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

35th EU PVSEC 2018 Conference General Chairman

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Pierre Verlinden as Conference General Chair of the 35th EU PVSEC, following the withdrawal of Dr. Dominique Neerinck for personal reasons. Dr. Piotr Szymanski, chair of the EU PVSEC International Scientific Advisory Committee,  commented: we welcome Pierre Verlinden and are confident that he will excel in this assignment. He is a distinguished member of the global PV community and I am convinced that he will contribute to the success of this event. All the very best to Dominique Neerinck and many thanks for his contributions.

Dr. Pierre J. Verlinden

pierre verlinden webDr. Pierre J. Verlinden is Managing Director of AMROCK, a PV technology consulting company, and visiting Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. Dr Verlinden has been working in the field of photovoltaics for 40 years and has published over 200 technical papers and contributed to a number of books. From 2012 to 2018, Dr Verlinden served as Chief Scientist, Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology at Trina Solar, China, one of the world’s largest PV manufacturers. Previously, he has managed the R&D department or served as Chief Scientist in several PV companies in USA and Australia, including SunPower, Origin Energy and Solar Systems. Dr Verlinden is the recipient of the 2016 William Cherry Award, awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and one of the world highest distinctions in PV research, for his dedication over the past three decades at the forefront of PV technology and commercialization, leading technology advances including the interdigitated back contact cell, silicon and multijunction III-V CPV cells, and his overall leadership of key R&D organizations. Dr Verlinden is also recipient of the 2017 Chinese Government Friendship Award, the highest award given by China to foreigners.


Chairman's Message

It is my great honour and great pleasure to invite you to attend the next EU PVSEC to be held for the first time in my home town, the beautiful city of Brussels, the capital and the heart of Europe.  The EU PVSEC has always been for me a special event where we are updated on all aspects of the latest photovoltaic technology developments, as well as on other topics such as new policies, market trends, social and educational impacts. Over the last 4 decades, the EU PVSEC has been for me an important forum, source of inspiration, a week of fruitful reflection on my work and a time to meet friends and colleagues from all over the world.

The world is now at a turning point where we have the opportunity to stabilize CO2 concentration and possibly reverse climate change. Alternatively, we risk to experience the devastating effects of the changing global climate as a result of energy intensive behaviour. The responsibility of the PV scientific and industrial community is enormous.  PV has already demonstrated cost competitiveness against other sources of energy in many parts of the world and is becoming the most important technology for new electricity generation capacity. We must continue, if not accelerate, the deployment of PV as the race against climate change is intensifying.  I am certain that the PV industry is capable of making the investment and of delivering PV systems at a multi-TeraWatt level. I am also convinced our objective must be for 100% of the energy consumed for electricity generation, transportation, heating and cooling, and industrial processes, be provided by renewable energy.  In partnership with the wind industry, the energy storage industry, the transportation industry and the utilities, our common goal must be 100% renewables. We have not only to decarbonize the global energy economy, but we also have to make the entire world economy sustainable.

Studies shows that to achieve this goal, the cumulative PV capacity will be in the range of 70 TW to 90 TW by the end of this century. It will become by far the main source of energy for the world, generating globally more than 400 ExaJoule per year. Annual PV manufacturing needs to reach a level of 2 TW to 3 TW per annum, about 20 or 30 times our current annual production level. We currently observe a doubling of the cumulative capacity every 3 years. To support this expansion, within the next 3 years, we need to build about 100GW of new PV manufacturing capacity, and do it again the following year! By 2021, we will reach a cumulative installed capacity of 1 TW. We may congratulate ourselves for reaching such milestone but the road to 100% renewables is still long. I am fully convinced that, together with the research community, industry, the financial sector and governments, we will be able to achieve this goal. We are capable and we must do it. It still remains a huge challenge for the PV community and the sense of urgency for innovation is felt more now than ever.

As a PV scientist, this is my goal and my mission. I would like to share this journey with you. I look forward to seeing you at the EU PVSEC 2018 in Brussels. Together, let’s send a message to the governments and to the world that PV is taking its responsibilities and its role very seriously. The world needs you!

Dr. Pierre Verlinden
EU PVSEC Conference General Chairman
Director at Amrock Pty Ltd
Visiting Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China