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

Key Trends in Global PV Markets

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)

IEA PVPS identified that 140 GW of solar PV were installed in 2020 globally. But what can we expect in the coming years and which can be the key market drivers to PV development, in Europe and globally. While distributed PV applications focus increasingly on complex self-consumption schemes and energy communities, utility-scale plants start to sell competitively electricity on wholesale markets. But new challenges appear with emerging niches and the growing share of PV in the electricity production. This event will pave the way for future PV markets developments and their diversifying drivers.

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.

 

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

Solar Industry Forum – Research meets business

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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

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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

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.

Solar Industry Forum – Research meets business

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Day: 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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Sustainable Agrivoltaic Landscapes

jointly organised with ENEA, ETA-Florence and Becquerel Institute

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Day: Wednesday, 08 September 2021 | Time: 13:30 – 16:45 CEST
Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

The event encompasses the design aspects of PV systems deployed in landscapes or in the built environment, or in agricultural areas. It aims to demonstrate the importance of designing PV Systems in a way that they enrich the visible surroundings of citizens, rather than creating disturbance. For the 2021 edition, the event will feature the motto THE PATTERN THAT CONNECTS. The societal impacts of the current pandemic create the need for a thorough afterthought regarding the way we inhabit this Planet. SALs 2021 would like to give a vision for the city and its surroundings as a laboratory for integrating PV concepts and technologies which remove pressure we expose the Planet, considering the human connections as a main driver of our life.

 

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: 10:00 – 12:30 CEST
Site: Zoom
Access: open access with prior registration (registration will be available soon)

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