The 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) has released its program for the event taking place September 5 through September 9 at the Congress Center and International Fair in Hamburg. Conference General Chairman Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink and Technical Program Chairman Dr. Amulf Jäger-Waldau, both from the European Commission, DG Joint Research Center, helped the International Scientific Committee sort the 1,728 abstracts that applied to present at the conference. This year’s EU PVSEC will feature 82 sessions with 28 plenary, 326 oral and over 1,200 visual poster presentations.
All PV technologies will be covered at the conference with sessions and presentations scheduled to include topics such as advanced photovoltaics: new concepts and ultra-high efficiency, wafer-based silicon solar cells and material technology, thin-film solar cells, components of PV systems, PV systems and PV taking off: large-scale development.
“The last year has seen a lot of progress in PV deployment, notably in Europe with an estimated installation of almost 14GW. Meanwhile all European Member States have delivered their National Renewable Energy Action Plans to the European Commission, and it looks that there is a firm commitment which will bring Europe's PV capacity to 100GW by 2020,” Ossenbrink states. “Many presentations at the 26th EU PVSEC address the technology developments which shall lead towards 2020, and in particular regarding Europe's share in producing this expected quantity.”
September’s EU PVSEC will also include the inaugural EU PVSEC Student Awards, which aims to encourage high-quality work from young researchers and recognizes their significant research in the PV field. The Scientific Committee nominated six individuals who will be presented with the Student Award in Hamburg.