36th EU PVSEC, 09 - 13 September 2019
Marseille Chanot Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marseille, France

Monday, 09 September 2019, 08:30 – 12:15   -   Free Admission to the Monday Opening

08:30 - 09:30 Scientific Opening / Plenary Session 1AP.1

1AP.1 Routes to High Efficiency in Photovoltaics

Robert Kenny, European Commission Joint Research Centre
Antonio Martí Vega UPM, Spain

09:30 – 10:00 Becquerel Prize Ceremony

  • Delivery of the prize by Piotr Szymanski, European Commission, Director of the JRC Directorate C for Energy, Transport and Climate
  • Chair of Ceremony
    Joachim Luther, Chairman of the Prize Committee
  • Laudatio
    Stefan Glunz, Fraunhofer ISE
  • Delivery of the prize
  • Becquerel Prize Winner
    Pierre Verlinden, Consultant, Non-Executive Director to PV companies, Visiting Professor at Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou)
    Keynote Speech: Challenges for the PV Industry in the 21st Century


10:00 Opening Addresses

Confirmed speakers:

  • Florence Lambert, EU PVSEC Conference General Chair, Director of CEA Liten, the Laboratory for Innovation in new Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials, France
  • Laurent Michel, Director General of Energy and Climate, Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
  • Piotr Szymanski, European Commission, Director of the JRC Directorate C for Energy, Transport and Climate
  • Walburga Hemetsberger, Chief Executive Officer, SolarPower Europe

11:00 Moderated Panel Discussion

The Future of PV Manufacturing in Europe

Confirmed Panellists:

  • Eicke Weber, prel. Chair ESMC (European Solar Manufacturing Council)
  • Andreas Bett, Director, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
  • Luc de-Marliave, Total, France
  • Roch Drozdowski-Strehl, General Director, IPVF, France
  • Maïder Feunteun-Peyroux, Akuo Industry, France
  • Paolo Frankl, Head of Renewable Energy Division, IEA - International Energy Agency
  • Philippe Malbranche, General Director, CEA INES
  • Stefan Rinck, CEO, Singulus, Germany

Moderator: Heinz Ossenbrink, Former European Commission Joint Research Centre

An introductory message to the topic of the Panel Discussion from Prof. Eicke Weber:
The global Photovoltaics (PV) industry has shown in the last decades unprecedented growth, with an average growth rate since 1990 of more than 30%, selling in 2018 about 100 Gigawatt (GW) of new PV installations. Today, about 500 GW of PV have been installed. In view of the increasing demand of new green electricity needed for the rapid decarbonization of our whole economy, including industry and traffic, the further growth prospects appear to be mindblowing. For 2030, we expect PV installations of 3 – 5 Terawatt (TW) , for 2050 30 – 60 TW, according to the recent, very detailed global analysis of the Energy Watch Group with LUT University in Finland. So, we are just at the beginning of the growth of a sizable, global PV industry with current annual sales already exceeding $20-30bn.

For Europe, it is of key importance to regain a major role in this rapidly developing market. The window of opportunity to re-start cost-effective Gigawatt-type of cell and module production, based on a low carbon-footprint of the PV production process, will be closing soon, as the big players replace outdated process equipment with modern technologies. Such an effort will have to start with securing uptake agreements, in order to de-risk investments in such a future EU-based multi-Gigawatt PV cell and module production facility. The European Solar Manufacturing council (ESMC) will be focussed on assisting in the establishment of such facilities in Europe.