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Solar Photovoltaic

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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Solar Power Generation Europe

18/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

SPG Europe brings together all major players in the European PV market looking at key issues affecting the downstream supply chain. Key themes will include optimising performance, minimising costs, increasing supply chain efficiency through contracting and best practice in the management of solar assets.

NER 300 at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week 2014


The European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) took place from 23 to 27 June 2014. Launched in 2006 as an initiative of the European Commission, the EUSEW has become a reference point for public authorities, energy agencies, private companies, NGOs and industry associations engaged in helping to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. This year, the High-Level Policy Conference (HLPC) of the EUSEW featured a dedicated session on “Funding innovative low-carbon technologies: the NER 300 programme” on 26 of June.

Solar O&M Europe

07/10/2014 to 08/10/2014

The two-day Solar Operations & Maintenance Conference and exhibition will bring together asset managers, asset owners, investors and service providers from across Europe. The conference will focus on management and maximisation of financial returns from solar PV assets through optimised O&M and asset management.