Message from Dr. Stefan Nowak
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
Dr. Stefan Nowak
Managing Director, NET Nowak Energy & Technology Ltd. and member of the
EU PVSEC Executive Committee
Sneak Peek of the Opening Panel Discussion
We are pleased to provide you with a preview of the Opening Panel Discussion:
The making of a climate-neutral continent: How to recover and boost a sustainable European PV production?
Between now and 2050, the European Green Deal will radically change the
energy landscape in Europe with the renewable energies being a
cornerstone of a decarbonised economy.
As the “new king of electricity” solar power has a key role to play. But
how will this new reign look like in Europe? An important foundation of
the Green Deal is a strengthened EU solar industry. According to
SolarPower Europe and LUT University´s report “100% Renewable Europe:
How to make Europe’s energy system climate neutral before 2050”, Solar
power is set to generate more than 60% of EU’s electricity by 2050. But
to achieve these ambitious goals, there are many challenges to be
- What needs to be done to support the growth of European PV manufacturing?
- What new PV technologies could provide a new basis for rebuilding the industry?
- Can the EU PV industry rebuilding succeed on its own or also in cooperation with current global manufacturers?
- How is this reflected in the national energy and climate plans of the member states?
a strong and structured cooperation between the renewable energy
industry, the European Commission and the Member States could look like
will be discussed:
- Dr. Radovan Kopecek, Director ISC Konstanz / Board member EUREC, Moderator
- Henrike Hahn, MEP, Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, Committee Member Industry, Research and Energy
- Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet of Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal, European Commission
- Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, European Commission, Director for Mobility & energy intensive industries, DG GROW, European Commission
- João Saldanha de Azevedo Galamba, Deputy Minister & Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal
- Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO SolarPower Europe
Find more information about the Opening Session with renowned
personalities such as the European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson
and many more on the EU PVSEC website
Topic-related panel discussion
This year, for the first time, EU PVSEC is offering four thematic panel discussions that address the 7 scientific conference topics and provide space to discuss them in more depth.
The panellists consist of experts from industry and research as well as renowned politicians.
Here is a short overview of what you can expect:
- Topic 1/3DO.13
Tandems: The Real Game Changer?
- Topic 2BO.13
Towards Ultimate Single-Junction Silicon Cells – Industry Perspective
- Topic 4/5AO.7
Managing Performance and Sustainability at the TW Scale
- Topic 6/7CO.14
PV: The Key Element Towards 100% Renewables. How to Make it Happen?
Find more detailed information about the panel discussions here
PV from every angle
EU PVSEC 2021 is yet again set to provide an inspiring and rewarding
experience for PV enthusiasts worldwide. As the “new king of
electricity” solar power has a key role to play in the energy transition
and the EU PVSEC is the place to discuss the photovoltaic (r)evolution.
While the focus of the event is set on the scientific findings
researchers from all around the globe are contributing and sharing, the
EU PVSEC aims to broaden the scope of content by also strengthening
further topics and acknowledging that PV integration needs to be
approached from all dimensions – scientific, technical, economic,
political, business, and also social.
Therefore, the EU PVSEC is offering a program that provides an overview
and insights beyond one's own field and ensures that topics that yield
an interface between sectors or fields can be addressed explicitly.
Thus, with plenary presentations and topics 6 and 7 of the Conference
Programme touching these subjects, the Parallel Events and the newly
introduced Industry sessions are designed to complement this holistic
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completely fixed conference programme to the global audience.
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August 13, 2021
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