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Invitation from the Program Chair

On behalf of the Technical Program Committee, I am honored to invite you to submit an abstract on your latest achievements in photovoltaic (PV) research, development, and applications to the 43rd IEEE PVSC. The PVSC endeavors to cover all aspects of PV science and technology, and caters to the full spectrum of knowledge and innovation from basic science to electricity delivered to the customer.  PVSC aims to be a highly interactive venue for both seasoned PV experts as well as entry-level professionals/students. The conference provides a unique opportunity to meet, share and discuss PV-related developments in a timely and influential forum. Please contribute to the PVSC's tradition as a premier international conference on the science and technology that can contribute toward a world powered largely by PV systems.
To have your paper considered for presentation at the 43rd PVSC, please submit

  1. A 3-page evaluation abstract (for review, not for posting) and
  2. A short abstract of no more than 300 words in length for display on the PVSC website. 

Evaluation abstracts are expected to be detailed enough to allow a thorough technical review.  Please follow the suggested format, a template has been provided at the conference website for your convenience. Abstract submission is via the 43rd PVSC website at Please log in by using your user name and password and carefully follow the instructions provided to upload your abstract successfully. This year’s call includes several cross cutting themes that span across traditional PVSC technical areas and are referenced as subareas that are joint to several areas. When submitting an abstract in response to these topics please select the Area that best fits the nature of the investigation proposed in your abstract.

The 43rd PVSC may be co-located with the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) Solar 2016 conference. ASES’ conference covers a wider range of topics than the PVSC. As the PV industry grows, it is useful for PV experts to have a broader understanding of how PV is being used in the world, the challenges associated with its adoption, and the research opportunities related to overcoming these challenges. ASES has, historically, addressed topics related to solar resource, grid integration, and barriers to adoption of PV in more depth than the PVSC. If the co-location is approved, papers that are expected to be of mutual interest to the attendees of the two conferences will be presented in joint sessions between the two conferences and a discounted registration fee will be offered for those who would like to be able to attend all sessions in both conferences.

We are also continuing the option of offering authors who submit particularly high quality PVSC review abstracts (see below), as evaluated by the program committee, an opportunity to directly submit a manuscript to the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. This path allows authors to bring their peer reviewed journal quality research to the PVSC and enjoy both the PVSC conference experience as well as publishing their work in a high impact journal.

The deadline for electronic submission of the abstracts is January 22nd, 2016 at midnight Pacific Standard Time (UTC - 8 hours). Contributing authors will be notified of the acceptance status of their papers after March 11, 2016. For visa applications, an invitation letter will be issued at that time.  We will also ask authors to confirm that they will be able to present their work at the conference and upload their manuscript by the due date of June 1, 2016 for publication in the conference proceedings.

On behalf of the Technical Program Committee I look forward to welcoming and meeting with you at the PVSC-43 in Portland, Oregon!

Sarah Kurtz
Program Chair, 43rd IEEE-PVSC


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