37th EU PVSEC, 07 - 11 September 2020

29 July 2020 - Sneak peek at the third plenary “PV IN THE ENERGY SYSTEM”

Today we will feature the last plenary preview of the EU PVSEC 2020 online. This Friday plenary session (11 September) from 10:30 to 12:10 is titled “PV IN THE ENERGY SYSTEM”, a headline for a session which will cover the prospects of large-scale deployment, required for an energy transition towards 100% renewable electricity.

The session starts with a most advanced application of PV with a presentation on “Designing PV for the First Generation of Solar Electric Vehicles”. This 1st generation has enough PV embedded in the car body’s that a significant fraction of its electric range is covered by pure PV energy. The author’s team is also involved in the custom design of Netherland’s first solar electric car which will be commercialised from 2021. Rather than placing PV on an electric car already on the market, the team opted for a custom design in order to engineer many components specifically for efficient use of solar energy. Is it possible that we can place online orders for this car during the conference? (EP.1.1, Friday 10:30)

PV is already the lowest cost option for producing electricity, but only at hours of the day where it meets the demand. As a future essential part of a carbon-free electricity system PV electricity needs to be stored or converted into its final use (ice-making, heat, water pumping, smelting, etc.) during sunshine hours. To understand where we are with the development of electricity storage systems, we invited a presenter from an industry which only recently entered into the market of storage systems for PV. The presentation “Storage for Residential Energy Systems” will scan the dynamic developments of storage systems for residential systems and brief about the future developments in terms of technologies and cost. (EP.1.2, Friday 10:50)

We have heard during the Wednesday plenary session that PV will need to deliver one TeraWatt per year by 2030 in order to make a significant impact in keeping global warming within the limits of the Paris agreement. The invited presentation “Sustainability of PV for the TeraWatt Era”, will explain how the tremendous resources and material flows can be sustainably managed. If one imagines that such a yearly production means that every second 100 modules will be produced it is good that already now plans are developed for a fully circular module production, deployment and recycling. (EP.1.3, Friday 11:10)

Much of the expected massive deployment will be in the residential sector, and increasingly homeowners who equipped roofs with PV would like to share the PV electricity with neighbours or within suburbs. They are Consumers as well as Producers, and the more recent European legal framework is studied within the “PV-Prosumers4Grid” project which is reported in the presentation “Innovative Self-Consumption and Aggregation Concepts for PV Prosumers”. The project has a wide European scope and the team comes from seven EU member states. They studied the new opportunity for prosumers by defining an average European prosumer community and included also the distribution of PV-electricity to electric vehicles. Electricity in the hands of the people and what this means politically and legally is what we will be learn about. (EP.1.4 Friday 11:30)

We end the plenary, and thus the scientific part of the 2020 conference with an invitation to a Swiss politician and author. He will have the last word before the closing session stating “Only PV Can Deliver Enough Power to Decarbonize”. The title seems to be deliberately without a question mark, and probably we get also insight into the limitation of other renewable sources of energy. For sure we will be vaccinated against any doubts on PV’s future and will take home new enthusiasm from this talk. (EP.1.5, Friday 11:50).

This ends our plenary preview. We hope the insight into our presentations gave you encouragement to reserve the week of 7-11 September for the EUPVSEC and to register for the online event. Don’t miss out and most of all use the online facilities to comment, ask questions and participate in the interactive debates.

Overview about the plenary session by
Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink, Member of the Executive Committee.