Future PV Roundtable at SPI 2017

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Future PV Roundtable at SPI

Since 2014, pv magazine has been collaborating with initiative partner Heraeus on the event series. Uniquely, Future PV brings solar technologists and researchers together with EPCs, investors, and project developers to discuss promising pathways to LCOE reduction in the mid-term.

Room Reef E @ Mandalay Bay
September 12, 2017, 12 pm to 2:00 pm


Technological innovation drives progress. But knowing precisely which innovative steps to take to deliver credible cost savings can be difficult. At the next Future PV Roundtable event, solar industry experts ranging from EPCs, cell and module manufacturers, and component suppliers will present their snappy elevator pitches about the technologies they think will accelerate solar’s march towards reducing levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). In what will be a lively and interactive discussion, these same participants will defend their arguments against the queries and musings from assembled experts and attendees on the floor.

This is your chance to back the technology that you find most convincing!

The Future PV Roundtable helps you decide which technology pathway will help move your business forward. Following each discussion, attendees can vote on whether they agree with presenters’ solution for reducing solar’s LCOE.

Topics up for discussion at this forthcoming Future PV Roundtable include: What developments can we expect withthin film? How do advancements in crystalline silicon technology, including PERC and bifacial cells and modules, impact performance? Does it help to finance a solar plant combining it with electrolysers for hydrogen production? And finally, what can an EPC contribute to optimize BOS component and installation costs?

Listen to what the experts have to say on these issues, and pose questions of your own to high-level panel participants from the following companies:

Hanwha Q CELLS
First Solar
Nel Hydrogen


We look forward to hearing your views.

pv magazine’s USA Team will host the event. If you have any questions or comments, just enter them in the comments field when you register. We look forward to your participation.

Have a look at our last Future PV Roundtable here.

Check out our 2017 events brochure here!

Agenda (can still change prior to the event):

11:45 Entry and registration
12:00 Start of the event with welcoming speeches from Christian Roselund and Andreas Liebheit

Session 1: Cell level and module level

12:10 Introductory talk from NREL. Paul Stradins will examine the cell and module technologies currently on the cusp of market introduction
12:20 Discussion

12:25 Pitch 1: Heraeus “Wafer and cell technology improvements can reduce LCOE by 20 % in 5 years
12:35 Discussion and voting

12:39 Pitch 2: SunPower will pitch on the cost savings available with their new p line modules „Using front contact cells in shingled modules it is possible to increase power plant project net present value by more than 3 c/W compared to standard p-type modules
12:44 Discussion and voting

12:48 Pitch 3: GCL will talk about the combination of PERC with black silicon: “Combining black silicon and perc technologies it is possible to increase IRR by 2,5 % and the next technology steps will increase it further
12:53 Discussion and voting

12:57 Pitch 4: Hanwha Q-CELLS with the thesis “Steel frame PV modules with advanced cell technologies enable the reduction of ~20% in the installation and material costs of PV plants, as well as > 15% in the manufacturing carbon footprint of PV modules. It also has significant impacts on logistics, staff training and O&M cost structures.
13:02 Discussion and voting

13:06 Panel discussion

Session 2: Applications

13:18 Pitch 1: Recurrent Energy with an “developpers view
13:23 Discussion and voting

13:27 Pitch 2: Draker with the thesis “By integrating monitoring and analytics with SCADA and power plant controllers, it is possible to reduce downtime and LCOE, and additionally to increase earnings with the solar energy produced
13:32 Discussion and voting

13:36 Pitch 3: Nel Hydrogen with the thesis “Large scale production of hydrogen from PV power plants is already feasible and profitable today, and will help finance PV plants in the near future”
13:41 Discussion and voting

13:45 Pitch 4: First Solar with the thesis “Is it possible to achieve solar penetrations higher than 50%
13:50 Discussion and voting

13:54 Panel discussion
14:00 END

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