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28-29 May 2019, Brussels, Belgium


Annual conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics


The ETIP PV conference “Readying for the TW era” will take place on 28&29 May 2019 at the BIP (Rue Royale 2-4) in Brussels, Belgium.


PV reached a new milestone of the end of 2018 with half a TW of installed capacity globally and more is expected to come in the coming years, with a growing market on all continents. In an expected multi-hundreds of GW annual market, challenges are numerous for the manufacturing industry, and policymakers. Low solar energy prices are unlocking new innovative business models which will reshape the energy landscape, for electricity consumers, mobility, buildings and the industry. This conference aims at presenting these challenges and bring some answers on how the approaching solar-PV TW era will shape the energy transition.


This event is registered as an official Energy Day of the EU Sustainable Energy Week.


Download the full programme here.



28 May 2019: Annual Conference (approx. 09:00 – 17:30)



9:15 Conference Opening 

  • Keynote by Prof. C. Ballif, EPFL and director CSEM PV-center: Photovoltaics: is there still a need for R&D and what should come next?

Session I – Industry and Market Status: PV entering a new era of massive development

  • The PV industry in 2019
  • Costs and market perspectives
  • The role of utilities
  • Challenges and opportunities for PV in emerging countries

Session II – Long term Development Options: from clean transportation and smart buildings to solar fuels and more – a PV Vision

  • IEA Long term perspectives
  • Long term scenarios for PV deployment
  • Panel discussion (The role of clean transportation; From oil to clean energy; Smart Energy Buildings; Hydrogen and solar)

Session III – Challenges for high PV penetration in Europe: the role of innovative policies and cross-cutting business models

  • Electricity market design
  • Panel discussion (Utilities business models; PV in Italy: self-consumption and innovations; PV in Germany: tenders and market integration; PV for heating & cooling; BIPV development and innovative building skins)

Session IV – Manufacturing challenges for Europe: filling the gap with competitors

  • Panel discussion

17:15 Conference Closing & Networking Cocktail


The programme will be complemented with a selected number of poster presentations.


Book your seat now! Register here.


29 May 2019: Side events (approx. 9:00 - 12:30)

More information about the side events coming soon.



ETIP PV invites experts to submit an abstract for the Poster Session of the Conference “Readying for the TW Era” on 28 May 2019 in Brussels. Selected authors will have the chance to present their projects in two poster sessions of 30 minutes each.
We look for papers focusing on: the role of solar in the energy transition, large-scale manufacturing, innovative PV technologies, contribution to lowering production costs, quality and reliability at manufacturing level, and in general the impact of PV on the transformation of the transport and building sectors.

How to apply

Send your abstract to the ETIP PV Secretariat via email ( by 15 April 2019.
Abstracts shall be written in English and must include the following information:


• Lead presenter’s name, organization, email, and phone number (Contact person)
• Additional presenters’ names, credentials, and organization
• Aim of the project
• Scientific innovation and relevance
• Results or preliminary results and conclusions

The total length should not be more than two pages.




This conference is free to attend but space is limited and registration is required. Register now for the conference on 28 May 2019!




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

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