Catalysing European energy research for a climate-neutral society by 2050
The requirements to be fulfilled by photovoltaic (PV) systems and components along the entire value chain are increasing as a result of ever greater use of and demand for renewable energies. In this context, issues such as making PV systems more affordable, better performing, longer lasting, and more reliable come to the fore. As a result, research institutes and companies in the solar industry need to cooperate much more intentionally; they must also consider potential needs to reduce the risks for all stakeholders along the entire value chain. On November 14 and 15, 2019, representatives from companies and research institutes discussed ways to achieve this during the »Quality Control of Solar PV Systems: Industrial Requirements and Associated Research Needs» workshop held by the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaic CSP in Brussels.
Ivan Gordon, coordinator of the Joint Program on Photovoltaics of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), which supported the workshop, said at the end: “The workshop was also successful in terms of the targets of the EERA PV program. We want to increasingly speed up the development of photovoltaics through joint project activities of EU business with leading European research institutions. In these endeavors, we strive for cost savings for PV systems due to an increase in performance, as well as the development of cost-efficient operation and management. The workshop held in Brussels ignited a crucial discussion between major commercial players and various EERA members active in the area of durability and reliability of photovoltaics components and systems.”