There was a lot of positivity coming out of the EU PVSEC this year, as researchers and industry figures alike assembled with mutual enthusiasm about the direction that the solar PV industry is moving. Fully emerging from the energy shadows, PV is now being considered the energy source of the not-so-distant future; with one passionate participate claiming the 21st century as the solar photovoltaic century.
An impressive 1,742 participants from 73 countries assembled at the EU PVSEC conference in Munich, where research and innovation was at the heart of discussions. In keeping with some of the most exciting trends in the industry, silicon PV emerged as one of the dominant topics, as did the potential for perovskites, as the science and research specialists emphasized PV as a mainstream energy solution.
Some of the most encouraging figures that were floated around the conference came from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), who believes that PVs share of the global electricity mix could increase dramatically from 2% up to as much as 13% by 2030. To achieve this, IRENA expects global PV capacity to reach somewhere between 1,760 and 2,500 GW in this time, which is a huge increase from the 227 GW installed today.
The conference was highly successful, said Conference Chair Professor Marko Topi?. It offered a great variety of excellent presentations. Yasuhiro Matsuyama, Director New and Renewable Energy Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan, announced the 21st century as the solar photovoltaic century. The conference offered a great scientific dialog and promotion of huge progress in photovoltaics. We are proud of the achievements presented by student award and poster award winners. We look forward to the sunny future!