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Join Us and Your Colleagues and World Experts and Your Friends in Seattle!

Arno Smets, PhD
Chair IEEE PVSC 52
It is our great pleasure to extend an invitation for you to join us at the 52nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference on June 9-14, 2024 in Seattle, Washington. We are honoured to host this world class event which offers you, once again, an excellent opportunity to absorb, update, and discuss the most recent and relevant developments in photovoltaics.

The fast advances in photovoltaic solar energy are mind blowing! All major future energy transition scenarios forecast a key role for photovoltaic solar energy. Global cumulative installed nominal photovoltaic power has surpassed the 1 Terawatt in 2023 and the realization of an annual global market of 1 Terawatt/year is in sight. More regional supply chains and manufacturing capacity are realized around the world. Currently, the wide variety of companies involved in the sector of photovoltaic solar energy facilitates 4.5 million jobs worldwide and this work-force is growing with >250 000 per year. Companies, institutes and universities carry on improving the performance and reliability of solar cells and modules to levels we could only dream of a decade ago. Many reasons that we can expect the PV sector to blossom the coming years.

These advances create new priorities like creating circular supply chains, solving grid-integration bottlenecks, improving system reliability, developing cost-effective storage concepts, powering electrical mobility, creation of sustainable financial solutions, introducing effective government policies and creating high quality education and training programs in photovoltaic solar energy.

At the 52nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference we will be addressing these advances and challenges by offering a diverse technical program divided into eleven areas covering the breadth and depth of PV science, manufacturing, reliability, deployment, policy and sustainability. We will have a slate of exciting keynote, plenary and invited speakers sharing up-to-date research summaries and breakthroughs. Our signature Sunday session will be dedicated to tutorials, for students, entry-level professionals as well as for seasoned PV experts looking to expand their knowledge to new areas. The conference’s Exhibits area will welcome companies to showcase their latest developments in characterization, materials and manufacturing. All of these events will be enhanced by ample opportunities for networking to form new collaborations and friendships as well as renew old acquaintances.

Rooms are reserved in The Westin Seattle for normal participants and rooms in the SpringHill Suites Seattle Downtown at special rates for students. The hotels are conveniently located nearby Convention Center Summit which is in the heart of Seattle’s retail district and just a few blocks from the iconic Pike Place Market. The committee is especially reaching out to participants that need longer processing time for their US visa application. From September 2023 the committee will work to expedite invitation letters for visa applications when necessary.

The PVSC Organizing Committee is strongly committed to creating an inclusive and respectful conference environment that values and seeks the variety of dimensions that age, race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, socio-economic status, religious beliefs, experiences, perspectives, lifestyles, geographic regions and cultures have to offer.

On behalf of all the dedicated volunteers who comprise the PVSC Organizing, Cherry, and International Committees, we look forward to personally welcoming you to Seattle for the 52nd IEEE PVSC!

Arno Smets
52nd IEEE PVSC Chair

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