CPV-8: 8th International Conference on Concentrating PV Systems
This conference carries on the tradition of important scientific conferences relating to CPV technology, which began in New Orleans, USA in 2002, followed by Alice Springs, Australia, 2003, Scottsdale, USA, 2005, El Escorial, Spain, 2007, Palm Springs, USA, 2008, Freiburg, Germany in 2010 and last year in 2011 it took place in Las Vegas, USA.
The "International Conference on Concentrating Photovoltaics," formerly called the "International Conference on Solar Concentrators for the Generation of Electricity", provides the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research, industrialization and the market for concentrating photovoltaic technologies. The scope of the conference is devoted to in-depth technical discussions on the science, engineering, performance and economics of CPV systems.
Very high-efficiency multi-junction concentrator solar cells have now reached efficiencies over 40%. This development has substantially influenced CPV technology. Today, CPV systems have shown operating AC efficiencies above 25 %. This high system efficiency has raised interest in this technology and increased the potential to generate low-cost electricity or hydrogen in sunny areas. Thus, photovoltaic concentrator systems could dramatically overtake other PV technologies in the electric utility marketplace, due to the low capital cost of concentrator manufacturing facilities and the possibility of fast growth. The current feed-in tariff conditions in Europe, and the increased interest in the USA for utility-scale applications provide the opportunity for development of large power plants, long seen as the natural market for PV concentrators.
Around the world, researchers and engineers are developing solar concentrator technologies for entry into the electricity generation market. The last conference on the subject was held in April of 2010 in Freiburg, Germany, and proved to be an important opportunity for technology and business leaders to share new and crucial information that is helping to stimulate projects in their countries. The accelerated activity in installation of manufacturing capacity at key concentrator PV companies positions the CPV community for demonstration of the technology and promises an exciting conference for researchers, developers, and investors.
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