Program is subject to change without notice

Day 1 – Tuesday 25 September – AM

1st Solar Mobility Forum

08:30 – 10:00
SESSION 1 – E-mobility through Solar Energy – A step towards the Energy Revolution

E-mobility is starting to develop fast and could rapidly outpace PV as the fastest growing energy revolution enhancer. This session will address fundamental questions in the e-mobility field: How does mobility contribute to energy demand? What could be the PV role in transport decarbonization in the coming years? In the quest for clean transport, what will be the role of existing players and what will be the role of hydrogene?

10:00 – 10:30 – Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:10
SESSION 2 – Manufacturing PV for Transport

10:30 – 11:25
Part 1 – The role of PV Industry

PV is well placed to provide vehicles with embedded energy production. From small appliances to delivering additional range, PV can support the electrification of transport. This session will explore the role of the PV industry in integrating PV in vehicles. What would be technically feasible? What would be the technologies driving this new PV industry role?

11:25 – 12:10
Part 2 – Concrete cases

Companies are already investing in clean transportation with PV and are presenting the challenges they are facing as well as their hopes for the future. From new PV integrated cars to any transport vehicles, the range of possible applications is large, but the opportunities are barely reaching the market. This session will build on the experience from several companies active in the transport sector.

12:10 – 13:30   Lunch Break

End of the Solar Mobility Forum

Day 1 – Tuesday 25 September – PM

2nd Solar Industry Forum

13:30 – 15:00
SESSION 1 – The State of the PV Industry

The PV industry reached the 100 GW, but what is coming next? Technology differentiation, market segmentation, the presence of Asia and the specialization of Europe are key factors in the current debate on the future of the industry. But what can be expected if global markets are stagnating? This session explores the state of the industry with key experts from different regions of the world. It will also highlight two key initiatives contributing to a greener future on ecolabelling and circular economy which could change the way how the industry perceives itself.

13:30 – 14:30
Part 1 – The State of the PV Industry

14:30 – 15:00
Part 2 – Ecolabel and Circular Economy Initiatives

15:15 – 16:45
SESSION 2 – Opportunities for cost reduction – Innovations and Technologies – To Wafers

What is the current state of the wafer industry? How could wafers contribute to cost reduction in the coming years?  Which technologies could become real game changers? European is not absent from the debate but what about manufacturing massively new technologies for crystalline silicon wafers?

17:00 – 18:15
SESSION 3 – Opportunities for cost reduction – Innovations and Technologies – Cells & Modules

Cells and modules remain the working horse of the PV industry. What could be expected in the coming months and years with regards to innovations, manufacturing cost, new and emerging technologies and their competitiveness? Will thin-film experience a sound market revival, and what are the next steps?

19:00 – 23:00  Solar Mobility & Industry Forum Networking Reception
The Solar Mobility & Industry Forum Networking Reception welcomes speakers, sponsors, key partners, and invitees in a relaxing atmosphere

End of day one

Day 2 – Wednesday 26 September – AM

2nd Solar Industry Forum – BIPV

08:30 – 10:00
SESSION 4 – Innovative Materials for BIPV development

BIPV implies to consider building materials and to rethink how the end-products are conceived. This session will explore the challenges associated to BIPV development from a material point of view. Durability, quality, costs, energy pay back time and more will be discussed. From buildings to roads, new applications require rethinking how we build the components of the future.

10:30 – 12:10
SESSION 5 – Challenges to mass production

The BIPV industry experiences the cost constraints that PV encountered before 2006: small quantities, higher prices, and challenges to mass production. How can BIPV reach the next level in terms of manufactured quantities? How to adapt the one-fits-all concepts of PV production to the need for flexibility that BIPV requires? How could PV equipment manufacturers play a major role in that development? These are the subjects that will be addressed in this session. The first part will address directly the challenges to mass production directly while the second part will highlight recent innovations in manufacturing BIPV products.

10:30 – 11:15
Part 1 – Challenges to mass production

11:15 – 12:10
Part 2 – Innovations in manufacturing BIPV products

12:10 – 13:30   Lunch Break

Day 2 – Wednesday 26 September – PM

2nd Solar Industry Forum

13:30 – 15:00
SESSION 6 – Mass Manufacturing of Future PV Products with High Quality

The PV module is dead, long life to the PV module. Diversification of the market and different technologies could affect the market in the coming years. But how to manufacture these new products? What is necessary today to manufacture profitably PV components? From manufacturing size to throughput, how could a higher quality be achieved? This session will be chaired by the ETIP-PV Quality committee.

SESSION 7 – Local and Global Manufacturing Trends

Trade conflicts are popping up faster than expected and this impacts the PV value chain in unexpected ways. The question of local manufacturing becomes essential again, but for which part of the value chain and at which cost? In an internationally diversified value chain, which are the business models that will develop in the coming years?

16:45 – 18:00
SESSION 8 – Manufacturing in Europe: a New Hope

Announcements for new products are popping up in Europe in all segments of the PV value chain. While some companies are managing a difficult international and European environment, how can European manufacturers benefit from new technologies to hit the market with competitive and innovative solutions?

End of the Solar Industry Forum