37th EU PVSEC, 07 - 11 September 2020
CCL Lisbon Congress Centre, Lisbon, Portugal

06 February 2019

Photovoltaic and Beyond

The 2019 European Photovoltaic Conference and Exhibition features a number of programme enhancements compared to previous years. This we owe to the remarkable development of PV Science and engineering. The deployment of PV surpassed the 100 GW per year mark, which means that in each second 750 solar cells are produced, and every single day somewhere in the world 250 MW of modules are installed.

By far the majority of modules belongs to systems connected to existing electricity grid. As a consequence, the increased share of PV in the supply of electricity of many countries, it becomes essential for further increase of PV deployment to store electricity. The EU PVSEC has introduced a new topic particularly for “Storage” and encourages scientists, engineers and system designers to submit abstracts to this conference.

As PV power enters into cost competition with conventional electricity generation, the application side of the PV technology becomes increasingly wide, and applications which have been not economically viable are becoming mainstream. The new Topic “Professional Applications of PV” expects to presentations of cost-competitive and new applications now become economically viable and reach out into services, including in the renewable heat sector.

Photovoltaics, which can be applied in any system size becomes now the winning solution when being part of an energy systems thinking, as for instance for Buildings or for integrated Heat Pump or Biomass systems. The conference wants to address these trends, notably in new topics like “PV Driven Energy Management and System Integration”.

The EU PVSEC 2019 attempts to reach out to a wider community, as much as actual development of Photovoltaics reaches out to not only new applications but incorporating latest trends in modelling, forecasting and digital solutions and apps.

Regarding the recent advances in device technology, the conference this time highlights the pace of development of Perovskites, but considers also in a separate subtopic the progress both in research and development of tandem structures where an ever-increasing mix of materials and compounds is intelligently combined to achieve higher efficiencies at low costs and with proven manufacturing methods.

Driven by Research and development, but also by increased production volume, PV enters into markets believed to be unreachable one or two decades ago. The key now and in the next future is to think photovoltaics in the wider context of an energy transition. Integrating also with the other renewable sources Wind and Biomass, as well as making applications in mobility, water supply, agriculture and industry economically viable is a key asset of the decentralised nature of PV.

The EU PVSEC looks forward to provide the forum for these new trends and developments, driven by PV.