The Solar Energy Society (UK-ISES) 16th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference

University of Salford
The Chapman Building, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WT, UK

Conference registration opens 6th April 10.00 am, Chapman Building
Conference Opening Session begins 11.15 am, Chapman Lecture Theatre 3


Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th April 2022

The University of Salford campus map together with directions for travelling to the university is available here.

The Photovoltaics Science, Applications and Technology (PVSAT) Conference is a 3-day event organised annually by the UK division of the International Solar Energy Society (UK-ISES). It is the UK’s premier scientific event for solar photovoltaics (PV) where the latest advances in research and development are presented and discussed. PVSAT conferences address all PV technologies including crystalline silicon, inorganic thin film, multi-junction concentrators, perovskites and emerging organic and hybrid cells, together with installation, performance monitoring, durability and energy and environmental impacts. The conference includes an industry exhibition and each year, the programme features talks by several invited speakers from world-leading institutions in PV. Join us to learn about and contribute to recent advances in photovoltaic research and development whilst connecting with the vibrant UK solar energy community.

PVSAT-16 Venue and Accommodation

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.

Accommodation is available through he Marketing Manchester Convention Bureau who are offering management of the hotel accommodation for PVSAT-16. This provides delegates with discounted booking of accommodation at locations near to the conference venue. Please click the link below to find out more.

Book your accommodation here

Guests wishing to stay at the Holiday Inn Manchester - MediaCityUK, White, MediaCityUK, Salford M50 2HT, please contact the hotel directly on 0161 813 1040 or email reservations on and quote ‘PVS’.

Invited Speakers

Here is a look at this year's invited speakers

Dr. Heather Yates


My research involves chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of both III-V semiconductors and various oxides (or metals). The atmospheric-pressure CVD systems employ thermal, flame and plasma technologies, and multiple precursor delivery technologies including flash evaporation and aerosol. These are all capable of scale-up and integration into industrial processes. They are used for producing tailored thin film coatings with added value functional properties. CVD technology can be adapted to meet a range of nanostructured coating and surface structures which include abrasion resistant, biocidal, conductive, anti-reflection, thermochromic and hydrophobic materials. One particular use is for increased solar cell efficiency via design of CVD equipment and optimisation of the layers which make up the cells.

Dr. William Swan


I am currently the Director of Energy House Laboratories, leading all the energy and buildings work in the University of Salford. This is currently a team of 16 people and growing and covers in the following areas: Energy House, Smart Meters Smart Homes Lab, Thermal Lab, Fieldwork Team, Modelling, data Analytics and Building Performance. We are industry focused and have a wide portfolio of commercial partners, as well as working with regional and national government. In addition we have a high profile in the media and have presented our work on the BBC, Sky News, Reuters, and MSNBC, as well as national radio and press.

Prof. Nicola Pearsall


Nicola Pearsall is Emerita Professor of Renewable Energy in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University. Prof. Pearsall was the Head of the Newcastle Photovoltaics Applications Group at Northumbria University until her retirement in 2018 and continues to collaborate with the PV research community in a variety of UK and European projects, mainly relating to PV system performance.

Dr. Bernard McNeils

IT Power china

Bernard McNelis started investigating photovoltaics in 1973 when he worked in the Chemistry Department of Chloride Technical Centre in Swinton. He was a founder member of UK-ISES. From Chloride he was recruited by Solar Power Corporation. Followed this he worked at Solar Energy Developments and GTSystems on a variety of projects in several countries. He was co-founder of ITPower in 1981 and there managed PV projects in more than 50 developing countries for most of the world’s International Agencies. He led the IEA’s first project to include developing countries. He was Visiting Professor at University of Southampton. Since retiring he has been restoring an old house, integrating PV wherever possible.


EPSRC Supersolar Network Bursaries

A total of 10 postgraduate student bursaries are available. In the initial allocation, bursaries will be limited to one per institution. The Postgraduate Student Bursary is provided from the EPSRC SuperSolar Network and will only 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 2022.

No funds are granted to meet travel, accommodation or subsistence costs which remain the responsibility of the student in receipt of the bursary. 
Successful applicants and the academic supervisor will be notified in writing. Please return the bursary application form, once completed, either by emailing it to or by posting it to the following address:

Prof. Michael G Hutchins
The Solar Energy Society
26 Withington Court
OX14 3QB

The EPSRC SuperSolar Network acts as a knowledge exchange mechanism. It maintains the co-ordinated network for the Photovoltaics (PV) research community in the UK. It includes all solar technologies from fundamental research through to module engineering, champions the role of solar in the overall energy mix and engages all stakeholders in industry, government and finance. It involves academics from 10 universities and six partners, four of which are from industry. The SuperSolar Network is led by Professor Michael Walls, Loughborough University. More info can be found on their website at

Travel Bursaries

If you are a member or student member of the RSC, Travel Bursaries to attend scientific meetings are available from the RSC Energy Sector Interest Group who are sponsoring PVSAT-16. Full details are available from under the section called Knowledge-Exchange Bursary Scheme (KEBS).

Sponsors and Exhibitors


The PVSAT conference series has been running since 2003 and attracts around 100-140 delegates each year. The delegates are mainly from UK academia but UK companies are also represented. Invited speakers are high calibre researchers from Universities, Companies and Research Institutes worldwide. An industry exhibition is integrated into the conference format. Sponsors will be offered space for display within the Exhibition Forum. The next PVSAT conference will be held at the University of Salford, Manchester in 2022.

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

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

Supported By


The PVSAT-16 conference will be held in the Chapman Building of the University of Salford, in 2022. The Chapman Building is located on the main university campus and provides an environment for the conference sessions, the exhibition and poster areas. To date, we have again secured sponsorship the EPSRC Supergen SuperSolar Network, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics.

We expect attendance numbers to be in excess of 100 delegates. We are offering a discounted Exhibitor registration fee of £960.00 (£800.00 + VAT) for registration and payment before 15th December 2021. Please complete and return the PVSAT-16 exhibitor registration form to the Secretariat.

Please contact us directly here at the Secretariat for any further information you may require at this time. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Prof. Michael G Hutchins
The Solar Energy Society
26 Withington Court
OX14 3QB


Dr. Alex Cole

Centre for process innovation

Conference chair

Dr. Jeff Kettle

bangor university


Dr. Andrew Clayton

swansea University

programme chair

Prof. Michael Hutchins



Dr. Stuart Boden

University of southampton

Mr. Steve Ransome


Dr. Tasmiat Rahman

university of southampton

Dr. Piers Barnes

Imperial college london

Dr. Heather Yates

University of salford

Dr. Nigel Mason

PV Consulting

Prof. Nicola Pearsall

Northumbria university

Prof. Stuart Irvine

Swansea university

Prof. Tristan Watson

Swansea university

Dr. Tom Betts

Loughborough university

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