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

As you are already making the trip to Marseille, we would like to ensure that you get the best experience out of EU PVSEC. For this reason we have organised exclusive guided technical tours to visit and discuss interesting and forward thinking PV installations on Friday afternoon. You have the choice between a PV recycling plant operated by Veolia, Cité de l’énergie by CEA, Agri PV by Sun’R and a floating PV installation by Akuo. All of these are within the surroundings of Marseille; bus shuttles will be provided for convenient travel to the sites. These tours are meant to combine the theoretical content of our conference programme with PV applications in the field to demonstrate scientific advancements and real-life challenges that remain to be solved.

While the core programme of EU PVSEC finishes on Friday, September 13 at 13:10 we invite you to join one of the informative technical tours to PV sites in the Marseille area. Members of the National Committee selected these locations based on the state-of-the-art technologies and creativity of PV applications to showcase the many achievements France has accomplished in the solar energy sector.


1. PV Recycling Plant - Veolia

This site is dedicated to recycling end-of-life photovoltaic panels, separating and isolating all materials to redirect back to various industrial sectors: Glass is used again in the glass-making sector, the framework of panels in aluminium refinery, plastic will be recycled fuel in cement works, and silicon in precious metal sectors. Cables and connectors are crushed and sold in the form of copper. In 2019 more than 1,800 tons of materials will be processed - a quantity that will gradually increase to 4,000 tons.

2. Cité de l’Energie – CEA

The French CEA is a key player in research, development and innovation in new energies, e.g. low carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies), technological research for industry, fundamental research in physical sciences and life sciences. It is an essential pole of the development of alternative energies.
The aim of this project launched by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission is to combine research, technology transfer in the field of solar energy and biotechnologies as well as industry to advance the development of new energies.

3. Agri PV – Sun’R

Dynamic agrivoltaics is a production system combining, over one surface, a crop and photovoltaic solar panels, raised above ground and controlled according to the physiological needs of the plants. This technological innovation allows to improve farm production by modifying the climate over the plants as well as produce clean, renewable and competitive electricity. Agrivoltaic technology uses the principles of intercropping. Several varieties are farmed on one surface of land and over several levels, thus creating a synergy between the crops. The agrivoltaic structure is built so as to enable agricultural machinery to drive under to carry out some of the works (preparation of ground, treatments, harvest…). In its projects Agri PV meets the challenges of climate change that farmers currently face by durably solving issues of e.g. wine-growing and tree cropping.

4. Floating PV – Akuo Energy

Akuo Energy, the leading French independent power producer in renewable energy, operates O’MEGA1 on a water surface at a former quarry in Piolenc (Vaucluse, southeast France). O’MEGA1 is the first floating solar plant in France and the most powerful in Europe. It produces 100% green energy covering the power consumption of 4,733 homes for a period of at least 20 years. With an output of 17MWc, the plant is deployed on 17 hectares of land. This revolutionary solar plant with its 47,000 modules is equipped with the latest generation Hydrelio® by Ciel & Terre floating structure.


The organiser reserves the right to cancel the tours in case of an insufficient number of participants, organisational reasons, force majeure or other unforeseeable events that render the execution of the tour impossible. The organiser shall immediately inform participants of such changes. Should the tour be cancelled by the organiser for the above cited reasons, the organiser will refund the technical tour registration fee in full. Claims for further liabilities or damages are excluded.

More information will follow soon.