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What is WCPEC?

The World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-8) is the world’s biggest platform for PV research and development, offering a unique possibility of international exchange by combining the three largest and most prominent international PV conferences: the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (39th EU PVSEC), the Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (IEEE PVSC-50) and the International PV Science and Engineering Conference (PVSEC-32).

A global get together

After being in place for more than a quarter of a century, the WCPEC, being held every four years, is firmly established among the global PV community as THE event for the greatest minds and experts in various PV sectors to meet and discuss, to exchange and network!

In 2022, Europe has the honour to host the 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, interchanging the prestigious EU PVSEC for this year, that is being held annually for more than 40 years.

The WCPEC consists of different elements that complement each other to cover the whole spectrum PV has to offer.

It is a meeting point for PV experts worldwide, offering a programme that provides an overview and insights beyond one's own field and ensures that topics that yield an interface between sectors and fields can be addressed explicitly.

As the “new king of electricity” solar power has a key role to play in the energy transition and the WCPEC is THE place to discuss the photovoltaic (r)evolution.



September 26-30, 2022
Milan, Italy

Alessandra Scognamiglio, General Chair
Yuzuru Ueda, Vice General Chair
Seth Hubbard, Vice General Chair


June 10-15, 2019
Waikoloa, Hawaii

Alex Freundlich, General Chair
Marko Topic, Vice General Chair
Akira Yamada, Vice General Chair


November 23-27, 2014
Kyoto, Japan

Makoto Konagai, General Chair
Sheila Bailey, Vice General Chair
A. Jaeger-Waldau, Vice General Chair


September 6-10, 2010
Valencia, Spain

Giovanni De Santi, General Chair
Makoto Konagai, Vice General Chair
Robert Walters, Vice General Chair


May 8-12, 2006
Waikoloa, Hawaii

Sheila Bailey, General Chair
Heinz Ossenbrink, Vice General Chair
Makoto Konagai, Vice General Chair


May 11-18, 2003
Osaka, Japan; Conf. Center

Kosuke Kurokawa, General Chair
Lawrence L. Kazmerski, Vice General Chair
Bernard McNelis, Vice General Chair


July 6-10, 1998
Vienna, Austria; Conf. Center

Juergen Schmid, General Chair
Kosuke Kurokawa, Vice General Chair
Sheila G. Bailey, Vice General Chair


December 5-9, 1994
Waikoloa, HI; Hilton

Dennis J. Flood, General Chair
Juergen Schmid, Vice General Chair
Masafumi Yamaguchi, Vice General Chair