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11th Photovoltaic Science Application and Technology (PVSAT-11)

Conference and Exhibition, 15-17 April 2015, University of Leeds, UK

organised by the Solar Energy Society(UK-ISES)

Abstract submission deadline:  

Monday 22 Dec 2014

A Word from the Chair

I have just returned from a week in Amsterdam at EU PVSEC hearing about the latest scientific and technology progress in solar PV.  The conversion efficiency of PV cells continue upward with new records for crystalline silicon (25.7%, Panasonic), CdTe cell (21.0%, First Solar), CIGS (21.7%, ZSW) and multi-junction concentrator cells (46.5%, Fraunhofer ISE).  Clearly the development in these established technologies continues to advance.  The newer cell technologies (dye-sensitized cells, organic cells, CZTS and hybrid/perovskite) by definition started the race late but have made significant progress in recent years, most notably perovskite cells that now reported to have reached over 19%.
     I’m now looking forward to PVSAT-11, firmly established as the UK’s premier scientific event for solar PV, where I expect to hear the latest progress being made by UK universities and research groups. The UK has strong R&D in solar, particularly in thin film and the newer cell technologies, and PVSAT is the opportunity to showcase this work and present your latest results and achievements.
     PVSAT is not all about the science and has from the beginning covered applications, field performance, policy issues and market development.  This is perhaps more relevant to the UK today where adoption of PV has never been greater.  I’d personally like to hear more about the environmental impacts and benefits of solar especially since its green halo is being challenged by competing energy technologies (including fracking!).  So pick-up your pens/keyboards/touch screens and submit your abstract for PVSAT-11.
     PVSAT-11 will be held at Leeds University in the heart of this great city with convenient rail, road and air connections.  The meeting will be held over three days starting late morning on day 1 and finishing with lunch on day 3.  We will host an exhibition where delegates have an opportunity to view and discuss the latest developments in device characterisation, fabrication and specialist materials offered by commercial suppliers. As always, all meals and refreshments are included in the event so it is a great way to network.  Come and meet old friends and find new collaborators for future projects.
     Look out for announcements about the SuperGen SuperSolar workshop that will be held at the University of Leeds on the day immediately preceding PVSAT-11.
     Look forward to see you in April, Nigel Mason, PVSAT-11 Conference Chair


pdf   Call for Papers  - see conference themes listed below


All papers, whether accepted for Oral presentation or Poster presentation will be submitted as a completed manuscript and published in the PVSAT-11 Conference Proceedings.

Selected papers evidencing high quality contributions in PV materials and PV systems will be invited to submit their manuscripts to special issues of Energy Materials Journal or IET Journal respectively.

Papers accepted for poster presentation at the conference should be formatted as A1 Portrait

Abstract Preparation and Submission

Abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentation.
All papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Papers will be subjected to a stringent review process and will only be accepted based on their merits. The abstract should be prepared in English, single-spaced, using Times New Roman 10 pt font with margins of 2.5 cm and using Microsoft Word. The abstract must not exceed 1 page A4 and should be sent by email to . The message should have a subject starting with ‘PVSAT-11 Abstract Submission’; the file should be named with the surname of the first author (and a running number if more than one paper is submitted, e.g. Surname1). The abstract should include: applicable subject area, full title, names and affiliations of the authors including full contact details of the author for correspondence, purpose of the work, scientific approach, relevance, summary of the results and conclusions and indicate preference for poster or oral presentation. Selected papers evidencing high quality contributions in PV materials and PV systems will be invited to submit their manuscripts to special issues of Energy Materials Journal or IET Journal respectively.

Key Registration Dates

Abstract submission deadline:  Monday 22 December 2014
Full paper submission: Wednesday 18th March 2015
Early Bird Registration deadline: Wednesday 18th March 2015

Conference Themes

1. Crystalline silicon photovoltaics

2. Thin film inorganic photovoltaics

3. Excitonic photovoltaics  including dye-sensitised, organic and perovskites

4. High efficiency and novel photovoltaic devices

5. Concentrator photovoltaics

6. Manufacturing processes and characterisation

7. Photovoltaic systems, components and grid integration

8. Performance measurements and field experience

9. Policy & environment issues, including economics, market development and life cycle analysis

Conference Registration

Registration can be made by completing and returning the following form



10 Postgraduate Student Bursaries covering the PVSAT-11 registration fee will be made available through the generous support of the EPSRC Supergen SuperSolar action. A further 5 Postgraduate Student Bursaries will be made available by the University of Leeds. Application details will follow.

Exhibit at PVSAT-11:

PVSAT-11 provides opportunities for leading UK companies to interact with the world-leading UK academic community.

PVSAT-11 invites potential exhibitors to register by completing and submitting the following form

Each Exhibitor is granted two complementary delegate places and unrestricted access to all areas and activities of the conference including conference receptions and both conference dinners.

Exhibitor Registration Fee: £995 inclusive of VAT PVSAT-11

Presently exhibitors include: 

Bentham Instruments

Kurt J. Lesker Company

Sponsor PVSAT-11:

PVSAT-11 is presently sponsored and supported by

Opportunities exist for named sponsorship of individual elements of the conference, e.g. prizes, receptions, coffee breaks, dinner, proceedings etc.

Companies and organisations interested in sponsorship of PVSAT-11 should contact the Solar Energy Society Secretariat for further information.


Conference Programme

The PVSAT-11 Conference Programme will be available following completion of the Abstract Review process in early February 2015.

Wednesday 15 April

10.00 Registration opens; 11.00 Conference opens.; 18.00 Welcome Reception and Dinner, University of Leeds

Thursday 16 April

09.00 Full Conference day; 19.00 Drinks Reception, Conference Awards Dinner, Great Hall University of Leeds

Friday 17 April
09.00 Conference continues; 13.00 Conference closes.

Conference Venue

University of Leeds and City of Leeds maps can be downloaded here:
University of Leeds Campus UniLeeds
City of Leeds Leeds


On-campus accommodation  at the University of Leeds is not available for this conference.

Details of hotels and guest houses with reduced rates will be posted here. Delegates must make their own reservations.

No reservations can be made through the Solar Energy Society, (UK-ISES).

Getting to Leeds

Travelling by Rail

Leeds station connects us with all major UK cities and has a fast and efficient London service. For train information and timetables visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

By bus

There are number of excellent bus services in Leeds. Visit the West Yorkshire Metro website and First Leeds for timetables and general information.
There is also a city bus which stops at the bus and train stations and the southern end of campus (near the back of Leeds General Infirmary A&E) every 10 minutes from 6.30 am - 7.30 pm Monday to Saturday.
Visit the National Express Coaches website for details.

By car

If you are using satellite navigation our address details for the main entrance to our site are:
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
street listing can appear as Cavendish Road in some navigation systems)

Leeds is linked to the M1 and M62. Parking on campus is limited. Parking is available on campus on a first come, first served basis. The charge is £5.00. Come to the main entrance by the Parkinson Building. Plan your route on the AA website

Parking for disabled "blue badge" holders is available on campus for visitors. If you are a blue badge holder you are advised to enter the campus via the main barrier on Woodhouse Lane to show your badge. You can then be directed to the nearest available disabled parking bay to the area you are visiting. Blue badge holders do not need to pay to park on campus. 

By air

Leeds is served by two major airports: Leeds Bradford and ­Manchester
Regular flights are available from a huge number of European and International cities. Leeds Bradford airport is approximately seven miles away from the University, so easily commutable by taxi.

Organising Committee

Conference Chair:   

Nigel Mason, PV Consulting Ltd 


Ralph Gottschalg, Loughborough University, (UK-ISES Vice-Chairperson)


Alex Cole, Polyphotonix, PVSAT Programme Chair
Nick Cowern, Newcastle University
Michael Hutchins, The Solar Energy Society (UK-ISES Secretariat)
Stuart Irvine, OpTIC Technium, Glyndŵr University
Nicola Pearsall, Northumbria University
Tim Bruton, TMB Consulting, Immediate Past PVSAT Chair
Rolf Crook, University of Leeds, Local Organiser
Hari Reehal, London South Bank University
Steve Ransome, Steve Ransome Consulting Ltd
Trystan Watson, SPECIFIC, Swansea University

Previous PVSATs

PVSAT-10, Loughborough University, 23-25 April 2014
PVSAT-9, Swansea University, 10-12 April 2013
PVSAT-8, Northumbria  University, 2-4 April 2012
PVSAT-7, Heriot-Watt University, 1-3 April 2011
PVSAT-6, Southampton University, 1-3 April 2010
PVSAT-5, Glyndŵr University, 1-3 April 2009
PVSAT-4, University of Bath, 2-4 April 2008
PVSAT-3, Durham University, 28-30 March 2007
PVSAT-2, Loughborough University, 14-15 April 2005
PVSAT-1, Loughborough University, 3-4 April 2003

For further information contact:

The Secretariat, The Solar Energy Society,
PO Box 489, Abingdon OX14 4WY, UK
Tel: 0044 (0)7760 163559; Fax: 0044 (0)1235 848684;

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