ETIP Photovoltaics

May 28, 2019 – May 29, 2019


Annual conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics

The ETIP PV conference “Readying for the TW era” took place on 28&29 May 2019 at the BIP (Rue Royale 2-4) in Brussels, Belgium.

PV reached a new milestone of the end of 2018 with half a TW of installed capacity globally and more is expected to come in the coming years, with a growing market on all continents. In an expected multi-hundreds of GW annual market, challenges are numerous for the manufacturing industry, and policymakers. Low solar energy prices are unlocking new innovative business models which will reshape the energy landscape, for electricity consumers, mobility, buildings and the industry. This conference aimed at presenting these challenges and bring some answers on how the approaching solar-PV TW era will shape the energy transition.

This event was registered as an official Energy Day of the EU Sustainable Energy Week.


28 May 2019: Annual Conference (09:15 – 17:30)

9:15 Conference Opening 

  • [Keynote speech] Photovoltaics: is there still a need for R&D and what should come next?, Prof. C. Ballif, EPFL and director CSEM PV-center

Session I – Industry and Market Status: PV entering a new era of massive development

Session II – Long term Development Options: from clean transportation and smart buildings to solar fuels and more – a PV Vision

Session III – Challenges for high PV penetration in Europe: the role of innovative policies and cross-cutting business models

  • Electricity market design, J. Donoso, UNEF
  • Panel discussion: F. Sotiau (ENGIE), L. Calleri (Elettricità Futura), D. Wedepohl (BSW-Solar), D. Mugnier (TECSOL/IEA-SHC), M. Machado (TECNALIA)

Session IV – Manufacturing challenges for Europe: filling the gap with competitors

  • Panel discussion: P. Wohlfart (SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES), W. Storm (Wacker), F. Bizzarri (Enel Green Power), E. Ast (Staubli), O. Calkoen (HYET)

17:15 Conference Closing & Networking Cocktail

29 May 2019: ‘ Innovation challenges in the implementation of PV self-consumption in Europe, guidelines and field experience’ Workshop (9:00 - 13:00)

Download the programme . 


The porgramme was complemented by a selected number of poster presentations.

The posters were displayed in the conference room during the full day. Tthe authors of selected abstracts presented their projects in two dedicated poster sessions at 11:30 –12:00 and 15:45 –16:15.

Find the Poster Presenter Display here

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