The EU PVSEC 2021 Parallel Events offer a deep insight into specific topics along the most recent PV technology, PV application and market trends and address to global decision makers from industry, research, finance and politics. The Parallel Events are open to all registered conference participants.

 

 

Monday, 6 September 2021

Trends in PV Market Development: the path to 200 GW and more!

jointly organised with the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) – IEA PVPS Task 1 in cooperation with IRENA

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Day: Monday, 06 September 2021 | Time: 13:30 - 16:45 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

The pandemics have barely impacted the PV market in 2020: with almost 140 GWdc installed, solar PV installations reached the highest market level ever. Growth is visible in different ways on all continents and the positive dynamics could unlock new markets and increase existing ones in the coming years.

However, the pandemics, in addition to other conjunctural effects has resulted in prices increases which are disrupting business models and calling for a rethinking of PV industry development.

This event intends to explore the question of market development, up to 200 GW of annual installations and above, through some specific aspects of policies, industry potential and a focus on some iconic markets.

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The Potential of Floating Solar in Africa

jointly organised with SolarPower Europe and GET.invest – a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria

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Day: Monday, 06 September 2021 | Time: 17:00 – 18:30 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

The high-level of solar irradiation in Africa, combined with the reliance by some countries on hydropower, means that there is a very large potential for the deployment of floating solar in existing hydropower reservoirs to generate electricity during drought periods and reduce evaporation losses in the reservoirs. A recent study published by the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) indicates that covering less than 1% of Africa’s hydropower reservoirs, the installed hydropower capacity in Africa could double and 743 million m³/year water could be saved.

SolarPower Europe, in collaboration with GET.invest – a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, will explore the opportunities of floating solar to to simultaneously support improving access to electricity and clean water in the African continent. The session will include a presentation of the JRC study followed by a moderated panel discussion with African and European experts.

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Tuesday, 7 September 2021

 

Qualification of PV Power Plants using Mobile Test Equipment

jointly organised with the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) – IEA PVPS Task 13

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Day: Tuesday, 07 September 2021 | Time: 08:30 – 10:00 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

As a parallel event of the 38th EU PVSEC, the session “Qualification of PV Power Plants using Mobile Test Equipment” organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) Task 13, will present on-site inspection methods and techniques to qualify PV power plants. The presented on-site inspection methods are helpful tools to identify drivers for underperforming PV power plants. Their particular strength lies in the fact that the tests are carried without dismantling and shipping the PV modules to a laboratory, which often means long transport routes, transport risks and a long down time of the PV strings. Furthermore, on-site inspection methods allow a more targeted failure analysis, as PV modules are not blindly selected. The quality and significance of the inspection results are comparable to that of laboratory tests.

Besides technical information and field experience, good practice recommendations for field use and evaluated uncertainties compared to laboratory inspection methods will be presented and discussed with the experts.

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Innovative Digital Solutions for PV Installations

jointly organised with WIP Renewable Energies

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Day: Tuesday, 07 September 2021 | Time: 10:30 – 12:00 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

In collaboration with the following EU Projects:

  • BIPV Boost - Bringing down costs of BIPV multifunctional solutions & processes along the value chain
  • SUPER PV - Cost reduction and enhanced Performance of PV systems
  • Energy Matching - RES envelope solutions to maximise energy harvesting & optimize EU building district load matching

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Solar Industry Forum – Research meets business

The Solar Industry & Mobility Forum is an event embedded within the EU PVSEC, providing an alternative path for attendees with an industry background, allowing them to attend EU PVSEC’s scientific sessions in parallel with the Solar Industry and Mobility Forum sessions.

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Day: Tuesday, 07 September 2021 | Time: 13:30 – 15:00 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

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Solar Mobility Forum – Research meets business

The Solar Industry & Mobility Forum is an event embedded within the EU PVSEC, providing an alternative path for attendees with an industry background, allowing them to attend EU PVSEC’s scientific sessions in parallel with the Solar Industry and Mobility Forum sessions.

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Day: Tuesday, 07 September 2021 | Time: 15:15 – 18:30 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

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Wednesday, 8 September 2021

  

Quality Assurance of Solar PV Power Plants in Africa

jointly organised with SolarPower Europe and GET.invest – a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria

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Day: Wednesday, 08 September 2021 | Time: 10:30 – 12:00 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

Building on the work around the African editions of the O&M and EPC Best Practice Guidelines, SolarPower Europe, in collaboration with GET.invest – a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, will bring together African and European solar PV quality experts to discuss challenges and solutions for solar PV quality assurance and quality management in Sub-Saharan Africa. The session will explore the differences between quality assurance and management in Europe and in Africa, looking at vertically integrated and specialist firms in this field. Following this, the discussion will explore quality management at both the utility scale and for C&I systems, giving an idea of the challenges and governance of these two areas.

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Data Exchange and Research Collaboration through the PEARL PV CKAN Database

jointly organised with EU COST Action PEARL PV

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Day: Wednesday, 08 September 2021 | Time: 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

EU COST Action PEARL PV is an inclusive network of PV system researchers focused on “Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems: Evaluations of Large-Scale Monitoring Data”. A significant part of this project is based on the idea of sharing monitoring data in a European context.

Namely the aim of PEARL PV to improve the energy performance and reliability of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems in Europe leading to lower costs of electricity produced by PV systems by a higher energy yield, a longer life time eventually beyond the guaranteed 20 years as specified by manufacturers, and a reduction in the perceived risk in investments in PV projects. This will be achieved by analyzing data of the actual monitored long-term performance, defects and failures in PV systems installed all over Europe to quantitatively determine the absolute influences of components rated performance, key design of systems, installation, operation, maintenance practice, geographic location and weather factors on the performance, performance degradation over time and failure modes of these PV systems.

This workshop is of interest to you, if you want to evaluate PV system data and/or if you own PV monitoring data. Namely, PEARL PV aims at forming the largest-ever agglomeration of PV systems performance data in Europe. By that, experts can evaluate and compare PV system performance and, also, validate smart system evaluation methods and evidence-based simulation and design tools. A key part of this initiative is the PEARL PV CKAN database, to which you can contribute!

In this parallel event we aim to inform the EU PVSEC audience about how to use this CKAN database. The program of this session, hence, includes a keynote presentation, 3 short presentations and a short interactive workshop on the features of the CKAN database. Also access to PV monitoring data is given during the session.

Website COST Action PEARL PV: Welcome - PEARL PV (pearlpv-cost.eu)
CKAN database of PEARL PV: Welcome - Pearl PV CKAN Repository (pearlpv-cost.eu)
Contact data of Chair of the session: Dr. Atse Louwen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Solar Industry Forum – Research meets business

The Solar Industry & Mobility Forum is an event embedded within the EU PVSEC, providing an alternative path for attendees with an industry background, allowing them to attend EU PVSEC’s scientific sessions in parallel with the Solar Industry and Mobility Forum sessions.

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Day: Wednesday, 08 September 2021 | Time: 13:30 – 18:30 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

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Thursday, 9 September 2021

  

Women Leading PV Research

jointly organised with the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition and WIP Renewable Energies

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Day: Thursday, 09 September 2021 | Time: 10:30 – 12:00 CEST
Site: Zoom
Access: open access with prior registration

The side event aims to provide the stage for a dynamic dialogue on the challenges and barriers, the lessons learnt but most of all, the success stories of women leaders in PV research.
This event is free to attend and not linked to any EU PVSEC registration. We want to encourage women from all fields of PV to participate in this event, to exchange and discuss their experience and get inspired.

Activities:

  • Presentation: Overview of the state of women in PV
  • Panel: Moderated discussions on challenges, opportunities, lesson learned, success stories of women leaders in PV
  • Networking: Breakout sessions for discussions

Register for this free event on zoom and look forward to an inspiring session with leading women in PV research.
Register now!

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The Emerging PV Reports Initiative

jointly organised with Wiley-VCH 

Wiley Wordmark black Day: Thursday, 09 September 2021 | Time: 15:15 – 16:15 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

The Emerging PV Reports Initiative is a collaboration between Advanced Energy Materials and the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energy, Germany. This initiative is aiming at supporting and ideally accelerating the development of emerging photovoltaic materials towards market readiness and at improving reproducibility and data quality.

Tracking the power conversion efficiency of current solar cell technologies is made possible through the NREL’s Best Research-Cell Efficiency Chart or through Martin Green’s Solar cell efficiency tables compiled biannually in our sister journal Progress in Photovoltaics (PiP). The Emerging PV Reports initiative is meant as an addition to these existing tables and is based on peer-reviewed publications on top-performing materials rather than on certificates.

The first article is already online, as well as the Emerging PV website and database, which are meant to be the driving platform for future iterations. Authors are invited to contribute to this database effort and upload their research data based on peer-reviewed publications. In order to guarantee highest data quality, outmost precision and best reliability, a series of criteria will be automatically verified when uploading data. A consortium of experienced academic researchers from more than 15 countries, all of whom are experts in new and emerging photovoltaic research directions, critically analyses the uploaded data.

Advanced Energy Materials serves as a platform for regularly publishing the contents of this database which will continuously be expanded to further exciting technologies, such as quantum-dot or tandem solar cell technologies.

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