Preliminary schedule subject to change without prior notice. 

04 May 2022: Conference Day One

Welcome address

Simon Philipps, Head of R&D Strategy, Fraunhofer Institute & 2022 Conference Chairman

Session I – STRENGTHS OF PV AND ONGOING INITIATIVES

PV in the center of the (Energy) Green Transition and the spotlight of European initiatives aiming to accelerate PV deployment, strengthen the value chain and maximize its value and impact

Session Chairs:  Maria Getsiou, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation & Marko Topic, Chairman, ETIP PV

Confirmed Presentations:

  • Introducing the EU Solar Energy Strategy – Ignacio Asenjo, Policy Officer at European Commission, DG ENER
  • PV manufacturing back to Europe – mission possible? Short-term measures to achieve long-term goals – Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Policy Director at European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC)
  • Good news from the innovation side to address the (multi ?) TW Challenge – Daniel Mugnier, IEA PVPS Chairman
  • Edition of International technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV) – Jutta Trube, Vice Managing Director at VDMA

Panel discussion with the above participants.

TitleSession II – TECHNOLOGICAL SOVEREIGNTY FOR PV

Session Chairs: Jutta Trube, Managing Director Photovoltaic Equipment, VDMA & Jochen Rentsch, Head of Department Production Technology – Surfaces and Interfaces, Fraunhofer ISE

Complete supply chains are an essential prerequisite for establishing sustainably successful and independent PV manufacturing in Europe.
This applies to both the production of process equipment and essential material components. The session will first provide an
overview of the existing PV supply chain landscape in Europe, and then examine the situation from the perspective of
both a module manufacturer and the supplier industry.

Confirmed Presentations:

  • EU Manufacturing Landscapes – Dr. Peter Fath, CEO, RCT Solutions GmbH
  • WACKER Polysilicon – A Strategic Supplier to a Sustainable EU PV Supply Chain – Christian Westermeier, Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Application Engineering at WACKER Polysilicon
  • Solar Glass Production in Europe – Growing markets need local sustainable, industrial production and strategic, long-term cooperation between businesses along the whole length of the value chain – Thomas Keyser, Solar Glass Products Manager at AGC Solar
  • Differentiation opportunities for European industry – Lucas Weiss is CEO of VOLTEC Solar

Panel discussion with the above participants.

05 May 2022: Conference Day 2


Session III – FUTURE CHALLENGES FOR THE TW-ERA

Session Chairs: Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SolarPower Europe & Ivan Gordon, Manager Photovoltaic Technology and Energy Systems, imec

“Future challenges for the TW-era” will discuss the main hurdles that need to be overcome to realize PV deployment on a massive scale of several TW per year. The session starts off with presenting future scenarios for PV deployment to realize Europe’s climatic goals and their impact on the cost of the resulting PV electricity. We will then dive deeper into the following challenges for massive PV deployment: grid integration and grid stability, security of supply, public acceptance, space availability, and dual-use of space. Special focus will be put on the contribution of European research and development to overcome these challenges.

Confirmed Presentations

  • Overview of scenarios for the TW PV Deployment – Christian Breyer, Professor for Solar Economy at LUT University, Finland.
  • How we can make sure a massive renewable deployment will guarantee the security of supply and system stability – Thorsten Bülo, System Development Engineer at SMA Solar Technology
  • Dual-use of land as an enabler of PV social acceptance – Thomas Lebreuilly, Akuo Energy

Panel discussion with all speakers above and the following panelists:

  • Renewable energy under the new CAP – Pénélope Vlandas, European Commission, DG Agriculture, and Rural Development
  • Citizen participation as a key to speed up PV deployment – Noémie Poize, AURA-EE

Session IV – TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE TW-PV

Session Chairs: Delfina Munoz, Senior Researcher in Photovoltaics, CEA & Rutger Schlatmann, Director PVcomB, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin

Following up on the challenges of the previous session, we will delve deeper into the technical challenges connected with a multi Terawatt PV market. PV technologies will be discussed especially in terms of harmonizing environmental, social, and bankable sustainability. We will look at material and energy flows connected to the PV production process as well as the importance of lifetime and circularity. From the R&D perspective, we will discuss the sustainability potential of future PV technologies and compare them to today´s state-of-the-art.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Regulatory approach for the sustainability of PV: integration of circular economy criteria and carbon footprint in EU Ecodesign and Energy label – Nieves Espinosa, Scientific Officer at European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre
  • The Time-Bomb is Ticking for Terawatt Scale Deployment of Photovoltaics -Brett Hallam, Associate Professor at UNSW
  • Sustainable PV for the Terawatt Age – Teresa Barnes, Group Manager PV Reliability, DuraMAT Director, and Distinguished Member of Research Staff at NREL
  • Sustainable backsheet solutions – Imco Goudswaard, Market Insights and Sustainability Lead at Endurans Solar

Panel discussion with the above participants.

This conference is free to attend.  Separate Zoom links will be sent to you for each of the sessions.  

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If you have any questions please contact Ms. Sofía Arancón from the ETIP PV Secretariat at sofia.arancon (at) wip-munich.de