Organisers of the 34th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (PVSC) have announced the highest conference attendance figures in the history of the event.
The industry’s most respected global gathering of leading PV scientists and engineers had a record 1,348 scientists, policy-makers, industry executives, and others-excluding exhibitors-in 2009. This number is slightly higher than the year before and almost double the number of attendees in 2005.
Tim Anderson, the 2009 PVSC chairman, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, said, “In contrast to the many other industry conferences that have been crippled this year by the global recession, we think the turnout of the global solar community for the 2009 PVSC is a clear indication that the prospects for solar energy have never been brighter.”
The 2009 PVSC was held in Philadelphia in June and was co-located with Solar Energy Industries Association’s PV America. The event featured 140 exhibitors and 654 technical presentations on topics ranging from various solar technologies, to modules and system components, to space technologies, manufacturing, materials, testing and much more.
The 35th IEEE PVSC will take place in June 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Technical abstracts will be accepted beginning in October, with a deadline of Feb. 15, 2010. Exhibitor and attendee registration will open in March 2010.