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Photovoltaic power generation conference - Austin, TX, Feb 23-25, 2010

Advances in photovoltaics technology and manufacturing processes will be addressed at this international conference, as well as emerging applications for photovoltaic-based solar power generation systems.

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Photovoltaic power generation is growing rapidly -- from innovation to commercialization to installation and... power generation!

PennWell Corp. produces a 2010 conference -- the Photovoltaics World Conference & Expo, February 23-25, 2010 in Austin, Texas.

PV Conference and Expo

The Photovoltaics World Conference and Expo will include 2 tracks and 7 sessions.

"This conference on photovoltaics covers not only new manufacturing technologies, but strategic market and policy concerns," said Pete Singer, Editor-in-Chief of Photovoltaics World and program committee chair.

The Photovoltaics conference and expo will be held in conjunction with PennWell's Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America, which covers all forms of renewable energy, including the following energy sectors:

  • wind
  • solar
  • biomass
  • hydro
  • geothermal
  • ocean/tidal/wave
  • bio-power
  • bio-fuels hydrogen
Nearly 4,000 renewable energy power professionals attended the 2009 conference.

Photovoltaics World: Renewable Energy World Network

Photovoltaics World, launched in 2009, is the newest member of PennWell's Electronics Media Group and the Renewable Energy World Network. Through its magazine, website and e-newsletters, Photovoltaics World covers photovoltaics manufacturing and solar power generation.

Job and Investment in Photovoltaics (PV)

Opportunities in the photovoltaics (PV) market in 2010 remain strong according to analysts.

"Utilities and home-owners are increasingly interested in PV systems and large utility ecosystem partners, such as construction and merchant power generation firms, are looking into photovoltaics," said Alfonso Velosa, Research Director, Semiconductors, Gartner, Tucson, AZ.

Solar Modules Demand Projected to Grow 43% in 2010

Dave Cavanaugh, Senior Analyst, Pike Research, Boulder, CO, is also positive: "Led by a strong recovery of demand in Germany and burgeoning growth in Italy, Japan and the United States, we are forecasting that demand for solar modules in 2010 will grow by 43% to reach almost 6.8GW. This offers great news to a solar industry whose market demand as little as two quarters ago was looking dismal."

Economics & the Solar Industry

Still, there is some degree of uncertainty about how the PV market will be impacted by the stability of the global economy, the fate of government incentives, feed-in-tariff (FIT) restructuring, and overall sliding module prices.

PV Technologies

Another uncertainty is which of the many different types of competing photovoltaic technologies will emerge as the winner. Conventional crystalline silicon PV technology remains the market leader, but thin-film technologies are rapidly improving and are poised to gain in market share, particularly in the U.S. Organic photovoltaics (PV on plastic substrates) have also shown dramatic improvements of late, and are an ideal choice for some applications.

PV Conference Sessions

New Frontiers in Photovoltaics Manufacturing

A variety of competing technologies are now being investigated or deployed for photovoltaics/solar cell manufacturing. Recent advances in these technologies rang from simple silicon, to III-V and IV materials. Challenges of photovoltaic cell reliability will be addressed, including thin films, crystalline silicon and concentrator PV technologies. New developments in holographic solar concentrators will also be presented, as will new developments in integrated photovoltaic combined thermal systems.

Advances in Photovoltaic Materials

The range of candidate biomass feedstocks (e.g. algae) which have the attributes for success is expanding and many of these will be compared and contrasted. Recent, high-impact innovations that enable the use of these feedstocks will be presented.

PV Manufacturing Process Technologies

Photovoltaics manufacturing technology has moved into high volume, with throughput reaching 3000 substrates per hour or more. Development of new processes continues, however, in order to obtain higher cell efficiency, higher tool throughput and reduced cost-of-ownership. This session will examine a variety of new process techniques, including surface texturing, atmospheric surface modification, bulk analysis of trace impurities and dopants, and fluorinated elastomer seals.

Photovoltaics - The Quest for Grid Parity Track

One of the main drivers in photovoltaic solar cell technology is the goal of reducing the cost of the power generated to be equivalent to or less than that provided by conventional technologies. This so-called grid parity is usually considered to be about $1/Watt at peak times. This session will take a broad look at what can impact the cost of PV.

Photovoltaics in Practice

Photovoltaic systems have been in use for more than 20 years but are now being implemented in a wide variety of configurations, from building-integrated PV to solar farms and rooftop installations on homes and businesses. This session will look at PV's role in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) efforts, provide an engineering and financial analysis of installing a solar power system on a residential house, a sizing method for security PV systems, a report on the new Net Zero neighborhoods plans, and recent progress in PV sun tracking systems.

Panel Discussion on DC-DC Optimization

This panel session will consist of representatives of two manufacturers of optimizer products, a non-panel manufacturing integrator/operator, and a major panel manufacturer. Likely discussion topics include:
  • the technology itself;
  • the factors behind the proposed economic feasibility of the technology;
  • likely context of use and scale;
  • factors concerning the eventual marriage of the technology with other components, most notably the panels.

Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo

Solar-oriented sessions are also scheduled as part of the general Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America, including PV case studies and applications, solar energy market trends and CSP near-term solutions.

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Photovoltaics World

Photovoltaics World, the newest member of PennWell's Electronics Media Group, covers photovoltaics manufacturing and solar power generation. Our coverage focuses on solar cell design and manufacture, including cells made of multi-, mono- and nano-crystalline silicon, amorphous thin-film silicon, cadmium telluride, copper indium diselenide (CIS), copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) and GaAs. Multijunction cells and concentrator technology are also covered.

PennWell Corporation

PennWell Corporation is a business-to-business media and information company that provides content and integrated marketing solutions for the following global industries: oil and gas, electric power, water, electronics, semiconductor, contamination control, optoelectronics, fiber optics, information technology, fire, emergency services and dental.

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