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The 16th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference
University of Salford



Key Dates
Abstract submission deadline: Friday 17th January 2020
Author notification: Monday 3rd February 2020
Full paper submission deadline: TO BE ADVISED
Early bird registration deadline: TO BE ADVISED

Register your attendance of PVSAT-16 at a reduced rate before the Early Bird deadline by completing and returning the Delegate Registration form to the Solar Energy Society Secretariat.

Abstract Preparation and Submission

Abstracts are invited for both oral and poster presentations. Abstracts will be subjected to a stringent review process and will only be accepted based on their merits. The abstract must not exceed 1 page A4 and should be sent by email as a file attachment to The Solar Energy Society (UK-ISES) Secretariat at info@uk-ises.org
Abstracts should include the author for correspondence, the selected conference theme and indicate the preference for poster or oral presentation. The abstract should clearly identify the paper title, names and affiliations of all authors, purpose of the work, scientific approach, relevance, summary of the results and conclusions.

Full Paper Submission

This year the PVSAT Organising Committee has decided to give as much flexibility as possible to authors in the preparation of conference papers. There will be four options available for delegates presenting at the conference: 
  • Submission of a full 4 page manuscript;
  • Submission of an extended 1-2 page abstract;
  • Submission of a digital copy of the oral presentation delivered;
  • Submission of a digital copy of the poster presentation delivered.
Full paper manuscripts and extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. 
Awards will be made for the best poster presentations and the best full papers submitted.

Key Themes

  • Crystalline silicon photovoltaics.
  • Inorganic thin film, perovskite and excitonic photovoltaics.
  • Tandem, multijunction and concentrator devices.
  • Photodetectors, novel devices and new horizons in photovoltaics.
  • Manufacturing processes and characterisation.
  • Photovoltaic systems, components and grid integration.
  • Performance measurements and field experience.
  • Policy & environment issues, including economics, market development and life cycle analysis.
  • Photodetectors

  • A Word from the Chair

    As PVSAT Conference Chair, it is my great pleasure to invite you to participate in the PVSAT-16 Conference and Exhibition to be held at the University of Salford, Manchester, 15-17 April 2020. The organising committee appreciate the feedback we received from our successful PVSAT-14 and PVSAT-15 events at Imperial College London and the University of Warwick which we are using to ensure that Salford will be equally successful and meet everyone’s requirements. 

    Salford University has a long history of applied science and technology research dating back to the 19th century thriving textile industry, and for its close collaboration with industry. Its alumni include the artist L.S. Lowry, whose work is displayed at The Lowry Art Gallery where the conference dinner will take place. From the nearby former home of prominent physicist James Prescott Joule to the modern day ‘Energy house’, which is the only fully climate-controlled research facility in the world, the energy theme has long been present. Salford was also active in the development of CuInSe2 based PV cells through to current research on photovoltaics, quantum memory devices and hydrogen storage. 

    We are working on a great line-up of guest speakers. However, it is our contributory speakers and poster presenters that are central to the success of our event and our Call for Abstracts is now open so please ensure your contributions are submitted before the deadline of Friday 20 December 2019. We will notify all corresponding authors by Monday 3 February 2020. 

    10 Postgraduate Student Bursaries will be made available by the EPSRC SuperSolar Network to be used to meet the cost of the PVSAT-16 student delegate conference registration fee and National Student Membership of the Solar Energy Society for 2020. Individuals can apply by completing the Bursary Application form available at www.pvsat.org.uk and returning the completed form to the UK-ISES Secretariat by email or by post. 

    PVSAT is a not-for-profit organisation and sponsors are being sought to keep registration fees as low as possible, particularly for students. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please get in touch. Along with our regular exhibitors we welcome new organisations to participate and display their offer to our delegates. Please check out the details on the PVSAT website and get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. 

    This is my second year as Conference Chair and I’m pleased to say that last year’s conference at the University of Warwick went extremely well and we thank all the organisers, local support as well as the delegates, speakers, presenters exhibitors and sponsors for making it a success. This year’s conference at Salford should be just as good and we’re currently pulling together an exciting programme including a number of well regarded invited speakers from academia and industry based in the UK and oversees. Keep an eye on the PVSAT website for some exciting announcements.  

    Alex Cole, PVSAT-16 Conference Chair