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Welcome to the EU PVSEC - The Innovation Platform for the Global PV Solar Sector
Scientific Opening / Plenary Session
Opening Addresses + Moderated Opening Panel
Becquerel Prize Award
We look forward to meeting you soon in Munich!
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Welcome to the EU PVSEC - The Innovation Platform for the Global PV Solar Sector

Be part of the cutting edge of research and innovation for photovoltaics

  • update and discuss the most recent and relevant developments in photovoltaics
  • the entire scope of PV innovations covered in more than 1,000 keynote, plenary, oral, visual presentations
  • unique combination of scientific, technological, industrial and application-related issues from the perspective of research and development, industry and politics

Scientific Opening / Plenary Session

08:30 - 10:00
Scientific Opening / Plenary Session

Monday's Scientific Opening Session features plenary presentations which demonstrate PV solar technologies at its best: These are the first presentations of the 5 days Conference. More than 1,000 contributions to the Conference will be featured during this week.


08:30 - 10:00 New Materials and Concepts for Solar Cells and Modules


Nigel Taylor

European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre,

EU PVSEC Technical Programme Chair


A.W. Bett, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

M. Rusu, HZB, Germany

1AP.1.1 Keynote Presentation:

37% Efficient One-Sun Minimodule and over 40% Efficient Concentrator Submodules

M.A. Green, M.J. Keevers, B. Concha-Ramon & J. Jiang

UNSW, Sydney, Australia

P.J. Verlinden, Y. Yang & X. Zhang

Trina Solar, Changzhou, China

1AP.1.2 Keynote Presentation:

Innovative Approaches to Interconnect Back-Contact Cells

J. Govaerts, T. Borgers, E. Voroshazi, S. Jambaldinni,

B. O’Sullivan, S. Singh, M. Debucquoy, J. Szlufcik & J. Poortmans

imec, Leuven, Belgium

1AP.1.3 Decarbonisation in the Light of Paris COP 21 – Consequences and urgent first steps

H. Lehmann

Federal Environment Agency of Germany, Dessau, Germany

Opening Addresses + Moderated Opening Panel

10:00 - 12:00

Keynote speakers and panelists:

  • Chair Professor Marko Topič
    Conference General Chairman

    Chairman of European Technology & Innovation Platform Photovoltaics

  • Claude Turmes
    Member of the European Parliament; ITRE Committee and EUFORES President, Luxembourg
  • Osman Benchikh
    Head of UNESCO’s Renewable Energy Programme, UNESCO Coordinator and Focal Point for UN-Energy
  • Giovanni De Santi
    Director Institute for Energy and Transport JRC, European Commission
  • Oliver Schäfer
    President SolarPower Europe, Board member Global Solar Council
  • Eicke Weber
    Director Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, President EUREC - Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres
  • Patrick Hofer-Noser
    CTO, Meyer Burger Technology, Switzerland
  • Finlay Colville
    Head of Solar Market Research, PV-Tech and Solar Media

Moderated Opening Panel


  • Technology and Market Innovations for PV after Paris COP 21.


  • Paolo Frankl
    Head of Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency, France

Becquerel Prize Award

Becquerel Prize Award

The European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics is being awarded on the occasion of the EU PVSEC Conference. This prize was established by the European Commission in 1989 to mark the 150th anniversary of Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel’s discovery of the photovoltaic effect in 1839, which laid the foundation of both, photovoltaics and photography.

Winner of the Becquerel Prize 2016

  • Prof. Christophe Ballif

    Director EPFL "Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory” and “CSEM PV- Center”, Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Acceptance speech: “From power to aesthetics, from nano to terawatts: how can solar change people?

Free admission on Monday, 20 June, from 08:30 - 12:30.

We look forward to meeting you soon in Munich!

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WIP, 17 June 2016

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