27th EU PVSEC Conference Highlights

[Frankfurt am Main, Germany]

The 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) Technical Programme Chairman, Dr. Arnulf Jäger-Waldau, presented the Selected Highlights of the Conference during the Closing Session with his own unique style.

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Dr. Jäger-Waldau’s presentation is captured as a Picasa slideshow and via text below in order to facilitate online search. Herr Dr. Jäger-Waldau kindly provided a .pdf of his presentation right after the conference closing session upon request. Slides crucial to understanding the context are also included inline below.

Selected Highlights of the Conference

Dr. Arnulf Jäger-Waldau Technical Programme Chairman European Commission, DG JRC

PV a Major Electricity Source
Smart Solutions Forum:
“Germany is the lab for grid integration”

Assigning a fair price to PV electricity:
“How to finance the grid if self consumption increases and the energy efficiency targets are achieved?”
“New business models are needed to facilitate larger PV electricity shares without additional financial incentives.”

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EU – Asia Forum
Photovoltaic Growth by Area 2000-2030 (GW)

Future growth of PV will come from an ever increasing number of countries
The geographic diversification of PV will finally be correlated to population

Sources: EPIA, Enerdata, WEO 2011, EER, NREAP, REN 21, EGP

EU – Asia Forum
• “It is our role to create innovation, to invest in R&D, to develop new technologies and upgrades that cut down costs and achieve higher efficiencies.” (Stefan Rinck, SINGULUS AG)
• “We fear that with the increasing pressure on price, especially for PV modules, there may be adverse impact on quality and lifetime performance of the products being procured on lowest cost basis.
…There may be need to devise relevant standards and measures to ascertain the reliability of products to meet this requirement.” (Anjan Ghosh, Tata Solar)

PV a Major Electricity Source
European Union:
– NREAP PV Target 2020: 85 GW
– NREAP + New Developments: over 100 GW possible
– Status Quo 09/2012 : over 60 GW

China:
– New Target for 2015: 20 GW
– New Target for 2020: 50 GW (more possible)
– 12th FYP investment budget for PV installations:
CNY 252 billion (€ 30 billion)

PV a Major Electricity Source
Japan:
– New feed-in tariff 07/12 – 03/13
– First application round 08/12: more than 1 GW
– Up to 3 GW possible for 2012
– Revision of the Energy Master Plan (ongoing)

IEA Medium-term Market Report
– Baseline 230 GW in 2017
– Enhanced scenario 270 GW in 2017

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PV a Major Electricity Source
Comparison:
Solar PV
vs.
Diesel

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Spotmarket: Peakload < Baseload
http://www.epexspot.com/de/marktdaten/auktionshandel/chart/auction-chart/2012-09-17/DE
2012-09-27; Frankfurt, EUPVSEC Plenary Talk, 5DP.3.2 P. Korba, F. Baumgartner, B. Voellmin, ZHAW, EKZ, ABB; www.zhaw.ch/~bauf

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Advanced Photovoltaics

[Ed. Note: One Conference Opening presentation looked 100 years into the future of Photovoltaics when the 127th EU PVSEC again returns to Frankfurt. Either photovoltaics are very valuable or inflation is a problem in the future since the Special Early Bird Registration Rate is €1.2 million!]

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Advanced Photovoltaics
Multi-junction Solar Cells
The Key for High Efficiencies

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Wafer-Based Silicon Solar Cells & Materials Technology
Roadmap outlook: learning curve will be continued
Efficiency gain and cost reductions per piece have to be combined

[Ed. Note: The International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV) can be found here.]

Wafer-Based Silicon Solar Cells & Materials Technology
Replacement of silver by copper: 20.9% on large area cells

Increasing share of n-type silicon

Interconnected back contact cells (Sunpower):
– lab : 24.2%
– production: 22.4%

Silicon Heterojunction Cells
– EU Project HETSI realised a 20.7% 100cm2 cell
– New HIT cell record: 23.7% on 98μm wafer (Sanyo)

Thin Film Solar Cells (Records)
CIGS

– Module (0.7m2) 15.9% (ZSW/Manz)
– mini Module (30cm × 30cm) 17.8% (Solar Frontier)

Kesterites (cm2) 11% (IBM)

tf silicon
– Triple junction: 13.4%st a-Si/μc-Si/μc-Si: 1cm2 (LG)

Thin Film Solar Cells (Records)
Organic PV
• Mitsubishi Chemical: ~11% PCE
• Heliatek: 10.7% based on organic tandem solar cell
• UCLA-Sumitomo: 10.6% on polymer tandem solar cell

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Components for PV Systems

Components for PV Systems
• BoS cost reduction is key to lower system prices (50% required for bulk market electricity prices)
• New storage concepts for decentralised power storage
• Batteries as part of a grid connected PV system
• Learning curve of batteries is becoming a key issues
• Reliability testing (IEC)

PV Systems
• Voltage and Frequency Control Strategies in (Distribution) Grids
• Improvement of Weather Forecasts for PV Electricity Generation
• Nearly Zero Energy Buildings & Full Electric Homes
• Daily Energy Allowance based tariffs for rural development

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MASDAR CITY…

Thank you for your attention!

Concluding, Dr. Jäger-Waldau said:

We are still in the early morning of solar technology. Thank you very much.

I’ll post a link to Dr. Jäger-Waldau’s official Selected Highlights of the Conference presentation when it becomes available for download at the EU PVSEC website.

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