35th EU PVSEC 2018 - The conference plenaries preview by Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink / part 1
Prof. Jef Poortmans - Welcome to the PV Scenario in Belgium
Networking: B2B Matchmaking
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35th EU PVSEC 2018 - The conference plenaries preview by Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink / part 1


The 35th EUPVSEC in September 2018 will display all aspects of the very dynamic development of Photovoltaic Solar Energy. This development is characterised again of being very technology rich and very innovative, as the positive market conditions allow to bring recent R&D achievements rapidly into the market. The market itself has two facets which play in parallel.

One being the ever decreasing prices at large utility scale tenders under “Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)”, being below 30 EUR/MWh for sunny countries, but even in Germany undercutting onshore wind energy with PPAs below 40 EUR/MWh. The second one are large, policy assisted deployment programmes in all major economies around the world, which keep production rates high, are however often subject to changes in policies. PV industries seem to be robust enough to cope with this market variability, but needs to lower prices in situations of too high production capacity.

Because of its meanwhile surprisingly low electricity production costs there is no doubt among experts (see for instance plenary session 7EP.1 on Friday) that PV will be the major electricity- or even energy- source by the middle of this century, if the challenges of its intermittency and seasonal variation can be resolved at reasonable cost. A smart energy system will be at the heart of such solutions, intelligently matching supply and demand, making best use of low cost storage not only by battery technology, but by any other storage or conversion technology with advanced maturity.

The conference plenaries are previewed around the three strands of photovoltaics.

Strand 1: Science & Technology of PV Conversion

Strand 2: PV Electricity Systems

Strand 3: PV as Energy Source

In this article the preview of Strand 1 is exposed. Strand 2 and Strand 3 will be published in further upcoming news.

Prof. Jef Poortmans - Welcome to the PV Scenario in Belgium

"Electricity generation from the Sun is one of the key technologies to realize the transition to a sustainable Energy system with a large share of renewables. This conviction is subject to a growing consensus amongst the different policy levels in Belgium and the Regions. Since 2 years we see again a healthy expansion of the PV-market in Belgium and it is often forgotten that the amount of installed PV/inhabitant in our country is amongst the highest in Europe. Therefore we are more than ever convinced: PV is here to stay and flourish further."

Prof. Jef Poortmans

Director PV@imec

R&D Strategy Coordinator of EnergyVille

Networking: B2B Matchmaking

The B2B Matchmaking 2018 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 and individuals who seek partners for their ideas.


  • Latest trends and innovations in PV Solar technologies
  • Short, sharp 20 minutes meetings to foster effective networking
  • Get to know key players offering services to companies

Why participate

  • Showcase your favourable projects, products or know-how
  • Initiate cross-border contacts and co-operations
  • Find new commercial/technological/research partners
  • Get latest information on PV Solar energy related R&D findings
  • Present, discuss and develop new projects

Free to each registered participant.


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