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Nanophotonics - essential ingredient for efficient and cost-effective solar cells?

The Workshop Nanophotonics - essential ingredient for efficient and cost-effective solar cells? , jointly organised by the Nanophotonics Europe Association, the European Photovoltaic Technology PlatformEU PVSEC 2013 and the Nanophotonics for Energy Efficiency Network of Excellence will take place on October 3, 2013 i Paris, with the support of Photonics21 and EPIC.

Scope: A forum for the Nanophotonics and Photovoltaics communities to exchange ideas, to inform one another of latest developments, issues and challenges and to discuss joint future activities. 

Background: The Photovoltaics community is driven by issues relating to materials, engineering and manufacturing, and mainly focusing on the $/W metric. Novel ideas emerging out of the Nanophotonics community may address these issues by increasing the efficiency for the same amount of material, or by allowing a reduction in the amount of material used for the same efficiency, but these ideas are often seen as impractical and not scalable. There is a clear need for the Photovoltaics and Nanophotonics communities to inform one another of the mutual constraints and capabilities and to explore the way forward, with the goal of ensuring the long term European competitiveness. The most suitable funding sources need to be identified and brought on board.


09:00 09:10 Wim C. Sinke (European Photovoltaic Technology Platform), Gonçal Badenes (Nanophotonics Europe Association Welcome and Introduction
09:10 09:35 Albert Polman (AMOLF) Light management for ultra-high efficiency photovoltaics
09:35 10:00 Franz-Josef Haug (EPFL) Nanophotonics for more efficient solar cells
10:00 10:25 Ounsi El Daif (IMEC) From nanoscale to gigawatt: a possible roadmap for how photonics will empower photovoltaics
10:25 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 11:10 Cosimo Gerardi (STMicroelectronics) Thin film photovoltaics: industrial strategies for increasing the efficiency and reducing costs
11:10 11:35 Stefan Glunz (FhG ISE) Photonics for high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells
11:35 12:00 ALL, Thomas Krauss (Univ. York), Moderator Panel / Discussion
12:00 12:10 ALL Conclusions and future actions

The event is open for participation to everyone interested in the subject. Access to the event is open to all EU PVSEC participants, so you will need a conference pass, a day pass or an exhibition pass. Registration for the workshop is required: EU PVSEC 2013 Parallel Event Registration.
You can get your visitor's ticket for the exhibition and parallel events for 15-25€ here:, or register for the Conference here:

Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad - Gobierno de España

The Nanophotonics Europe Association has been partially
funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
through grant ACI-2009-1013


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