I would like to share with you my impressions of EU PVSEC (European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition) organized between 24 – 28 September in Brussels.

EU PVSEC, coordinated by the European Commission Joint Research Center. Eu Pvsec is the largest international conference on research, technology and applications in the field of photovoltaic. This event throws together the Global PV community to build academic and commercial relationships, to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations in solar energy system. EU PVSEC is the only event in the world that focuses on the Global PV Solar Industry and a gathering of world famous scientists, business people and bureaucrats.


Eu Pvsec events started in 1977 in Luxembourg, and since that year, it has throws experts together from the solar energy sector every year a different city in Europe. In the EUPVSEC 2018, which was organized with the main theme of  PV will play its central role in 100% Carbonated Economy, approximately 1,000 presentations were made for 5 days. More than 2,000 solar energy experts from 80 different countries exhibited the latest developments and research results in the EU PVSEC where 68 presentations and discussions were organized. In addition, European Union policy and industry leaders discussed the necessary steps to achieve 32% renewable energy target until 2030, which was adopted by the EU in recent months.

Prof. Dr. Raşit Turan from METU Gunam, directed the session titled “Advanced Material Development and Analysis for High Performance PV Modules”. METU Gunam also contributed to the event with 14 poster presentations and 1 oral presentation on all solar cell technologies. I would like to congratulate the officials of the GTC Company, which continues its activities in Adıyaman, for their support to AR – GE. They took part in EU PVSEC with 3 poster presentations. In addition, only that study about PV applications from Turkey came from them. The event also featured a poster presentation about cell technologies at Gazi University and Mugla University.

Consensus on 35. EUPVSEC: PV will further increase its strategic importance for the EU economy by its increasing contribution with energy independence, new jobs opportunities and economic growth. Europe leads to technological development, the most advanced production technologies, the sustainability of production and quality, as well as the efficiency of solar energy products.

Featured in EU PVSEC 2018:

PERC has become the new solar cell standard. Now is the time to move the cell technology to the next level. Passivating contacts, heterojunction, back contacts are research topics that lead to higher cell efficiency.

Silicium tandem research cells approach 30% efficiency level. The efficiency achieved from an InGaP / GaAs / Si 3-junction cell is 28.7%.

Thin film solar technology continues its development. A commercial product CIGS panel with a record yield of 18% was presented.

Solar energy researchers and industry, working on advanced silicium cell technologies and naturally double-faced (bifacial) architects, continue their efforts to put these products on field. 20% panel efficiencies can be easily achieved on double-faced panels, while scientists are working on how to get the most efficiency from these products.

Particularly, the approach of EU’s deadlines in the NZB (Nearly Zero Energy Buildings) directive has accelerated the research on BIPV (Building Integrated PV) material and application. 

Several researchers presented their work on modeling future scenarios based on 100% renewable energy at the center of solar energy. 

36. EU PV SEC will convene in September of 2019 in Marseille.

Until see you at 2019 EUPVSEC in Marseille.

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