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WCPEC-8 Committees

WCPEC-8 Scientific Committee

Programme Technical Chairs

Granting the excellence of the Conference Technical Programme.

Robert Kenny

European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Italy

Shuji Hayase

Kyushu Insititute of Technology, Japan

Arno Smets

TU Delft, The Netherlands

Topic Chairs

EU PVSEC 39th (host)


Silicon Materials and Cells
Stefan Glunz, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Qi Wang, Jinko solar, China
Kaining Ding, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Evolving and Emerging Technologies: Tandems; Thin Film absorbers; III-V; New Materials and Concepts; Advanced Modelling
Marika Edoff, Uppsala University, Sweden Udo Bach, Monash University, Australia Charles Hages, University of Florida, USA
Photovoltaic Modules and BoS Components

Ulrike Jahn, VDE Renewables, Germany

Alison Lennon, UNSW, Australia
Teresa Barnes, NREL, USA
PV Systems Engineering, Integrated/Applied PV
David Moser, EURAC, Italy
Thomas Reindl, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Clifford Hansen, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Energy Transition – Integration, Storage, Sustainability, Policy, Economics, Energy Poverty, Society
Stefan Nowak, NET Nowak Energy & Technology, Switzerland Keiichi Komoto, Mizuho Research and Technologies, Japan Annick Anctil, Michigan State University, USA

Topic Organisers

Status as of 31.1.2022

TOPIC 1: Silicon Materials and Cells

1.1 Feedstock, Crystallisation, Wafering, Defect Engineering

Dr. Dennis Bredemeier

ISFH, Germany

Dr. Stephan Riepe

Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

1.2 High Temperature Route for Si Cells

Prof. Dr. Giso Hahn

University of Konstanz, Germany

Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Glunz

Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

1.3 Low Temperature Route for Si Cells

Dr. Kaining Ding

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Arthur W. Weeber

TNO Energy Transition, The Netherlands

Dr. Delfina Munoz

CEA/INES, France

Prof. Dr. Pere Roca i Cabarrocas


1.4 Thin Film and Foil-Based Si Cells

Dr. Julio Cárabe


Dr. Marko Topic

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

1.5 Characterisation & Simulation of Si Cells

Dr. Francesca Ferrazza

ENI, Italy

Dr. Karsten Bothe

ISFH, Germany

1.6 Manufacturing & Production of Si Cells

Dr. Stefan Peters

Hanwha Q CELLS, Germany

Dr. Qi Wang

Jinko Solar, China

TOPIC 2: Evolving and Emerging Technologies: Tandems; Thin film Absorbers; III-V; New Materials and Concepts; Advanced Modelling

2.1 Tandems

Prof. Dr. Ivan Gordon

imec, Belgium

Dr. Jan Christoph Goldschmidt

Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

2.2 Perovskites

Prof. Udo Bach

Monash University, Australia

Dr. Sjoerd Veenstra

TNO Energy Transition, Netherlands

Dr. Wolfgang Tress

Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

2.3 CI(G)S, CdTe and Related Thin Films; Organic and Dye-Sensitised devices

Prof. Charles Hages

University of Florida, USA

Prof. Dr. Ayodhya Nath Tiwari

EMPA, Switzerland

Dr. Marika Edoff

Uppsala University, Sweden

2.4 III-V and Related Compound Semiconductors

Dr. Gerald Siefer

Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

Dr. Giovanni Flamand

imec, Belgium

2.5 New materials, devices and conversion concepts

Prof. Antonio Martí Vega

UPM, Spain

Prof. Dr. Jozef (Jef) Poortmans

imec, Belgium

2.6 Advanced modeling and characterization

Dr. Inigo Ramiro

Nova University Lisbon, Portugal

Dr. Phoebe Pearce

UNSW, United Kingdom

TOPIC 3: Photovoltaic Modules and BoS Components

3.1 PV Module Design and Manufacturing

Dr. Alison Lennon

UNSW, Australia

Mr. William Gambogi

DuPont, USA

3.2 Materials for PV Modules, Durability, Reliability and Accelerated Testing Methods

Prof. Ralph Gottschalg

Fraunhofer CSP, Germany

Ms. Teresa Barnes


Ms. Ulrike Jahn

VDE Renewables, Germany

3.3 PV Module Performance – Modelling, Testing, Standards

Dr. Werner Herrmann

TÜV Rheinland, Germany

Dr. Giorgio Bardizza

European Commission JRC, Italy

3.4 Balance of System Components

Dr. Claudia Buerhop-Lutz

HI ERN, Germany

Prof. Nicola Pearsall

Northumbria University, United Kingdom

TOPIC 4: PV Systems Engineering, Integrated/applied PV

4.1 Solar Resource and Forecasting

Dr. Ana Maria Gracia Amillo

CENER National Renewable Energy Centre, Spain

Prof. Dr. Wilfried G.J.H.M. van Sark

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

4.2 Engineering Design and Installation of PV Systems

Prof. Franz P. Baumgartner

Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Dr. Clifford Hansen

Sandia National Laboratories, USA

4.3 Operation, Performance and Maintenance of PV Systems

Mr. Gerhard Mütter


Prof. João M. Almeida Serra

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Dr. David Moser

EURAC, Italy

4.4 PV and Buildings

Dr. Alessandra Scognamiglio

ENEA, Italy

Dr. Francesco Frontini

SUPSI, Switzerland

4.5 Infrastructure-integrated PV (I2PV) and nature-inclusive PV (eco-PV); vehicle integrated PV (VIPV)

Dr. Thomas Reindl

NUS National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. Roland M. E. Valckenborg

TNO, The Netherlands

Dr. Eszter (Esther) Voroshazi

CEA, France

4.6 Power Electronics and Electrical Grid Interface

Dr. Giovanna Adinolfi

ENEA, Italy

Prof. Urs Muntwyler

Dr. Schüpbach & Muntwyler, Switzerland

4.7 Concentrators, TPV

Prof. Ignacio Antón Hernández

UPM, Spain

Dr. Kenji Araki

University of Miyazaki, Japan

4.8 PV for Space Applications

Dr. Stephen Taylor

European Space Agency, The Netherlands

Dr. Roberta Campesato

CESI, Italy

TOPIC 5: Energy transition – Integration, Storage, Sustainability, Policy, Economics, Energy Poverty, Society

5.1 Energy System Integration; Storage

Ms. Ingrid Weiss

WIP Renewable Energies, Germany

Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies

ACCURE Battery Intelligence, Germany

Mr. Rui Pestana

R&D NESTER, Portugal

5.2 Sustainability, Environment, and Circularity of PV

Dr. Karsten Wambach

Wambach-Consulting, Germany

Dr. Annick Anctil

Michigan State University, USA

Mr. Keiichi Komoto

Mizuho Research & Technologies, Japan

5.3 Modelling and Scenarios for Renewables, Policy, Global Challenges

Ms. Maria Getsiou

European Commission DG RTD, Belgium

Mr. Philippe Malbranche

CEA-INES, France

Dr. Stefan Nowak

NET Nowak Energy & Technology, Switzerland

5.4 Costs, Economics, Finance and Markets

Prof. Dr. Christian Breyer

Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Mr. Gaëtan Masson

Becquerel Institute, Belgium

Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink

Band Gap, Germany

5.5 Regional experiences; Combatting Energy Poverty

Prof. Juzer Vasi

IIT Bombay, India

Dr. Simona De Iuliis

ENEA, Italy

5.6 Societal challenges; citizens’ participation, awareness

Ms. Nives della Valle

European Commission JRC, Italy

Dr. Komali Yenneti

University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Paper Reviewers

Dr. Martin P. Bellmann, SINTEF, Norway
Dr. Malek Benmansour, CEA, France
Dr. Timothy Bruton, Progress in Photovoltaics, United Kingdom
Dr. Alison Ciesla, UNSW, Australia Australia
Dr. Christian Hagendorf, Fraunhofer CSP, Germany
Dr. Karl Hesse, Wacker Chemie, Germany
Mr. Xuegong Yu, Zhejiang University, China
Prof. Dr. Rolf Brendel, ISFH, Germany
Dr. Sébastien Dubois, CEA, France
Dr. Thorsten Dullweber, ISFH, Germany
Dr. Marco Ernst, ANU, Australia
Dr. Ronald C.G. Naber, Hanwha Q CELLS, The Netherlands
Mr. William Nemeth, NREL, USA
Dr. Ralf Preu, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Dr. Barbara Terheiden, University of Konstanz, Germany
Prof. Dr. Rasit Turan, METU, Turkey
Dr. Guangtao Yang, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Dr. Martin Hermle, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Mr. William Dauksher, Arizona State University, USA
Dr. Wilfried Favre, CEA, France
Dr. Antoine Descoeudres, CSEM, Switzerland
Dr. Jörg Horzel, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Prof. Yoshio Ohshita, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan
Dr. Jochen Rentsch, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Prof. Dr. Jan Schmidt, ISFH, Germany
Mr. Jun Zhao, CSEM, Switzerland
Dr. Matthieu Despeisse, CSEM, Switzerland
Dr. Paola Delli Veneri, ENEA, Italy
Dr. Stefan Gall, HZB, Germany
Dr. Alexander Meeder, Geo-En Energy Technologies, Germany
Dr. Johannes Meier, Meier Technologies, Switzerland
Dr. Michael Vetter, IPHT, Germany
Dr. Takuya Matsui, AIST, Japan
Ms. Nekane Azkona, UPV/EHU, Spain
Dr. Alona Otaegi, UPV/EHU, Spain
Dr. Martin C. Schubert, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Prof. Akira Yamada, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Mr. Kai Sporleder, Fraunhofer CSP, Germany
Mr. Luca Serenelli, ENEA, Italy
Dr. André Augusto, Arizona State University, USA
Prof. Daniel MacDonald, ANU, Australia
Dr. Derk L. Bätzner, Meyer Burger Research, Switzerland
Dr. Adrien Danel, CEA, France
Dr. Peter Fath, RCT-Solutions, Germany
Dr. Axel Metz, Axel Metz, Germany
Dr. H.-J. Nonnenmacher, Meyer Burger, Germany
Dr. Weiliang Wu, Tongwei Solar, China
Dr. Pierre Verlinden, AMROCK, Australia
Dr. Weiming Zhang, Gonda Electronic Technology, China
Prof. Dr. Steve Albrecht, HZB, Germany
Dr. Gianluca Coletti, TNO Energy Transition, The Netherlands
Dr. Alessandro Virtuani, EPFL, Switzerland
Dr. Ulrich Wilhelm Paetzold, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Mr. Arnaud Walter, CSEM, Switzerland
Dr.  Frank Dimroth, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Mr. Stéphane Cros, CEA, France
Dr. Nikoleta Kyranaki, CEA, France
Ms. Maria João Brites, LNEG, Portugal
Dr. Christopher Fell, CSIRO Energy Technology, Australia
Dr. Shujuan Huang, Macquarie University, Australia
Prof. Dr. Ching-Fuh, Lin National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Dr. Anita Ho-Baillie, University of Sydney, Australia
Mr. Blago Mihaylov, European Commission JRC, Italy
Dr. Yasemin Saygili, ODTÜ-GÜNAM, Turkey
Dr. Nicolas Barreau, University of Nantes, France
Dr. Thomas Dalibor, Avancis, Germany
Prof. Stuart J. C. Irvine, Swansea University, United Kingdom
Dr. Shogo Ishizuka, AIST, Japan
Dr. Philipp Kratzert, SOLARWATT, Germany
Prof. Dr. Martha Ch. Lux-Steiner, HZB, Germany
Dr. Marc Meuris, UHasselt - IMO IMOMEC, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Alessandro Romeo, University of Verona, Italy
Dr. Volker Sittinger, Fraunhofer IST, Germany
Dr. Mirjam Theelen, TNO/Solliance, The Netherlands
Dr. Veronica Bermudez, Benito QEERI, Qatar
Dr. Mónica Lira-Cantú, CIN3, Spain
Prof. Dr. Doriana Dimova-Malinovska, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Dr. Riccardo Po, Eni, Italy
Prof. Dr. Alex Redinger, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Dr. Stefan Paetel, ZSW, Germany
Prof. Richard King, Arizona State University, USA
Dr. Gianluca Timò, RSE, Italy
Dr. Takashi Minemoto, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Dr. James Patrick Connolly, GeePs, France
Mr. Jonathan Govaerts, imec, Belgium
Dr. M. Angeles Hernandez-Fenollosa, UPV, Spain
Prof. Dr. Kees Hummelen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Mr. Jean-Paul Kleider, CNRS/GeePs, France
Prof. Dr. Igor Konovalov, University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany
Dr. Dirk König, UNSW Australia, Australia
Prof. Yoshitaka Okada, University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Francesco Roca, ENEA, Italy
Dr. Marin Rusu, HZB, Germany
Dr. Nicholas Ekins-Daukes, UNSW, Australia Australia
Prof. Claude Lévy-Clément, CNRS, France
Prof. Dr. Ruud E. I. Schropp, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Dr. Takeshi Tayagaki, AIST, Japan

Dr. Wilhelm Warta, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech, HZB, Germany
Dr. Antonin Faes, CSEM, Switzerland
Mr. Max Mittag, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Prof. Dr. Miguel-Ángel Muñoz-García, UPM, Spain
Dr. Henning Nagel, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Dr. Ioanis Tsanakas, CEA INES, France
Dr. Chen Zhu, LONGi, China
Dr. Guy Beaucarne, Dow Silicones, Belgium
Mr. Roland Einhaus, Apollon Solar, France
Dr. Gernot Oreski, PCCL, Austria
Mr. Matthias Pander, Fraunhofer CSP, Germany
Dr. Nick Bosco, NREL, USA
Prof. Dr. Sener Oktik, Kadir Has University, Turkey
Dr. Christian Camus, LayTec, Germany
Dr. Tony Sample, European Commission JRC, Italy
Dr. Ronald Sinton, Sinton Instruments, USA
Prof. Jatin Roy, IIT Kharagpur, India
Dr. Christos Monokroussos, TÜV Rheinland, China
Ms. Gabi Friesen, SUPSI, Switzerland
Dr. Yoshihiro Hishikawa, AIST, Japan
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Nussbaumer, ZHAW, Switzerland
Dr. Juan Lopez-Garcia, QEERI, Italy
Dr. Harald Müllejans, European Commission JRC, Italy
Dr. Mauro Paverttoni, SERIS, Singapore
Dr. Giorgio Graditi, ENEA, Italy
Mr. Jens Moschner, KU Leuven, Belgium
Dr. Pieter Bauwens, Ghent University, Belgium
Dr. Frederic Dross, STS, USA
Dr. Christos Protogeropoulos, EEPS, Greece
Mr. Philippe Blanc, MINES ParisTech, France
Mr. Jan Remund, Meteotest, Switzerland
Dr. Manajit Sengupta, NREL, USA
Dr. Atse Louwen, Eurac Research, Italy
Dr. Jose Antonio Ruiz-Arias, UMA, Spain
Dr. Takashi Oozeki, AIST, Japan
Dr. Cristina Alonso-Tristán, UBU, Spain
Mr. Matteo Carbone, ENEL Green Power, Italy
Dr. Kari Lappalainen, Tampere University, Finland
Mr. Christer Nyman, Soleco, Finland
Ms. Patricia Darez, 351 Renewables, Chile
Mr. Matthias Grottke, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
Mr. Klaus Kiefer, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Dr. Peter Hacke, NREL, USA
Prof. Dr. Oliver Mayer, Bayern Innovativ, Germany
Dr. Jay Lin, PV Guider, Taiwan
Ms. Sandy Rodrigues, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Prof. Anne Migan-Dubois, GeePs, France
Dr. Joshua S. Stein, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Mr. Prakash Suratkar, PV Diagnostics, India
Mr. Dirk Stellbogen, ZSW, Germany
Dr. Marios Theristis, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Mr. Peter Lechner, ZSW, Germany
Dr. Eduardo Román Medina, Tecnalia, Spain
Dr. Lutz Tautenhahn, AVANCIS, Germany
Mr. Beat Kaempfen, Kämpfen Zinke + Partner, Switzerland
Dr. Ingo Hagemann, Architekturbüro Hagemann, Germany
Dr. Pierluigi Bonomo, SUPSI, Switzerland
Dr. Gabriele C. Eder, OFI, Austria
Mr. Tjerk Reijenga, BEAR-iD, The Netherlands
Mr. Kostas Sinapis, Trespa International, The Netherlands
Mr. Pablo Alonso, BWP Baumanagement, Germany
Dr. Lenneke H. Slooff-Hoek, TNO Energy Transition, The Netherlands
Dr. Martin Heinrich, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Prof. Robby Peibst, ISFH, Germany
Dr. Kaining Ding, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Mr. Maarten Dörenkämper, TNO, The Netherlands
Dr. Bas Van Aken, TNO, The Netherlands
Dr. Grazia Barchi, Eurac Research, Italy
Dr. Venizelos Efthymiou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Prof. Dr. Kensuke Nishioka, University of Miyazaki, Japan
Dr. Marta Victoria, Aarhus University, Denmark
Dr. Victor Khorenko, Azur Space, Germany
Dr. Randy J. Ellingson, Toledo University, USA
Mr. Miguel Ángel Vázquez Rodríguez, DHV Technology, Spain
Mr. Jean-Marie Klein, CEA, France
Mr. Pascal Lalanne, HydroClapeyron, France
Ms. Ana Catarina Neves Foles, University of Évora, Portugal
Dr. Eva Schüpbach, BUAS, Switzerland
Dr. Pierre-Jean Alet, CSEM, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Miguel Centeno Brito, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Mr. Roland Bründlinger ,AIT, Austria
Mr. Fabian Carigiet, ZHAW, Switzerland
Mr. Bruno Gaiddon, HESPU,L France
Mr. Jesus S. da Costa Fernandes, University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany
Prof. Vasilis Fthenakis, Columbia University, USA
Dr. Wolfram Palitzsch, LuxChemtech, Germany
Ms. Sofía Arancón, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
Dr. Emily Parnham, DuPont, United Kingdom
Mr. Garvin Heath, NREL, USA
Mr. Stefano Capaccioli, ETA - Florence Renewable Energies, Italy
Dr. Nigel Taylor, European Commission JRC, Italy
Dr. Davide Polverini, European Commission DG GROWTH, Belgium
Mr. Gregory (Greg) Arrowsmith, EUREC, Belgium
Ms. Silvia Caneva, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
Ms. Izumi Kaizuka, RTS Corporation, Japan
Dr. Torstein Haarberg, BNW-Energy, Germany
Dr. Eero Vartiainen, Fortum Growth, Finland
Mr. Ammar Nayfeh, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates
Mr. Claudio Pedretti, ARE, Belgium
Dr. Richard Blanchard, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Ms. Julia McDonald, ITP Renewables, Australia
Ms. Emily Warren, NREL, USA
Mr. Gianluca Ruggieri, Insubria University, Italy
Mr. Stephen Tay, En Rong National University of Singapore, Singapore