35th EU PVSEC, 24 - 28 September 2018
SQUARE - Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels, Belgium

Status of 21/09/2018

Monday, 24 September 2018, 08:30 – 12:45   -   Free Admission to the Monday Opening

  • Scientific Opening / Plenary Session
  • Opening Addresses
  • Moderated Opening Panel
  • Becquerel Prize Award
  • EU Industrial Leaders Round Table: EU PVSEC 14:15 - 15:35

08:30 - 10:00 Scientific Opening / Plenary Session 1AP.1

Short Introduction and Scientific Opening of the Conference
Piotr Szymanski, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Director of Energy, Transport and Climate
'Research priorities of the European Commission, the JRC in particular, in photovoltaics that are contributing to an emerging low carbon society'

1AP.1 Fundamental approaches for high efficiency photovoltaics

Nicholas Ekins-Daukes (UNSW Australia, Australia)
Erwin Kessels (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)

Hybrid III-V/SiGe Solar Cells Grown on Si Substrates through Aggressive Buffer Layers
P. Caño Fernández - UPM; H. Nguyen - IQE; A. Morgan - IQE; L. Cifuentes - UPM; A.D. Johnson - IQE; I. Rey-Stolle – UPM

High-Efficiency Monolithic Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells
F. Sahli - EPFL; J. Werner - EPFL; B.A. Kamino - CSEM; M. Bräunigner - EPFL;
R. Monnard - EPFL; B. Paviet-Salomon - CSEM; L. Barraud - CSEM; L. Ding - CSEM; J.J. Diaz Leon - CSEM; D. Sacchetto - CSEM; G.Cattaneo - CSEM; A. Walter - CSEM; S.-J. Moon - CSEM; T.-J. Yang - EPFL; P. Fiala - EPFL; F. Fu - EPFL;
M. Boccard - EPFL; M. Despeisse - CSEM; B. Niesen - CSEM; S. Nicolay - CSEM;
Q. Jeangros - EPFL; C.Ballif – EPFL

Electronic Ratchets as Necessary Stepping Stones for New PV Concepts
A. Delamarre - University of Tokyo; D. Suchet - LPICM; N. Cavassilas - IM2NP - CNRS; Z. Jehl Li Kao - Universityof Tokyo; Y. Okada - University of Tokyo;
M. Sugiyama - University of Tokyo; J.-F. Guillemoles – CNRS

Invited presentation - "Current overview of PV technologies and PV technology visions for the future".
Scientia Professor Martin A. Green, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics,
School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, Tyree Energy Technologies Building, University of New South Wales

These are the first presentations of the 5 days Conference. About 1,000 contributions to the Conference will be featured during this week.

10:00 Opening Addresses

  • Pierre Verlinden, EU PVSEC Conference General Chairman
    Director at Amrock Pty Ltd, Visiting Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Dominique Ristori, European Commission Director General DG Energy
  • Bart Tommelein, Vice-Minister-President of the Government of Flanders, Flemish Minister for Budget, Finance and Energy
  • Youssouf Bady, Cabinet of Céline Fremault, Energy Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region
  • Christian Westermeier, President, SolarPower Europe and VP Sales and Marketing, Wacker Chemie

11:00 Moderated Panel Discussion

Topic: “PV Growth Prospects in Europe – What Role in a Terawatt-level PV World?”
The year 2018 brought a number of important changes that may have important impacts on European PV markets, including the approval of more ambitious EU renewable targets for 2030, record-low PV auction prices around the world, as well as changes in China’s policies and trade conditions in key markets affecting global supply-demand market dynamics. Will these factors trigger a rebound of PV additions in Europe in the coming years? What are the conditions for this to happen? What countries and sectors will lead growth? What are the implications for the European industry and its role in global PV markets? All these questions will be debated by representatives of European institutions, countries and industry stakeholders in the opening day of EUPVSEC 2018.


  • Paolo Frankl, Head of Renewable Energy Division, IEA - International Energy Agency, France - Moderator
  • Paula Abreu Marques European Commission Head of Unit for “Renewables and CCS Policy” DG ENERGY
  • Christian Westermeier, President, SolarPower Europe and VP Sales and Marketing, Wacker Chemie
  • Jan Rappe, CEO Engie Solar, France
  • Arnaud Chaperon, VP Public Affairs, TOTAL
  • Jehan Decrop, EDORA - Union of Renewable Energy Producers in Wallonia

12:15 – 12:45 Becquerel Prize Ceremony

 14:15 – 15:35 EU Industrial Leaders Round Table: EU PVSEC