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The Solar Revolution is just starting



The 33rd solar research conference EU PVSEC 2017, which took place in Amsterdam from 25 - 29 September 2017, ended with 1,107 presentations and therefore again is the world's largest photovoltaic scientific conference.

 - At this year’s EU PVSEC conference solar experts from 65 countries made 1,107 presentations
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At this year’s EU PVSEC conference solar experts from 65 countries made 1,107 presentations

“The Solar Revolution is just starting,” said Arno Smets, General Chairman of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), at the closing session of EU PVSEC 2017. “While solar power is already the lowest-cost power generation source in many regions of the world, beating coal and other conventional energy sources and quickly growing, its share is still very small, in the low single-digit percentage range – with many challenges ahead of us.”

Nigel Taylor, Technical Chairman of EU PVSEC and Project Leader Renewables at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, said, “The major new world record efficiencies and technical advances in solar power and energy storage presented at EU PVSEC clearly show the crucial role of research and development in the energy transition. The European Commission supports, appreciates and counts on the efforts of the solar R&D community as we are working on the ‘Clean Energy For All Europeans’ initiative, a comprehensive legislative package that will provide the policy framework for an energy economy based on renewables in Europe.”

And Katharina Gensowski from Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Research, who won with a team of researchers this year’s poster award in silicon photovoltaics, one of many excellent presentations at EU PVSEC 2017, said, “Discussing with the top solar scientists from all over the world is a huge opportunity for us students to grow – and further improve our research work as we strive to bring clean solar energy forward. It feels really good to be part of the solar revolution.” EU PVSEC continues to be the world’s largest scientific conference on solar energy. The 33rd edition attracted 2,516 participants to the industry exhibition and conference. The next EU PVSEC will take place in September 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.