19-20 MAY 2021





‘Solar PV Big & Beyond’ – Delivering the 2030 Climate Targets 

ETIP PV Annual Conference

As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission proposed in September 2020 to raise the 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target, including emissions and removals, to at least 55% compared to 1990.

The Annual Conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics will discuss the challenges of delivering these 2030 climate targets to Europe. The EU has to move towards a climate-neutral economy and has to implement its commitments under the Paris Agreement by updating its Nationally Determined Contribution. ETIP PV supports all activities and steps to be taken to make Europe a leader in green energy and to build an independent, clean energy supply.

The event will take place online and will cover four sessions with a series of live panel discussions on
May 19 & 20, 2021 from 2 pm – 5:30 pm CET (Brussels Time) 

More details will be announced soon.
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Program Highlights

Day 1

19 May 2021 – 2 pm – 5:30 pm CET

Session #1
The Opening session will bring together industry leaders, high-level Representatives of the European Commission as well as EU organizations to provide a comprehensive overview of the EU PV INDUSTRY.

Session #2
Two key Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) challenges will be addressed during this session: Industry-ready Technologies as well as Emerging Technologies.

Day 2

20 May 2021 – 2 pm – 5:30 pm CET

Session #3
The key Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) domains to be the focus of this session are PV integration, Quality & Sustainability.

Session #4
Rounding out the two days of interactive sessions will be done in a discussion between high-level representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission, and PV specialists.


“Launched on February 23rd, 2021, the European Solar Initiative, supported by Commissioners Thierry Breton and Kadri Simson, as well as French Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher, creates historical momentum for the solar PV sector in Europe. In this unique context, the annual ETIP PV Conference is designed to reflect the latest trends and announcements in the PV industry. It will provide a comprehensive update on the research and innovation areas which are key to the realization of Europe’s ambitions: accelerating the energy transition, creating quality jobs, pushing industrial competitiveness & strategic autonomy in renewable technologies”.

Roch Drozdowski-Strehl, Conference Chairman and ETIP PV Vice-Chairman


“The annual ETIP-PV conference brings the current R&I in a variety of PV technologies and applications that will expand and accelerate PV deployment. I look forward to meeting on-line the selected speakers and to get insights into the latest R&I trends that will pay the way to restrengthen manufacturing in Europe.”

Marko Topič, ETIP PV Chairman

‘Our annual conference gives you top quality information ánd inspiration for your work-related to PV and the energy transition or any other purpose. This year’s theme ‘Solar PV Big & Beyond’ reflects what PV has to offer to reach ambitious climate targets while addressing other societal challenges at the same time. You are invited to join and contribute to the success of the event and of PV!’

Wim Sinke, ETIP PV Vice-Chairman

“Europe is already a world leader in innovative solar applications – including floating solar, agrisolar, and BIPV. In order to maintain this position, continued research and innovation in the EU solar sector is crucial, taking advantage of the historic cost-competitiveness of solar. The ETIP-PV conference offers important insights on how new developments in solar can not only make us ‘Fit for 55%’ but also how they can contribute to achieving climate neutrality in Europe before 2050.”

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SolarPower Europe 

The “Solar PV – Big and Beyond” virtual conference will be a milestone event at which the European PV sector (industry and R&D centres) will present a joint strategic research and innovation agenda that outlines how solar energy will contribute to Europe reaching its 2030 climate goals. The conference will also highlight the main R&D challenges of solar for the coming decade that need to be tackled in Europe. I strongly recommend this conference to all people that are interested in how PV technology in Europe will evolve in the coming years and contribute to realizing Europe’s Green Deal.

Ivan Gordon, EERA PV / imec

Conference Supporters:

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Sofía Arancón from  the ETIP PV Secretariat at

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825669