Welcome to a New Solar Growth Phase in Europe, Welcome to EU PVSEC
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Welcome to a New Solar Growth Phase in Europe, Welcome to EU PVSEC

As the platform for the European solar technology community from its early days, EU PVSEC is very glad to see that solar in Europe is starting to see a new growth phase. With our upcoming 35th event taking place from 24 to 28 September 2018 in Brussels - the heart of the European Union - several presentations in the EU PVSEC programme’s Topic 7 on ‘PV Economics, Markets and Policies’ will look at the drivers of solar demand. This is accompanied by several parallel events that deal with market demand related themes as well.

As of 2018, solar power demand will grow very strong in Europe over the next few years – and as SolarPower Europe outlines in its new Global Market Outlook 2018 – 2022, there are several reasons for this next PV growth phase:

EU 2020 targets: A number of EU governments, which still have some way to go to meet their individual RES targets, have been strengthening their support for solar as they have realized that the technology is very popular and one of the lowest- cost means to increase their renewables share and reduce CO2 emissions. Germany’s new government, for example, has announced to issue additional ‘special’ tenders for both solar and wind (2 x 2 GW each) in 2019/20.

Tenders: Solar tender tools have shown to the public the low cost of solar power and have been embraced by several European countries, substituting traditional uncapped feed-in tariff schemes. Moreover, solar has proven that it can win technology-neutral tenders even against on-shore wind power when the boundary conditions are properly set. While solar was awarded nearly 3/4 of the tender volume in the second Spanish renewables tender in 2017, a pilot solar/wind tender in Germany was won 100% by solar bidders in 2018.

Self-consumption: Solar is much cheaper than retail electricity in most European markets and will quickly continue to reduce in cost, which will be a key driver for people and companies to invest in on-site power generation. Moreover, in developed European PV markets consumers are more and more starting to understand that solar often makes economic sense even without high feed-in tariffs or other subsidy programmes. The quickly falling cost of battery energy storage combined with the benefits of digital and smart energy products supports the sales case for solar, as many consumers prefer to have better control over their energy bill.

Join us for the 35th EU PVSEC 2018 in Brussels! You can register here.

Participate in the EU PVSEC - World’s Largest PV Specialists Solar Conference - Programme available

Conference Programme 2018 – with almost 1,000 high-level presentations from all over the world, the programme is offering both a world-class overview and in-depth insights to the latest research in the PV solar energy sector.

Check the Conference Programme to see all plenary, oral and visual presentations that cover the entire range of PV research, technologies and applications, focusing on the latest scientific, technological and market-related trends.

In addition, find speaker's CVs and photos, and create your own agenda for the event by using the Programme Online tool.

Congratulation to the Student Award Winners 2018!

Following the success of prior EU PVSEC and to encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers, the EU PVSEC Student Awards will be delivered on the occasion of the 35th EU PVSEC in recognition of most remarkable and outstanding research work done by students in the field of PV.

Congratulation to the Student Award Winners 2018!


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