- Monday to Thursday, 26 - 29 September 2022 -

Parallel Events Programme

The Parallel Events offer a deep insight into specific topics along the most recent PV technology, PV application and market trends and address global decision makers from industry, research, financing and politics. The Parallel Events are open to all registered conference participants.

Parallel Events Outline

Detailed Overview

  • PV as an Ancillary Service Provider – Laboratory and Field Experiences from IEA PVPS Countries (IEA PVPS Task 14)

    13:30 – 15:00

    The PV penetration in many countries is continuously growing and PV is becoming a major energy source in the future electricity grid worldwide. Therefore, PV systems and PV hybrids need to take over more and more system responsibility by providing ancillary services. This workshop highlights the status and the potential of PV and PV hybrids as an ancillary service provider, by collecting experiences and lessons learned from field experiences and laboratory tests from different IEA PVPS countries.

    From Bankability to Reliability  (IEA PVPS Task 13)

    15:15 – 16:45
    In future, big data analysis using advanced AI techniques based on the monitoring of a large amount of data will enable the development of extensive benchmarking of key performance indicators (KPIs) for the solar PV industry. This will help PV developers to derive the real-life impact on the system losses and reliability of design choices and configuration during design phase, while O&M operators could optimize their maintenance routines during the operational phase. The presentations in this session will cover the outcomes of the work carried out by IEA PVPS Task 13 experts to provide best practice on how to gain insights from monitored data and extreme diversity of asset types and operational context within a PV plant.

    PV Everywhere: Integrated Photovoltaics in Building and Transport Sectors  (IEA PVPS Task 15 & Task 17)

    17:00 – 18:30

    IEA PVPS Tasks are working to accelerate the penetration of integrated PV in buildings and transport systems, which are both critical sectors for the global renewable energy market. Task 15 will present recent results on Technological Innovation System for BIPV in different countries and cross sectional analysis based on well-defined multifunctional evaluation of BIPV to facilitate and support the implementation of BIPV in buildings. Task 17 will present recent scientific results on vehicle-integrated PV and PV charging station infrastructure focusing on requirements, barriers, benefits and solutions to increase PV contribution to energy and environmental issues.

    Industry Summit

    PV Production

    13:30 - 15:00

    What are the real costs of PV? How much local PV production is needed? How fast can we set up necessary xGW production in EU? These are one of the most important questions asked by European Commission to get independent from energy imports in future. This session will target all these important questions including the required stimulations of the entire value chain starting with poly-Si. In addition possible funding schemes and additional incentives for PV production will be summarized and discussed.

    Chairs: Peter Fath (RCT solutions) and Radovan Kopecek (ISC Konstanz)
    Jointly organised by the PV Industry Liaison Committee

    PV Deployment

    15:15 - 16:45

    What are the challenges for multi TW deployment? Why are energy yields overestimated in newest PV systems? What are the lessons learned in the last years installations? In the last time ironically called “Peter.Pan files” are gaining some negative attention, being one of the reasons for systems yield overestimations. Degrading modules and not very accurate bifacial simulations programs are adding to this problem as well. The session will give a review where we are and what will be needed for a smooth PV deployment.

    Chairs: Terry Jester and Michael Woodhouse (NREL)
    Jointly organised by the PV Industry Liaison Committee

    Quality, Testing and Standards

    17:00 - 18:30

    In order to enter a sustainable TW PV era quality, testing and standards are key. What to do to make sure that we don’t end up with 1 TW of modules to recall? And if we have to recall, where are the modules? How much do we have to improve our scientific knowledge about reliability of PV components? Better reliability modelling? Do next-tech n-type technology lead to new degradation mechanisms we need to identify and control? These are all critical questions that we need to tackle today to be able to answer in coming years.

    Chair: Pierre Verlinden
    Jointly organised by the PV Industry Liaison Committee

  • Towards a Holistic Approach for PV Recycling

    08:30 - 10:00 | 10:30 - 12:00

    Solar energy plays a major role in the renewable energy mix. Even though the lifetime of PV modules is quite long, they will have to be disposed of at some point and, in the best case, recycled. However, due to the insufficient standardization of recycling processes for PV modules, the full potential of recycling cannot be exploited. The project ReSi-Norm now addresses all factors for standardization along the entire materials cycle. This workshop will give an overview of the current state-of-the-art in PV recycling and present the results of the experiments on different recycling processes done in the project. Furthermore, gaps in current standards and how to address them will be discussed with the audience.

    Jointly organised by DKE

    The Power of Many – How energy communities, cooperatives, prosumers and crowdfunding can ensure energy independency, energy democracy and contribute to the mitigation of the global warming

    08:30 - 10:00

    The workshop “Power of Many” will provide best practices to involve citizens in the production of clean electricity through the following applications of the photovoltaic technology:
    - Photovoltaic cooperatives and communities
    - Crowdfunding for photovoltaic projects
    - Aggregation of photovoltaic prosumers

    These applications have in common the denominator of the “Power of Many” to highlight how collectives of citizens can ensure energy independence and democracy, and, at the same time, contribute at the mitigation of global warming towards a clean energy transition. The “Power of Many” workshop is organized in the framework of the European Project SocialRES: www.socialres.eu

    Jointly organised by Citizen Committee

    Photovoltaics: Made to Last. The 40 years of TISO PV Plant Looking Back to see the Future

    10:30 - 12:00

    Taking inspiration from the publication  "Photovoltaics: made to last. The 40 Years of TISO Photovoltaics," which will be presented on this occasion, the event will feature the participation of some of the authors and a discussion on the past, present and future of photovoltaics. We will move from the early industrialization, policies and reliability standards, to the present situation, and answer with the authors to questions about the challenges for the acceleration of a PV future and the importance of the experience from the past. The strategic topic of bringing back in Europe the PV industry will be at the center of discussion.”

    Jointly organised by SUPSI

    Solar Resource and Forecast Data for Planning and Operating PV Plants (IEA PVPS Task 16)

    13:30 – 15:00

    As the penetration of PV increases, improved accuracy and finer spatial and temporal resolution of solar data sets are needed to optimize the performance of these technologies in the energy system of a region or country. PVPS Task 16 will present the solar resource benchmark as a metric for the quality of solar resources, followed by an update on state of the art forecasting techniques including probabilistic solar forecasts. Finally, the latest work on Firm PV Power will be summarized, which strategically combines solar forecasting with optimally overbuilt PV plants in conjunction with storage systems.

    PV Scenarios: now and then  (IEA PVPS Task 1)

    15:15 – 16:45

    Forecasting the development of PV has always been a balancing act between realism and optimism. From the beginning of its deployment, PV scenarios and forecasts have significantly underestimated PV development, with sound arguments. This event will browse through some past scenarios comparing them with actual PV market trajectories, and build on these past experiences to consider what awaits the sector going forward. With PV having reached 1 TW of total installed capacity this year and being poised to cross the 200 GW mark of annual installations in 2022, it is time to reflect on the mistakes from the past and embrace optimism towards the TW-era.

    Off-Grid Technology for Robust and Resilient Networks  (IEA PVPS Task 18)

    17:00 – 18:30

    Off-grid and Edge-of-Grid technologies are being employed in developing markets and mature markets alike. With the falling price of solar and storage these technologies are vital in the journey to electrification and to the creation of robust, distributed, secure and resilient energy networks. IEA PVPS Task 18 has produced a blueprint for conducting feasibility studies for hybrid off-grid power systems. This blueprint looks at the organisational, financial and technical stakeholder requirements as they relate to data gathering, modelling and analysis and assessment and recommendations. Task 18 will also present recommendations for PV-Hybrid system data visualisations, looking at data aggregation, data display options and recommendations for optimum visualization of metrics for operation and maintenance purposes.

    Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscaps

    13:30 - 18:30

  • Roadmapping PV: Transition to Action

    13:30 - 15:00 | 15:15 - 16:45

    As many countries enhance their share of renewable energy, and especially solar photovoltaics, it is necessary to set ambitious yet realistic targets, and more important, to lay out the Roadmap to reach these targets.  This is especially true for ‘emerging solar’ countries which are expanding their energy systems, and will rely increasingly on solar energy.  This Parallel Event, conducted in co-operation with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), will include talks by global PV leaders and policy planners describing the formulation of Solar Roadmaps for a country.  It will also include examples of such roadmapping processes for some selected countries, and a Panel Discussion session.  The focus of the event will be on pragmatic and concrete actions that can help to trigger solar (PV) deployment efforts in specific country contexts. The Event will be conducted as a hybrid event, with many in-person participants, but also allowing remote participants, who are interested in formulating such Roadmaps for their countries, to join.

    Jointly organised by the Roadmapping PV Committee

    Pathways and Challenges of reliability testing for perovskite based photovoltaic devices

    17:00 - 18:30

    Perovskite based photovoltaic (PV) devices have demonstrated high efficiencies and scalability potential, but final packaged products have not yet met reliability requirements similar to conventional commercialised technologies. In order for such products to enter the market and for investors to have confidence in them, they have to pass appropriate reliability standards. In this session, a diverse panel of experts from research and test labs, the perovskite industry, and the investment sector will discuss how perovskite reliability testing standards for perovskites can increase confidence in this new PV technology.

    Jointly organised by NPL – NREL

  • PV Jobs

    08:30 - 10:00

    Women Leading PV Research

    10:30 - 12:00

    The goal of this event is to create a vibrant debate about the challenges and obstacles, as well as the lessons learnt and, most importantly, the success stories of female leaders in PV research.
    New insights into the development of diversity in the solar PV sector will be provided and discussed.
    This event is free to attend and not linked to any WCPEC-8 registration. We want to encourage women from all fields of solar PV to participate, to exchange and discuss their experience and get inspired.

    Jointly organised by GWNET and WIP Renewable Energies

    PV productivity challenges and solutions in desert environments

    13:30 - 15:00 | 15:15 - 16:45 | 17:00 - 18:30

    Hot desert and semi-desert areas provide the best insolation conditions for the effective use of photovoltaics (PVs) with the lowest LCOE. However, the extreme weather and environmental conditions that characterize these regions (e.g., high temperature, UV, dust, and in some cases humidity), challenge the PV module reliability, O&M, energy production and its integration with the grid that requires tailored energy management processes. This parallel session aims at supporting industry and policy makers to address these challenges with reference to main issues including: (1) meteorological and environmental data and model integration for solar forecasting; (2) Reliability, soiling, robotic cleaning, PV productivity; and (3) Financial and market development, standardization and policy making for hot (semi-)desert environments.

    Jointly organised by QEERI

    Emerging Countries: Highlighting successful (large-scale) projects in Emerging Countries

    13:30 - 15:00

    A growing number of developing and emerging countries are taking an active interest in and paying close attention to the integration of solar power in their current energy market. During this session, large-scale solar energy projects will be highlighted.

    The topics they will address include :
    1) Industry relations
    2) Feasibility of Solar System
    3) Readiness of the grid  
    4) Socio economic aspect
    5) Technologies used to combat environmental factors in harsh climates

    Jointly organised by the Emerging Countries Committee

Organised by:

WIP Renewable Energies
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Hosted by:

European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition


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