Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is a large, rapidly developing industry. Photovoltaic technology is poised to help Europe make good on its goal of sourcing 20% of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2020. Recent progress has led to rising efficiencies, better reliability and falling prices. Improving solar cell efficiency while keeping costs low are the main challenges for further maturity and uptake of the technology. Commercial solar modules generally have efficiencies of 15%, which means about one-sixth of the sunlight striking a module generates electricity. At the end of 2010, about 38 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic power will be installed globally, which can produce about 40 TWh of electricity on a yearly basis. Europe,meanwhile, has a cumulative installed capacity of more than 25 GW, making it the largest world market.
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The fourth Solar Integration Workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the International Workshop on Large-scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems as well as on Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Power Plants, brings together utilities, PV/CSP system developers and project developers, power systems operators and other professionals to exchange knowledge and ideas and experiences relating to the integration of solar energy into power systems.
The 2014 Spring Conference of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) will be held in Lille, France on 26-30 May 2014. The scientific programme of the conference will highlight the latest advances in international materials research, with special emphasis given to energy materials.
The 7th International Conference on PV-Hybrids and Mini-Grids will take place in Bad Hersfeld, Germany on 10-11 April 2014. This conference is an opportunity for end-users, industry, experts and academia to meet and discuss the latest developments; present state of the art of the technology and business models, and share insights.
The 7th International Conference on PV-Hybrids and Mini-Grids will be an opportunity for end-users, industry, experts and academia to meet and discuss the latest developments, experiences and results. The conference will also be a forum for the presentation of state of the art of the technology and business models and to share insights gained from installations worldwide.
The European Commission is expected to present a new initiative aimed at enhancing the functioning of the retail energy markets. While public consultation is on-going, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) are co-organizing an event to present concrete levers for consumer empowerment. This event will be an opportunity to discover how demand response, self-consumption of renewable electricity and energy cooperatives can bring more benefits to energy consumers.
Photovoltaics is a key technology option for implementing the shift to a decarbonised energy supply. Solar resources in Europe and across the world are abundant and cannot be monopolised by one country. Regardless of how fast oil prices and energy prices increase in the future, and the reasons behind the increases, photovoltaics and other renewable energies are the only ones offering a stabilisation or even a reduction in prices in the future.
In June 2010 Henrik Bindslev, Director of the Danish National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy (Risø DTU), was named chairman of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), replacing Ton Hoff (ECN). Here, Mr Bindlev outlines how he sees the development of the EERA and how alternative energy technologies are emerging faster than anticipated.
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The 27th EU PVSEC Conference will take place in Frankfurt, Germany from September 24 -28, 2012, and the Exhibition from September 25 – 28, 2012. The conference will feature some 337 keynote, plenary and oral presentations and over 1300 visual presentations, alongside parallel events and a large industry exhibition. On September 25, in parallel with the event, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) will host the 9th European PV Industry Summit.
The conference will bring together professionals from the entire photovoltaic (PV) value chain in the financial and business hub Frankfurt in Germany.In addition to allowing for a deep insight into the development and progress in all areas of the PV sector, the conference will also provide ample opportunities to discuss new ideas and approaches to overcome some of the challenges the sector is facing.
The list of projects relevant to the European Solar Industrial Initiative is available on this page.
- Advanced Fossil Fuel Production
- Cogeneration of Heat and Power
- Carbon Capture and Storage
- Concentrated Solar Power
- Electricity Storage in the Power Sector
- Energy Intensive Industries
- Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
- Geothermal Power
- Nuclear Fission Power
- Nuclear Fusion Power
- Marine Energy
- Road Transport Efficiency
- Smart Electricity Grids
- Solar Heating and Cooling
- Solar Photovoltaic
- Wind Energy