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Chairman’s Message

Dr. Andreas Bett
Scientific Chair of CPV-12
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany

The 11th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems held in April 2015 in Aix-les-Bains, France gathered more than 230 people to discuss the progress in technology, market and financing aspects, and the challenges and future of CPV technology. Record values for solar cell efficiencies of more than 46% and module efficiencies higher than 36% have been presented by different actors. Field experiences showed that the technology is highly reliable and excellent performances had been reported. 

At the time of the conference we planned and announced to run the next CPV-12 conference in Beijing, China. However, during the last months it turned out that we face some difficulties for organizing the conference in China. Therefore, the Chair Committee took the decision to move the location of the conference. I am specifically delighted to announce that the next CPV-12 conference will be held in Freiburg, Germany. It is the site where I myself and the Conference Organizer PSE are located. We will do our best to provide a friendly and sound atmosphere for our conference. The already announced date of April 25-27, 2016 is maintained. Please mark the date in your calendar. 

The important dates for the conference are already fixed:

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 16, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: January 22, 2016
  • Start of online registration: February 1, 2016
  • End of early bird discount: March 1, 2016
  • Deadline of full paper upload: April 27, 2016

More information will be provided via the newsletter and on this webpage.

I am sure that we will have again an excellent conference in Freiburg which provides updated information on technological component level, the technological progress in the field of high-concentration and low-concentration systems, reliability and industrial challenges, trackers, market issues and investor and finance aspects. Moreover, it is your chance to establish new networks! I am looking forward to seeing you all in Freiburg in April 2016!

Dr. Andreas Bett
Scientific Chair of CPV-12
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany

September 2015 


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