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

22 July 2019

Details on the presentations of Topic 7 “Finance, Markets and Policies”.

In an abstract-based technology conference this topic usually attracts less abstracts. However, they are considered of high importance for this conference as photovoltaic solar energy operates in a business environment influenced by political, societal and finance stakeholders.

Regarding societal stakeholders there will be a very interesting presentation which you should not miss. It will be delivered by one of our Student Awards Finalists and is titled “Shared Solar Cooperatives in Brazil: Context, Overcoming Barriers and Lessons to Be Drawn from Previous European Countries Experiences” (7DO.7.1). The presentation outlines very well the new opportunities which PV can give to multi-family houses when individual owners of small PV-systems share the electricity produced and consumed.

 

At this year’s conference you will hear a lot about the costs for cells, modules and systems which decrease every month. This downwards trend continues, and we expect to see PV module prices of below 0.35 €/W soon on a retail level. But it seems as if we have not reached the end yet. Will it be possible to see “Modules at a Price of 10 $ct/Wp - Dream or Reality?” (7EO.3.6)? The presenter of this last oral session on Friday is known for his visions which all have become true so far! Don’t miss this presentation, if you think that modules at this price would be a dream…

Such a low level of costs which will eventually translate into electricity production costs of 10 €/MWh also opens entirely new visions regarding the role of PV in our electricity-, if not energy-system.

As the European Union is embarking on a CO2 neutral energy system to be achieved by 2050, the question of how to realise this goal becomes widely disputed. At EU PVSEC 2019, there will be presentations about the role of PV in the 30 years to come. Consequently, the Plenary talk titled “The Role of Photovoltaics in a Sustainable European Energy System under Variable CO2 Emissions Targets, Transmission Capacities, and Costs Assumptions” (7EP.2.1) models the various shares carbon neutral energy sources will play. Based on a careful resource assessment the model develops a time series of supply and demand with high time-resolution, employing a number of low-carbon energy technologies (including on/offshore wind, Solar PV, and as vectors batteries, hydrogen and HV lines) to provide electricity for the whole of Europe throughout the year. An optimum system would also have a cost minimum in overall system cost. It seems that solar as the cheapest of the low-carbon energy technologies will take a major share in this picture, but the essential question is “What will be needed to cover also seasonal variations”? The plenary talk will probably give an answer.

On the subject of Hydrogen as an important part of the solution, the authors of the last plenary talk this year have been invited and will present: “Mass-Scale Solar Hydrogen: How PV is Set to Become the New Oil” (7EP.2.2). The presentation will give an overview about the viable option of PV produced hydrogen. Not only can this be done today at very reasonable costs, but it also opens PV technologies to the full range of energy services, including heating, transport and industrial processes. Are we finally close to a solution of our energy problems in this century? We hope that this last plenary before the Closing session will inspire all of you and give a new and expanded view on Photovoltaic Solar Energy.