Brussels, 26th January 2015 – Prof. Marko Topič, Head of Laboratory
of Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics of the University of Ljubljana
in Slovenia, was elected as the new Chairman of the EU PV
Technology Platform (EU PVTP). The election was held during the
last EU PVTP Steering Committee Meeting and took place on 16th
December 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.
Prof. Topič has been the Chairman of the Slovenian Photovoltaic
Technology Platform since 2006. He is a Ful Professor at the Faculty
of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana and he has a
very broad research experience in Photovoltaics, Thin-film Semiconductor Materials,
Electron Devices, Optoelectronics, Electronic Circuits, and Reliability Engineering. He is a
member of the Slovenian Academy of Engineering and has received several prestigious
awards, including the Zoisova nagrada 2008 (the highest award of the Republic of
Slovenia for Scientific and Research Achievements).
The EU PVTP, which has developed joint European strategies and plans for innovation and
deployment of photovoltaics since 2007, brings together key stakeholders from the
photovoltaic sector and is a grouping of 70 science and business experts from the PV and
closely-related industries. With its unique independent position and broad coverage of
expertise, the EU PVTP plays a major role for public and private entities. In his new role as
Chairman of the EU PV Technology Platform, Marko Topič is engaged to foster its role as
independent entity providing strategic guidance for its stakeholders on the development
of technologies related to Photovoltaics that wil address the future needs of electricity in
the European Energy Union.
“The Photovoltaic sector has gone through a dynamic, but overall successful decade
with periods of market-driven, industry-driven and research-driven innovation. We see
research and innovation as a key enabler for successful continuation of EU to be at the
forefront and remain a leader R&D&I for photovoltaics and hence, to be able to seize the
great economic opportunities associated with its growth in European and global markets.
European PVTP welcomes President Juncker’s vision of Europe's Energy Union to become
the world number one in renewable energies. The 315 b€ investment plan should path the
implementation of the policy agenda of President Juncker. Europe should sharpen
framework conditions to maintain a leading role as promoter of effective policies and
solutions, and the opportunities offered by its industries as providers of advanced
technologies for a global low carbon economy. Advances in technology and efficiency
give reasons for optimism, but sustained political efforts wil be essential to change energy
trends for the better and to realize the Europe's vision.”
Wim Sinke and Gaëtan Masson elected as Vice-Chairmen
Wim Sinke, former Chairman of the EU PVTP and programme development manager at
ECN Solar Energy, and Gaëtan Masson, Director of the Becquerel Institute, were elected
as Vice-Chairmen of the EU PV Technology Platform.
Wim Sinke has been involved in the Platform and its
predecessor, PV TRAC, from their establishment. He has been
the Chairman of the EU PVTP from 2008 to 2014.
“The ‘PV job’ is not yet done. The new Vision paper of the EU
PVTP, which I co-authored and ful y support, marks the
beginning of a new era for PV and for the Platform.
Developing the PV sector further along the lines of (European)
energy and economy is crucial for public and political support and thus, for success. This
wil not be easy, but that is exactly the reason why a common voice and joint action are
so important. I am particularly committed to two chal enges addressed by the Platform:
defining strategic priorities for research and innovation (in relation to short and longer-
term success of the European PV sector) and helping to formulate and communicate
powerful and inspiring messages about the benefits of PV for energy, environment and
economy. In Brussels and in member states; for laymen, experts, politicians, entrepreneurs,
students, and more. I have done this countless times over the past decades, look forward
to continue to do this. This should be done together with other sectors where possible and
feasible. The times of operating in isolation are over.”
Gaëtan Masson, Electromechanical Engineer from the Université Libre
de Bruxel es in Belgium, is the Director of the Becquerel Institute. The
Becquerel Institute is a PV-focused company and research center
founded in 2014. It focuses on various aspects of PV development, from
market analysis to competitiveness, electricity markets integration and
industry development, in Europe and global y.
After more than 10 years in the financial and IT sectors, he moved to the
PV industry and developed the Business Intel igence unit of EPIA, the European PV Industry
Association. Since 2013, he is the Operating Agent of the Task 1 of the PV programme of
the International Energy Agency (IEA PVPS), a group of international experts focusing on
PV markets and industry research. He is part of the Scientific Committee of the EU-PVSEC
and Intersolar conferences.
For further information please contact:
Sofía Arancón, EU PVTP Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org)