ETIP Photovoltaics

Feb. 13, 2024 at 14:00 – Feb. 13, 2024 at 16:30

Expert Workshop - Definition of the European R&I priorities for the PV industry

The PV industry is undergoing major transformation in Europe and across the world. PV technologies have continued to transform radically over the past years, and breakthrough innovations are on the horizon at various levels of Technology Readiness, from the development of modules based on new materials, the substitution of raw materials, more efficient and digitalized manufacturing processes or an increased focus of circularity by design. These innovations all follow two overarching objectives that the PV industry is running towards at breakneck speed: ever higher efficiency, availability and reliability in PV electricity generation, and ever lower costs.

In this high-level event, PV experts from academia, research institutes, and the PV industry will convene to define the research and innovation priorities for the future.


Date: 13/02/2024, 14:00-16:30 CET

Location: SolarPower Europe office, Rond Point Schuman 3, 1040 Brussels, Belgium


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Workshop agenda: 

14:00-14:45 Opening and introduction

Industrialising innovation in PV: exchange with the European Commission

Discussion on solving the valley of death for PV innovation in Europe, towards a working lab-to-fab pipeline - financing instruments & support programmes for upscaling R&I

  • Maria Getsiou, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Elisabeth Schellmann, DG ENER European Commission

14:45-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-16:15 Discussion on R&I priorities for the PV Industry in Europe (breakout sessions)

  • PV modules (silicon, perovskite, thin films, tandem…)
  • Inverters and BOS
  • Manufacturing process/Manufacturing equipment
  • Materials, upstream and mid-stream processes

16:15-16:30 Conclusion and wrap-up