Program subject to change without notice

Day 1 – Tuesday 26 September 2017 


Introduction – The 4th Industrial Revolution
Keynotes by Gaëtan Masson, Becquerel Institute Conference Organizer and Fabrizio Bizzarri, Enel Green Power
The 4th industrial revolution is ongoing and involves digitalization, smaller factories, and ad hoc products.   How will it impact the PV industry? How will new materials and concepts change the processes and products in the coming years?

Session 1 – PV industry: a challenging industry
Chaired by Gaëtan Masson, Becquerel Institute
Keynote by  Xavier Daval, SER Kilowattsol
Panelists: David Feldman, US DoE – Frank Niendorf, Jinko Solar – Murray Cameron, APVIA – Fabrizio Bizzari, Enel Green Power

In a changing global environment, what are the prospects for PV development, in which regions and for which technologies? What is the current state of the PV value chain in Europe and globally? Learn more about the environment in which your companies will evolve in the coming years.

Session 2 – Innovations and technology potential : which technologies will have a chance to hit the market ?
Chaired by Winfried Hoffmann, ASE
Panelists: Christophe Ballif, CSEM – Davide Polverini, European Commission DG GROW – Martin Green, UNSW – Martin Hermle, Fraunhofer ISE – Nabih Cherradi, Desert Technologies – Nicholas Dodd, JRC
PERC appears now as the next step for mass production. But which technologies have some potential in the short term and what is their potential for developing them right now? Innovations are leading to lower costs, higher margins, and innovative products. But is it a business model that copes with the rapid expansion of PV production capacities and the need for reduced costs?

Lunch Break

Session 3 –  Cost of manufacturing and economy of the Industry
Chaired by Gaëtan Masson, Becquerel Institute
Speakers: Axel Metz, ITRPV – Chris Werner, CW Energy Consulting – Izumi Kaizuka, RTS Corporation – Saif Islam, EuPD
Prices went down and companies across the value chain show diverse financial situations. What does it cost to manufacture PV today. What are the main cost differences between Europe, China and emerging countries? In general, is the industry financially robust?

Coffee Break

Session 4 – Crystalline silicon and wafer optimization
Chaired by Nabih Cherradi, Desert Technologies
Panelists: Eivind Ovrelid, Sintef – Philip Pieters, IMEC – Stefan Reber, NexWafe – Yuepeng Wan, GCL-Poly

Crystalline silicon remains the dominant technology but how will it evolve? Different companies look at the future of wafers from different technology perspectives.

Session 5 – A roadmap for crystalline silicon: Mono, Multi or Heterojunction?
Chaired by Mark Osborne, PV-Tech
Panelists: Andrea Viaro, Jinko Solar  – Akira Terakawa, Panasonic – Philippe Malbranche, INES – Thomas Kuenzl, Singulus Technologies
Cells technologies are evolving fast and capacities are ramping up. How are they received in the market and what are the possibilities for high efficiency cells to find their way into the market in times of acute competition?

Session 6 – Manufacturing the PV modules of the future
Chaired by Angele Reinders, University of Twente
Panelists: Chris Case, Oxford PV – Eric Ast, Stäubli – Jean-Marie Siefert, Jabil – Lior Handelsman, SolarEdge – Roel Van Den Berg, AUTARCO – Stuart Brannigan, AEG Industrial Solar
Modules are the final product seen by consumers. But technologies can evolve. From bi-facial to lightweight panels, from smart monitoring systems to intelligent connectors, will the future of modulling go through specialized companies? A review of the module business and technology.

First day closure

Cocktail Reception


Day 2 – Wednesday 27 September 2017 


Session 7 – Global vs. local manufacturing
Chaired by Gaëtan Masson, Becquerel Institute
Panelists: Anna Battaglia, Enel Green Power – Andreas Wade, First Solar – Eicke Weber, EUREC – Frank Niendorf, Jinko Solar – Luc de Marliave, Total – Nabih Cherradi, Desert Technologies
Where to install new factories and for which components? Will protectionism hit the PV industry directly ? Will it lead to local manufacturing and how? Will production size grant competitiveness?

Session 8 – Manufacturing in Europe: recommendations and policy proposals
Chaired by Adel El Gammal, EERA
Panelists: Eric Ast, SOLARUNITED – Gianni Chianetta, Global Solar Council – José Donoso, UNEF – Milan Nitzschke, SolarWorld – Wim Sinke, ETIP-PV – Xavier Daval, SER
In this session will be discussed the future of PV manufacturing in Europe and what actions policy-makers could or should undertake to protect and encourage it. This subject has hit the headlines lately, as solar PV is now a crucial element of European economy, stimulating economic growth and creating jobs through its whole value chain, from labs to roofs.

Session 9 – PV equipment manufacturers roundtable
Chaired by Michael Schmela, TaiyangNews
Panelists: Erns Hartmannsgruber, InnoLas Solutions – Thomas Böcke, VON ARDENNE – Peter Wohlfart, Singulus Technologies – Peter Fath, RCT Solutions – Richard Moreth, Vitronic
Equipment manufacturers play a central role in technology evolution and price decrease. This session will highlight the key challenges for this segment of this industry, how they see the technology changes and how they can contribute to shape the cost structure.

Lunch Break 

13 :45
Session 10 – Key challenges in the PV supply chain
Chaired by Imco Goudswaard, DSM
 Fabrice Stassin, Umicore – Karsten Wambach, BIFA – Peter Tinner, Evatec – Matthias Mack, Stäubli
The key to the next stage of solar market development is to improve efficiency and lower costs across the solar supply chain in order to create sustainable revenue streams. How to streamline the supply chain with state-of-the-art technologies? What are the Risks, Due to Tax & Legal Aspects in the Value Chain? Make or Buy Strategies? How to become a global player within the Solar Market?

Coffee Break 

15 :00
Session 11 – Quality & Reliability 
Chaired by Laura Azpilicueta, SOLARUNITED
Speakers: Christoph Mayr, AIT – David Moser, EURAC – Hélène Grandjean, Engie Laborelec – Ulrike Jahn, TÜV Rheinland – William Gambogi, DowDuPont

Reliability remains the key word for PV development these days. But what does it mean for the PV industry ? How to learn from defects in the field and improve products, processes, and procedures?

Session 12 – Thin-Film: options for future development & industrialization
Chaired by Wim Sinke, ECN
Panelists: Bernhard Dimmler, Manz – Dirk Beisenherz, Singulus – Marc Meuris, IMEC – Marko Topic, ETIPV – Thomas Böcke, VON ARDENNE
Thin film progresses in efficiency and cost, to the extent that its situation has significantly changed in the last years. Will Thin Film offer finally a real alternative to crystalline silicon?

End of the SIF