19 May 2021: Conference Day 1

Welcome address – Roch Drozdowski-Strehl, Conference Chairman and ETIP PV Vice-Chairman

Session I – LATEST TRENDS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE PV INDUSTRY

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 Introduction: Roch Drozdowski-Strehl, CEO at IPVF

  • Solar Manufacturing Accelerator & European Solar Initiative – Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO at SolarPower Europe
  • EC Solar PV Vision – Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, European Commission, Director for Ecosystems IV: Mobility & Energy intensive industries
  • Reshoring PV manufacturing: an annual 40B€ opportunity for Europe – Diego Pavia, CEO at EIT Innoenergy
  • What can the new PV Roadmap tell us? – Jutta Trube, Coordinator ITRPV, VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment
  • Panel Discussion (Industry Progress & Announcements) – Live discussion with all the presenters along with Guenter Erfurt, CEO of Meyer Burger Technology and Fabrizio Bizzarri, Head of Solar Innovation at Enel Green Power – Moderated by Gaëtan Masson, CEO at Becquerel Institute

Session II – EUROPEAN PV TECHNOLOGY: QUO VADIS?

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

Session Introduction: Delfina Muñoz, CEA Liten and Ivan Gordon, EERA PV / imec 

  • Renaissance of PV production in EU with 3 categories of c-Si-based technologies – Radovan Kopecek, ISC
  • PV SRIA Vision – How Technology and Manufacturing Improvements can Strengthen European PV Industry – Franz Karg, Avancis – CLICK HERE FOR THE RECORDED PRESENTATION
  • State-of-the-art and challenges of emerging PV technologies in Europe – Pere Roca i Cabarrocas, IPVF, EPKA – CLICK HERE FOR THE RECORDED PRESENTATION
  • The strategic importance of emerging technologies for European PV manufacturing as envisaged by the European PV SRIA – Simon Philipps, Fraunhofer ISE 
  • Panel discussion (How will European technology development and manufacturing enable the establishment of reliable and sustainable solar PV everywhere for everybody and forever) – Live discussion with all the presenters – Moderated by Ivan Gordon, EERA PV / imec 

20 May 2021: Annual Conference Day 2

 
Session III – RELIABLE AND SUSTAINABLE SOLAR PV EVERYWHERE

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

Session Introduction: Ulrike Jahn – VDE Renewables

  • The Strategic Importance of Reliability, Sustainability, and Integration in the PV Sector by the European PV SRIA – David Moser, EURAC Research
  • Reliability Challenges for New PV Material & Module Developments – Gernot Oreski, PCCL
  • Lifecycle PV quality assurance for PV power plants – Paolo V. Chiantore, BayWa r.e.
  • Research and Innovation for expanding solar power generation without expanding land use – Bianca Lim, ISFH
  • Panel Discussion (How can PV be installed and integrated in a reliable and sustainable way?) – Live discussion with all the presenters along with Andreas Wade, Global Sustainability Director at First Solar – Moderated by David Moser, EURAC Research & Ulrike Jahn, VDE Renewables

Session IV – FIT FOR 55% – SOLAR DRIVING EUROPE’S AMBITION

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.

Session Introduction: Wim Sinke, TNO Energy Transition and Walburga Hemetsberger, SolarPower Europe

  • How Can Europe Set the Right Milestones to Lead Us To A Decarbonized Continent By 2050? – Antonio Lopez-Nicolas, DG Energy, European Commission
  • What Are The EU Parliament’s Plans To Get Us Ready For 55% –  MEP Jutta Paulus, Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament
  • What Can Be The Role of Solar In Europe’s ambitions – Christian Breyer, LUT University
  • Solar As A No-Regret Option To Decarbonization? – Manon Dufour, E3G
  • Panel discussion – Moderated by Wim Sinke, TNO and Walburga Hemetsberger, SPE

This conference is free to attend. Please make sure to register to the session/s that you are interested in. Separate Zoom links will be sent to you for each of the sessions.  

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