Solar PV energy conference: the impact of EU R&D funding

A Trinomics led consortium, on behalf of The European Commission, will be delivering a conference in Brussels on 14 November 2018 on solar PV renewable energy research, development and technologies.

The complimentary conference will provide insights into the impacts of R&D funded through the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation; including providing access to the Solar PV Renewable Energy R&D Impact Report and an opportunity to influence the recommendations to increase future R&D impacts.

During the workshop key industry experts will share their insights on the future of solar PV technologies and there will be opportunities for you to discuss and understand how to increase the impacts of your own research projects.

Reasons for attendance

  • Influence the recommendations to increase future solar PV energy R&D impacts
  • Gain a greater understanding of past and future research, trends and best practice for solar PV energy
  • Q&A with industry experts, the European Commission and other researchers
  • An opportunity to network with solar PV energy experts from across the EU
  • To learn about best practice for shaping and implementing R&D projects to maximise their impact

Who should attend

  • Past and present solar PV research project coordinators
  • Academic institutes
  • National energy policy makers 
  • Private sector organisations implementing solar PV or related technologies
  • Investors interested in solar PV research and technology


Timing Agenda Item Speakers
09:00 Registration opens  
09:30 Opening address Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit 'Renewable Energy Sources'​ (European Commission)
09:40 Agenda and practicalities Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
09:45 Project introduction Onne Hoogland, Senior Consultant (Trinomics)
10:00 Solar PV R&D: Study findings Eduardo Roman Medina, Solar PV manager (Tecnalia)
10:20 Questions and answers  
10:40 Break  
11:00 Solar PV R&D: A technological perspective Arnulf Jaeger Waldau (The Joint Research Centre)
11:30 Solar PV R&D: Impacts of EU funded projects:  
  High efficiency rear contact solar cells and ultra poweful modulesI (HERCULES) - The project advanced the most promising PV technologies to reach ultra-high efficiencies, including silicon heterojunction (SHJ) and interdigitated back contact (IBC) cells, with industrially relevant manufacturing processes demonstrated in pilot lines. Simon Perraud (LITEN CEA)
  Automated photovoltaic cell and Module industrial Production to regain and secure European Renewable Energy market (AMPERE) - AMPERE is a H2020 project aimed at implementing a fully automated 100 MWp pilot line based on silicon heterojunction technology bifacial PV cells and modules. Fabrizio Bizzarri Solar Innovation Manager (EGP)
  New generation of BIPV-glass with advanced integration properties (ADVANCED-BIPV) – The project focused on overcoming the main limiting factors of BIPV technology strengthening its competitiveness by developing new generation PV glazing satisfying the well-defined market demanded architectural trends. Teodosio Del Caño, Project Coordinator (Onyx Solar)
  Production technology to achieve low Cost and Highly Efficient phOtovoltaic Perovskite Solar cells (CHEOPS) - CHEOPS is focused on developing very low-cost, but high performing photovoltaic (PV) devices based on the emerging perovskite (PK) technology. Sylvain Nicolay (CSEM Centre Suisse D’Electronique et de Microtechnique)
11:55 Interactive session: What are the main R&D impacts according to you? All
12:15 Lunch  
13:15 Introduction to afternoon programme Koen Rademaekers
13:20 Maximising the impact of EU solar PV R&D projects: Keynote speech and questions and answers session Greg Arrowsmith, Policy Officer (EUREC)
13:45 Maximising the impact of EU solar PV R&D projects: Moderated panel discussion Koen Rademaekers (Moderator, Trinomics), James Watson (Solar Power Europe), Maria Getsiou (European Commission), Greg Arrowsmith (EUREC), Jan Kroon (TNO -ECN)
14:45 Questions from the audience to the panel All
15:15 Wrap-up and conclusions Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
15:25 Informal networking and coffee  
>15:30 Bilateral meetings with attendees  


Key information:

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018

Location: Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Cost: Free

Organisers: Trinomics, Tecnalia, TNO, VTT, Tractebel and Ricardo on behalf of the European Commission

If you have any questions regarding the conference, then please email [email protected]

Registration is now closed.