ETIP Photovoltaics

Nov. 18, 2020 – Nov. 19, 2020

ETIP PV conference 2020 ‘I3PV - Integrated, Innovative, Intelligent’

The future of the energy system is electric. The future is solar PV!

By 2050, when the world must achieve carbon neutrality, ETIP PV's forecast based on conversion efficiency improvements and Solar PV’s declining cost is that solar PV will supply 70% of the world’s electricity generation. We will use solar PV to move, heat, cool, drive eco-friendly industrial processes and produce fuels. Solar PV will be deployed everywhere, in systems large and small, designed for productivity and aesthetics as required.

“Integrated PV” (PV deeply embedded into components used in the building industry or car industry, for example) will play a key role in this scenario. This will be a profitable market for Europe, with high potential for growth, which will bring numerous business opportunities. It needs R&D attention and accelerated innovation.

This conference highlighted the latest advances in all major Integrated PV applications and how they will contribute to the energy transition as well as EU-based value creation. 



18 November 2020: Conference Day 1 (15:00 - 18:00)

Session I – Building and Infrastructure Integrated Photovoltaics

A live panel discussion where investors, architects, PV module manufacturers and developers will share their needs. How can these be met simultaneously at the right price?

Moderated by: Franz Karg, Avancis


  • Designing PV for buildings - Beat Kämpfen, Kämpfen für Architektur
  • Point of view of a city planner - Stefan Sattler, Magistrat der Stadt Wien – Energieplanung
  • Perspective from a module producer - Lutz Tautenhahn, Avancis
  • BIM - Philippe Alamy, Enerbim
  • Roadmap on Technology development - José María de la Vega, Tecnalia
  • PV for the Heating and Cooling Sector - Daniel Mugnier, TECSOL

Session II – Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics

Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaics helps to reduce GHG emissions, e.g. by creating range extension, reducing the electric charges and by supporting car lighting, air conditioning and other accessories. Most recent developments from the car industry will be presented and discussed.

Moderated by: Kaining Ding, Forschungszentrum Jülich


  • Latest Developments at a2-solar GmbH in Solar Applications for Vehicles - Reinhard Wecker, a2-solar
  • VIPV – Examining use cases with the TNO Energy Flow Model - Anna Carr, TNO Energy Transition
  • Challenges and Strategies for mass introduction of VIPV technologies - Mathieu Baudrit, Sono Motors
  • Designing EV with solar PV - Norman Starke, Proof Technologies
  • Form, color, function: R&D aspects of VIPV module technology - Bianca Lim, ISFH

Session III – PV in local energy systems

Local vs. remote energy production: how it matters for the transition to zero carbon territory

Moderated by: Pierre Jean Alet, CSEM


  • Energy communities and solar cooperatives - Stanislas d’Herbemont, Rescoop
  • Distribution system operator on further electrification and how integrated PV can help - Joao Torres, EDP Distribuição - Energia, S.A.
  • Tbc

19 November 2020: Conference Day 2 (15:00 - 18:00)

Session IV – Agrivoltaics

Agrivoltaics aims at simultaneously using agricultural land for food production and PV power generation. Enabling a large increase of land use efficiency, APV opens the door for substantially expanding PV capacity while preserving fertile arable land for agriculture.

Moderated by: Max Trommsdorff, Fraunhofer ISE


  • A decade (2010-2019) of APV research in France: lessons and prospects - Christian Dupraz, INRA Montpellier
  • APV policy (raspberry farm) - Stephan Schindele, BayWa r.e.(tbc)
  • APV-RESOLA: Does the first German Agrophotovoltaic Research Plant at Heggelbach allow for sufficient agricultural production? - Petra Högy, University of Hohenheim
  • Innovative APV technology of herbs production - Barbara Baj Wójtowicz, Oxford University
  • WEF-nexus, dryland APV - Greg Barron-Gafford, University of Arizona 
  • Solar Sharing in Japan - Makoto Tajima, ISEP

Session V – PV in water and infrastructure

Human population is often concentrated near water, in areas where there is large competition for land usage (agriculture, buildings, infra, nature). This is the main reason why in recent years the interest in floating solar solutions for electricity generation has increased enormously.

Moderated by: Wiep Folkerts, TNO


  • Performance of floating solar in comparison to PV on land - Minne de Jong, TNO Energy Transition 
  • Challenges in the integration of floating solar plants in the water resources - Miguel Redón Santafé, Isigénere
  • Robustness of Floating Solar Systems and market perspective - Toni Weigl, BayWa r.e
  • Wattway, from R&D to commercialization - Dick Heslinga, CEA-INES


Closing SessionThe opportunity represented by Integrated PV applications on local value creation

  • Live panel discussion with high level representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the ETIP PV.