• “Solar PV is becoming the new king of electricity”

    Dr. Stefan Nowak
    Managing Director, NET Nowak Energy & Technology Ltd. and member of the EU PVSEC Executive Committee

    StefanNowak Becquerel“Solar PV is becoming the new king of electricity” – this strong statement does not originate from a photovoltaics expert, but from the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, on the occasion of the publication of the 2020 World Energy Outlook. Indeed, recent analysis by the IEA now indicates that, if climate change is taken seriously, photovoltaics will play a fundamental and decisive role in the future clean energy system. If the PV community is already excited about the enormous progress made over the past decade in terms of cost and volume, much more is expected in the decades to come: Depending on the scenario, several tens of terawatts of installed PV capacity are expected to come online by the year 2050 for which many governments have formulated net-zero emission targets. This optimistic development will not happen by itself nor by building on PV alone. On the contrary, it will require a huge and sustained effort on behalf of all stakeholders involved – researchers, manufacturing specialists, utility engineers, installers, architects, urban developers and policy makers, to name a few – and with great urgency at the same time. PV manufacturing capacity will need to ramp up significantly to enter the terawatt era, millions of systems will need to be deployed, and billions of customers will want to be supplied. Therefore, the integration of photovoltaics in the future energy system is needed in all dimensions – physically, technically, economically and, last but not least, socially, with the requirement of sustainability in all these dimensions at the same time. The EU PVSEC, in my view, has a great opportunity to further evolve by capturing all these exciting dimensions and challenges of the photovoltaic energy (r)evolution and by becoming the place to debate these!

  • Preparing for PV 2.0

    Prof. Dr. Wim Sinke
    TNO Energy Transition and EU PVSEC Executive Committee

    wimsinke"The development of photovoltaic solar energy (PV) in the past decades has surpassed expectations of sceptics and optimists alike. Spectacular cost reduction, impressive performance enhancement and strong market growth have positioned PV as one of the main building blocks, if not the foundation of the future decarbonized energy system. PV deployment will soon enter the terawatt-regime, which is needed for big global impact. The long-term installed PV capacity in different scenarios still varies, but there is increasing consensus that several tens or even more than fifty terawatts are needed to meet necessary climate targets and will be installed in the coming decades. Although the global PV manufacturing side of the sector is expected to be able to cater such growth without fundamental problems, the application side requires a broader range of solutions than available at competitive costs so far. Although the energy transition is a huge societal challenge of literally vital importance, there are other great challenges to be addressed as well, and at the same time. Think, for instance, of the transition to a sustainable agriculture and preserving or restoring biodiversity and quality of the ecosystem. Moreover, taking the quality of our living environment into account and making efficient use of available surfaces in densely populated or urban areas are essential to maintain public support for very large scale deployment of PV. By nature, PV is the technology of choice for integration and combination of functions and thus, to also address other societal challenges while shaping the energy transition. Building Integrated PV, Infrastructure Integrated PV, Vehicle Integrated PV, agro-PV, eco-(positive-) PV and more can all become part of the solution. When combined with circular design, PV can become not only the lowest cost renewable energy option it already is in many parts of the world, but also the technology offering the highest value: PV 2.0."

  • Many dreamed about photovoltaics and the solar age; we see the dream coming true

    Professor João M Serra
    Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
    EU PVSEC General Chairman
    Update April 2021

    As you all know the EU PVSEC 2021 will be online. Of course, we miss the personal contact of a physical meeting but also remember the positive sides of an online event, e.g. not having to travel, avoiding CO2 emissions and safe interaction environment. We say that solar is going everywhere. And we will experience just that; a PV community spread all over the world and attending the EUPVSEC 2021 from everywhere. Therefore, let us face the current situation as a challenge to continue our mission to develop photovoltaics and to contribute actively to the energy transition into a more sustainable future.

    jmserra chairmanEUPVSEC2021 web"I am honoured to chair the 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition that is planned to be held on September 6 to 10, 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.

    The EU Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition is a world reference point regarding the latest developments related to PV and for up to date insights regarding new opportunities. PV is a major contributor to a cleaner and safer future for the planet. The latest updates on PV science, technology, systems, finance, policies, and markets are all covered by EU PVSEC 2021.

    The transition to a low carbon society will not be possible without a major shift to renewables. Up to now the world is not set for a clear downward turn in emissions because most of the energy infrastructure still continues to work in a business-as-usual scenario. With its strong reduction in LCOE, PV is at the forefront of new energy technologies to be a key contributor for change. PV benefits range from local energy production to large power plants. By combination with other technologies it expands the its added value not only to cities, including buildings and mobility, but also to agriculture, water desalination and hydrogen production.

    Let me give you a few more of the very good reasons to attend the EUPSEC 2021.

    • Different material technologies combine to establish new cell efficiency records. The learning curves of photovoltaics keep dropping at impressive rates. In August 2020, 670 megawatts (MW) were awarded at the Portugal solar auction, in 13 power plants, of which 8 have associated batteries (100 MW in total). No public subsidies were involved. Furthermore a new world record of €11.14 per MWh, in the fixed price mode, for a 10 MW power plant (without batteries) was established.
    • Lowest LCOE record is reported by IEA for PV, making it the cheapest energy source.
    • Increase in installed capacity despite Covid-19 and blooming new applications such as floating PV, Agro-PV, are taking PV really everywhere.

    We all know that a great conference is much more than just a very good location and its facilities. It is also about meeting colleagues and old friends, having live discussions about new results and new ideas. Meeting new people, expanding your network of contacts and broadening your vision is a key aspect of the EU PVSEC. In 2021, being together has a special meaning and I am sure we all feel that even more. Have a look to an impressive programme that offers each of you a variety of interesting topics which you will not want to miss.

    Portugal is a reference for renewables and well known for its huge ocean waves. You will agree that in these exciting times PV is surfing the green wave into a bright future. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the EU PVSEC 2021!"

  • Surfing the green wave

    Dr. Robert Kenny
    European Commission Joint Research Centre
    EU PVSEC Technical Programme Chair

    R Kenny2019"Governments all around the world are not only setting targets for carbon neutrality over a generational time span, but are also committing to making investments to make it happen. Electromobility is increasing and is expected to grow ever faster. Building renovation to reduce energy consumption is gaining increased attention. Investments are being directed towards a sustainable economy and sustainable employment. One technology is at the heart of all these developments - it is of course PV. We also find installations in an ever growing range of applications, no longer niche - BIPV, Agro-PV, P2X, for example. Meanwhile, the technology continues to advance through exciting work which increases cell efficiencies and introduces new concepts. Our conference covers all the above and more, so please make sure you don’t miss out.

    As well our extensive programme, this year we aim to substantially increase the number of conference papers that may be put forward for publication in peer-reviewed journals. On top of our longstanding collaboration with Progress in Photovoltaics, we also have an agreement in place to publish a selection of our best submissions in Solar RRL. Furthermore, we announce a collaboration with EPJ Photovoltaics to publish a selection of highlight submissions in a special edition. Through these different offerings we intend to not only increase the number of high quality peer reviewed papers coming out of the conference to approximately 100, but also expand the breadth of scope and offer a range of publication options, including Open Access. We will of course continue to publish the fully citable (DOI) conference proceedings immediately following the conference to ensure rapid transmission of your scientific results, whether or not you wish to explore these additional publishing options.

    Learn more about the different journals and their publishing features to choose which one is most suitable for your needs.

    Be part of tomorrow’s energy transition and help us shape the programme of Europe’s biggest PV and solar energy conference.
    Submit your abstract now and get the chance to connect with PV experts around the globe, learn about and contribute to the latest innovations in PV and help advance PV research and deployment.

    The organiser has decided to follow the successful and well-proven concept of 2020 and run the event completely virtual again, allowing all international participants to be part of the EU PVSEC despite ongoing global travel restrictions.

    We look forward to seeing you online once again in September. Keep up the good work!"