First ever online edition of the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition held with great success


  • Great success for the first online edition of the EU PVSEC.
  • EU PVSEC comprised a vast scope of different PV topics.
  • Conference sessions will be available for streaming on demand.
  • The 38th edition of EU PVSEC to he held in Lisbon.

The 37th edition of the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) was successfully held online for the first time, with over 850 live presentations across 5 days and 1.500 participants from 65 countries connected virtually.  The opening session was streamed live on EU PVSEC Youtube channel and caught the attention of over 3.000 viewers.

Event Highlights

The topics and discussions of the EU PVSEC 2020 online have shown once again that a sustainable energy supply is becoming ever more important. New challenges lie ahead of us, but with initiatives like the European Green Deal,  there is hope for Europe. The EU PVSEC 2020 comprised a vast scope of different PV topics covering advances ranging from solar cells technologies to applications and economics.

Perovskites continue to progress

Wafer-based silicon cells, the workhorse of the PV industry, continue to improve in manufacturing and efficiency, e.g. PERX, TOPCon, SHJ, Bifacial. From a European perspective it was a boost to hear of the 25% efficiency European record SHJ cell. A very comprehensive overview of OPV indicated the clear progress being made, and records in OPV efficiency were announced. Perovskites continue to progress, also as an element of tandem devices. There is also more attention to encapsulate perovskite cells and modules, allowing the field to move towards testing efficient devices under outdoor conditions.

It comes as no surprise that Prof. Henry Snaith of Oxford University was awarded the Becquerel Prize for his outstanding research with perovskites. He is aiming to start to production of his perovskite-silicon tandem cells by 2021.

Use of AI for large PV systems

As systems get larger, autonomous monitoring of PV Systems, for example using UAVs, is essential. The introduction of digital tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning is helping to improve forecasting and system monitoring. These help achieve higher energy production yields and reduced costs for operation and maintenance.

The benefits of a range of applications, including BIPV, Agro-PV and VIPV and Power to X have been successfully demonstrated. The importance of storage to integrate increasing penetration of renewables in the energy system has been underscored.

PV to decarbonize energy 

Finally, it was heard that only PV can deliver enough power to decarbonize, a message that will encourage all workers in the field to keep striving to maintain the momentum.

Sessions available for streaming

All conference sessions, as well as parallel events will be available for streaming on demand for one full month after the event. The networking lounges are still open, and the download of related magazines is also possible.

EU PVSEC Lisbon 2021

The 38th edition of the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition will be held from 6 – 10 September 2021 in Lisbon.

Change in Management Board at WIP Renewable Energies

Partner and founder of WIP Renewable Energies, Dr. Peter Helm, is appointing Jonas Bergmiller as the Managing Director for the Events Department. Jonas Bergmiller will form the counterpart to Dr. Rainer Janssen, who already heads WIP’s Research and Projects Department.

This additional position follows the strategy to ensure a further future-oriented organisation. After over 50 years of successful operational work within WIP, Dr. Peter Helm will now chair WIP’s newly created advisory board and additionally, together with Jonas Bergmiller, focus on the preparation of the upcoming EU PVSEC events.

Dr. Peter Helm said:

“We are placing the management of our company on a solid foundation.”

Jonas Bergmiller said:

“With the successful transformation of the EU PVSEC into an online event, we have shown that we can also go digital. This was an important step for the future, as we want to create further offers for knowledge transfer for the PV community.”




About WIP Renewable Energies
WIP Renewable Energies has over 30 years of experience in event organization. This includes the conception, pre-financing, preparation, organisation and management of high level and large-scale on-line and on-site international conferences, workshops, seminars in the field of Renewable Energies.


The European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) is the largest international Conference for Photovoltaic research, technologies and applications and at the same time a PV Industry Exhibition, where specialized PV Industry presents technologies, innovations and new concepts in the upstream PV sector. It gathers the global PV community to present and discuss the latest developments in Photovoltaics, to network and to conduct business.

It is the world-renowned science-to-science and science-to-industry platform uniquely focused on the global PV Solar sector.

The conference scientific programme is coordinated by the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

To learn more visit the links below:

  • Press Kit
  • Images of the opening session.
  • Opening on YouTube:
    • Part I – Scientific Opening. Plenary Session AP.1 Innovations in Photovoltaics  and Becquerel Prize Ceremony.
    • Part II – Opening Addresses.
    • Part III – Moderated Panel Discussion. Topic: “The role of PV in the Green Deal and the EU Recovery Package – Perspectives and chances for a sustainable future?”

Contact Information

Stefanie Leanza
WIP Renewable Energies
Marketing Manager
Mail: [email protected]
Phone: +49 (0)89 720 12 730

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