Beauty and Power of designed Photovoltaics

special session Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes

32nd  European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (32nd EU PVSEC)

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Day: Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The sixth edition of the Special Session Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes will take place on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 within the framework of 32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Munich, Germany.

This Conference is the largest event in the world addressing science, technology, engineering and policies of photovoltaic solar energy.
The target audience present at this conference, about 4000 scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, financing organisations and political decision makers, is not readily aware of the opportunities and specific features photovoltaics offers. This new energy system continuously becomes more visible in our daily life and can easily be reinforced by design.

In the upcoming 6th edition, the organizers of the event want to extend the visions presented towards the opportunity of demonstrating the “Beauty and Power of Designed photovoltaics ”. Internationally-renowned researchers, producers, architects and landscape designers present their concepts for making photovoltaic systems a new cultural experience which enhances the relationship between the citizens and the energy environment.

With the rising number of photovoltaic installations used on building roofs and as integrated systems in the urban environment or as large fields, the acceptance by the citizens becomes an increasing issue and in the case of larger installations, also an issue with authorities.

Emphasis is also given to designs which foster further cost reduction and which add value to the systems such as:

  • double function of photovoltaic modules (such as isolation or heat recovery);
  • building integration (such as modules as building material, integral part of the building construction)
  • visibility and “vivibility” of urban spaces (shading, weather protection)
  • upgrade of open spaces and landscape (higher agricultural yield, reduction of soil degradation, water collection, industrial or transport infrastructures)

The event is co-organised by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development and ETA-Florence Renewable Energies.