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COST Action PEARL PV’s Conference – Enabling the PV Terawatt Transition

March 14 @ 08:00 - March 16 @ 22:59

COST Action PEARL PV will organize an international conference from 14 to 16 March 2022 at University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. The program of this conference will be related to the mean aim of this COST Action: to improve the energy performance and reliability of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems in order to enable the PV terawatt transition. This aim is embedded in research that is conducted in five Working Groups which will organize five sessions at the PEARL PV Conference on resp. (1) PV Monitoring, (2) Reliability and Durability of PV, (3) PV Simulation, (4) PV in the Built Environment and (5) PV in Grids.

The tentative program of this three-day conference with 150 attendees is available here: TentativeProgramPEARLPVConferenceMarch2022-dd20122022
This program will be fully updated in January 2022.

Confirmed plenary speakers

Prof. dr. Monica Lira-Cantu, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ICN2, Barcelona, Spain
Title: Perovskite solar cell stability

Monica Lira-Cantu is the director of the Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy Group (NMPE) at ICN2 (Barcelona, Spain). Her research interests are the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials for next-generation solar cells: Dye sensitized, Hybrid, Organic and Perovskite Solar Cells. The NMPE group is focused on the synthesis of novel nanomaterials and the control of their optoelectronic properties through their manipulation at molecular level, with the aim of developing highly stable and highly efficient perovskite solar cells. NMPE aims at the development of highly stable solar cells for industrial applications (e.g. building integration PV) and novel self-powered photovoltaic-based devices for Internet of things (IoT) applications (e.g. sensors, wearables, printed electronics). The group is internationally recognized for its implication in the enhancement of the operational stability of emerging photovoltaics.
Monica Lira-Cantu has a Bachelor in Chemistry Science (Mexico) and obtained a Master and PhD in Materials Science (University of Barcelona). She worked at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering in New Jersey (USA) initiating a laboratory on energy related applications, University of Oslo (Norway), Riso National Laboratory (Denmark), the Center for Advanced Science and Innovation (Japan) (2006) and she was also a visiting professor of EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland). She has more than 125 publications and a h = 48 (July 2021).

Prof. dr. Christophe Ballif, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Christophe Ballif is the director of the Phototovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory (PV-Lab) at the institute of microengineering (IMT) in Neuchâtel (part of the EPFL since 2009). The lab focus is on the science and technology of high efficiency heterojunction crystalline cells, so-called passivating contacts for solar cells, multi-junction solar cells include novel generation Perovskite on innovative optical high speed detector and on various macroelectronics application. It also deals with energy management with a focus on integration of solar electricity into the energy system. Since 2013, Ballif is also the director of the CSEM PV-Center, also located in Neuchâtel. The CSEM PV-Center is focusing more on industrialization and technology transfer in the field of solar energy, including solar electricity management and storage. At the core of the CSEM PV-center activities lies several “pilot lines” for various kinds of solar cells manufacturing and a platform for developing “ideal packaging solutions and polymers” for PV modules. In addition, joined facilities between CSEM and EPFL of over 800 m2 are available for modules manufacturing, measuring and accelerated aging.  In 2016, Christophe Ballif received the Becquerel prize for his contributions to the field of high efficiency photovoltaics.

Prof. dr. Jan Kleissl, University of California, San Diego, USA.
Title: Solar Forecasting

Jan Kleissl is the Director of the UC San Diego Center for Energy Research and Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego. He researches the interaction of weather with engineering systems in buildings, solar power systems, and the electric power grid. Kleissl’s solar variability models, sky imager solar forecasting tools, and numerical weather prediction solar forecasts have been commercialized or used operationally to advance solar power integration. Kleissl received an undergraduate degree from the University of Stuttgart and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, both in environmental engineering with a focus in environmental fluid mechanics. Jan Kleissl has published over 100 papers in the top journals of solar power resources, forecasting, and integration.

The main contact persons for the program of this conference will be Angèle Reinders (prof.dr.), Chair of COST Action PEARL PV and this conference, and Wilfried van Sark (prof.dr.), Vice Chair of this conference. You can easily reach them by email at resp. a.h.m.e.reinders@utwente.nl and W.G.J.H.M.vanSark@uu.nl.

Full organizing committee
Dr. David Moser, EURAC, Italy, Vice Chair of this Action
Dr. Jeff Kettle, University of Glasgow, UK, WG2 Leader on Reliability and Durability of PV
Prof.dr. Nicola Pearsall, Northumbria University, UK, WG3 Leader on PV Simulation
Dr. Bogdan Burduhos, Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania, WG4 Leader on PV in the Built Environment
Dr. Jonathan Leloux, Lucisun, Belgium and Spain, WG5 Leader on PV in Grids.
Prof.dr. Angèle Reinders, University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, Chair of this Action
Prof.dr. Wilfried van Sark, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, WG1 Leader on PV Monitoring

Important note on COVID-19: At present, we are hopeful that we will be able to proceed with the conference as a physical gathering. However, if this is not possible, the conference will take place as a hybrid physical or virtual event. In either case, please do not make any firm travel plans until a further announcement is made confirming the conference format. In the conference’s venue, local covid-19 measures such as 1.5 meters distancing,  good ventilation in meeting rooms and, if required, wearing of face masks in indoor areas will be adhered to. On 25 February 2022, it will be decided whether this event will be held as a hybrid or a fully online event. The situation regarding covid-19 in the Netherlands is reported on a daily basis on this website: Coronavirus Dashboard | COVID-19 | Government.nl

Registration: As usual, but in particular, in this period with covid-19, this COST event can only be attended by means of an official invitation from the Grant Holder of this Action, please contact Peter Jansen for information by p.jansen@utwente.nl.

Travel information to University of Twente, the Netherlands can be accessed here: Contact | Route & campus map | Home (EN) (utwente.nl)

Accommodation information will be available in January 2022


March 14 @ 08:00
March 16 @ 22:59


University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands


University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
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