PVSAT-13 Bangor

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A Word from the Chair

Article by Nigel Mason, PV Consulting Ltd

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the 12th PVSAT conference in Liverpool 2016. PVSAT is the UK’s premier scientific event for solar PV where the latest advances in UK research and development are presented and discussed. The 3-day conference covers all PV technologies; crystalline silicon, inorganic thin film, multi-junction concentrators and emerging organic and hybrid cells, including perovskite cells that have made rapid advances and much publicity in recent years. But PVSAT is not just about research, from the beginning this conference has included applications, field performance, environmental impact, policy issues and market development and with the UK’s impressive deployment of PV in just the last three years, there is much to learn from the experience and performance of large-scale solar PV in the UK. The organising committee have been working hard in the background to prepare an exciting agenda for next year’s meeting and we hope to be announcing our list of international and UK guest speakers in the very near future. In the meantime, I invite everyone to submit an abstract of the paper you would like to present at this meeting, either as contributory speaker or as poster presentation – full details on our new-look PVSAT website (details below). As with recent PVSAT events, selected strong papers presented at the meeting will be considered for peer-review journals by IET Journals and Maney Publishing. It’s the practice of PVSAT to hold its annual event at different venues. In the last three years we have visited Swansea, Loughborough and Leeds. In 2016 we will hold the event at The University of Liverpool where they have an impressive new venue for lectures and exhibitions immediately adjacent to the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy. 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. We have an impressive venue for the conference awards dinner included in the conference fee. Look out for announcements about the SuperGen SuperSolar workshop that will be held at the same venue on 5th April, the day immediately preceding PVSAT-12. PVSAT12 is the opportunity to showcase your work, present your latest results and network with old friends and find new collaborators for future projects. I look forward to seeing you in Liverpool next April.

Date: Oct. 13, 2015, 1:01 p.m.