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18 & 19 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Annual Conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics - 'PV Manufacturing in Europe'


The annual conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) will take place this year on 18 & 19 May, 2017, at BIP, Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

The ETIP PV Conference 2017 covers the complete PV value chain and will be the right place to confront different visions for the future of PV manufacturing in Europe. With a global PV market that grew tremendously in the past years and reached about 75 GW in 2016, the place of Europe must be strengthened and redeveloped. This event will allow identifying the technological opportunities and the European opportunities for local and global manufacturing.

The conference will offer the opportunity to join the industry leaders as well as top-ranking scientists, engineers and policy makers to discuss the status and future of “PV Manufacturing in Europe”.




Day 1 (18 May 2017): ETIP PV Steering Committee Meeting and Policy Debate

Manufacturing in Europe is a key policy topic. Not only for the PV industry is manufacturing a key element of the political commitment to let PV unlock and support the energy transition. National and European industrial policies are at the core of the policy debate. However, the question how it can translate into concrete policy decisions at a European level is a much more challenging debate.

  • Note: 18 May is by invitation only

Day 2 (19 May 2017): Technical Conference.

Estimated time: 9:00 am to 17:00 pm. Download the preliminary agenda here.

  • Session I. A Global and European Overview of PV Markets and Industry

    This session will present the status of PV markets, PV industry, technology and competitiveness. The role of PV in the energy transformation in Europe will be highlighted

  • Session 2: PV R&D and technology Status

    The quest to competitiveness will pass through technology improvements and innovations. This session will browse some of the most promising cost-killing technologies and their practicability

  • Session 3: Technology game changers for manufacturing in Europe?

    This session will discuss the potential for manufacturing in Europe with European actors at different levels of the value chain

  • Session 4: Panel discussion - Global Actors with European know-how: what makes Europe attractive for global companies?

    This session will discuss the future of the PV R&D and industry in Europe with global actors with European ties




The technical conference on 19 May is free to attend but space is limited. Book your seat now!

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BIP Brussels (Room Guichets)
Rue Royale 2-4
1000 Brussels, Belgium

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