltaics. It is the world renowned science-to-science, business-to-business and science-to-industry platform with a full and only focus on the global PV Solar sector.




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 EUREC
  • 3 8 ARE
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Supporting Associations

  • 4 1 AIE
  • 4 2 CABA
  • 4 5 AREA


Cooperating Events

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