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, applications, and impact to the 49th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC-49). The PVSC-49 endeavors to cover the full spectrum of PV knowledge and innovation, from the basic science and engineering of materials, devices, and systems, to the examination of policy and markets and critical issues of social impact. PVSC aims to be a highly interactive and inclusive venue for everyone, from seasoned PV experts to entry-level professionals to students alike. 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 the premier international conference on PV science and technology and help usher in a solar-powered world.

New this year: Publication of a conference proceeding will be optional. Full papers are encouraged but short abstracts will otherwise be used as the publication of record. Authors will have the option of submitting their evaluation abstract or a longer conference proceeding by the May 31, 2022, publication deadline. Exceptional submissions will be recommended for expedited review and publication in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.

New this year: We have merged former Technical Areas on III-V and on space in new Technical Area 3 on III-V, Space and Concentrator Photovoltaics. PVSC-49 includes 11 Technical Areas, along with a slate of compelling Keynote and Plenary Speakers to be announced. The conference will also include several exciting cross-cutting themes and joint areas such as “Advanced Resource Management for 100% Renewable Electricity”, “Hybrid Tandem/Multijunction Solar Cells” and “Challenges and opportunities on grid and microgrid integration of PV systems”. When submitting an abstract in response to these and similar topics, select the Technical Area that best fits the nature of the work described in your abstract or select the specific Joint Area that is noted within the Area Descriptions (if applicable).

To have your paper considered for presentation at the PVSC-49, please submit:

  1. An evaluation abstract (3 pages maximum for technical committee review);
  2. A short abstract of 300 words or less for display on the PVSC-49 website and default publication in the PVSC proceedings. 
Abstract submission is via the PVSC-49 website where templates are provided. Detailed technical evaluation abstracts will be thoroughly reviewed. The deadline for abstract submission is January 17, 2022, at midnight Pacific Standard Time (UTC - 8 hours). Contributing authors will be notified of the acceptance status of their papers around March 15, 2022, after which they must confirm their ability to present their work at the conference. Invitation letters for visa applications are issued after registration to the conference upon request.

I look forward to welcoming you at the 49th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!

Karin Hinzer 
Technical Program Chair
2022 IEEE PVSC-49