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Entering the Terawatt age: A 360° view on solar sustainability

Solar companies have an important role to play in embedding sustainability in their operations if lofty ambitions are to become a reality. On November 8, together with Trina Solar, we will examine the latest analysis of solar sustainability towards the terawatt age as well as providing insights into the report and the company’s ambitions for radically reducing emissions in its operations.


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There are few that doubt that now is the time for PV to shine. Global energy-market turmoil, instability of supply as a result of weather and geopolitical events, and the urgent imperative to decarbonize have combined to require the solar industry to scale up dramatically in both installations and manufacturing capacity.

The PV industry is stepping up to meet these challenges. With the first terawatt of installed PV capacity having been achieved over the past 70 years, the next terawatt is expected to take only another three.

However, there is truth in the often-quoted meme: that with great power comes great responsibility. And the solar industry must scale in a sustainable fashion if it is to meet this pressing global need.

Join this pv magazine Webinar to hear the latest analysis from one of the driving forces behind the discussion of solar sustainability towards the terawatt age, Pierre Verlinden. A solar industry researcher and technologist with over 40 years of experience, Verlinden has driven the discussion as to the PV industry’s need to take sustainability seriously as it scales towards its next terawatt age.

Solar companies themselves also have an important role to play in embedding sustainability in their operations if lofty ambitions are to become a reality. Sustainability reporting is also becoming more important as a new breed of sustainably focused investors require enhanced visibility of Environmental, Sustainability and Governance (ESG) practices right across operations and supply chains.

Trina Solar published its first ESG report earlier this year, and the company’s Adele Zhao will provide insights into the report and the company’s ambitions for radically reducing emissions in its operations.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • The road to a sustainable future– Adele Zhao, Head of Product & Marketing, Trina Solar Europe
    • Trina’s support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    • Active collaboration in major international initiatives, industry collaboration
    • Reductions in emission/consumption, carbon negative operations
    • Compliance and the role of EHS and CSR
    • Product and solution development – achieving a low carbon footprint, lowest LCOE, reliability, and the value of integrated solutions versus component supply
  • Sustainable manufacturing in the PV industry – Pierre Verlinden
    • The challenge of terawatt-scale PV manufacturing
    • Raw material limitations at terawatt scale: prime suspects for supply challenges and strategies that may overcome material limitations
    • How material scarcity will inform PV technology progress
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand and during the webinar itself, which will help guide Andrea’s presentation, angling towards most asked topics. Jonathan Gifford, Chief Editor at pv magazine, will be the moderator of this webinar, with additional pv magazine support to help audience questions be asked and answered.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


Adele Zhao | Head of Product Solutions & Marketing, Europe at Trina Solar

Adele Zhao is an international product management and marketing professional, with work experience in Asia, Europe and North America. With a strong passion for renewables, she has been discovering market trends and launching solar solutions, pushing energy transition with industry partners and stakeholders. Adele holds a MBA degree from University of St. Gallen, as wells a Bachelor degree of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Pierre Verlinden | Founder, Amrock

Dr. Pierre Verlinden is a veteran PV researcher, having carried out fundamental solar cell research at both KU Leuven and Stanford University. He has led R&D teams at SunPower and Trina Solar, the latter as chief scientist.


Jonathan Gifford | Editor in chief, pv magazine

While overseeing pv magazine‘s Australian website, Jonathan also reports on equipment supply, thin film and Australasia for the global print edition and online. With a background in broadcast journalism for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Deutsche Welle and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Jonathan has been reporting on environmental and technology issues since 2005. He has been with pv magazine since 2011.

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