Conference Exhibition & Sponsorship



Conference timings at-a-glance
Day One (December 1) - 08:50 - 18:00
08:50 - 09:00 PV Insider / Chair's welcome  
09:00 - 15:30 Cost reduction Jump to Section
15:30 - 18:00 Finance & Development Jump to Section
18:00 onwards Networking drinks party  
Day Two (December 2) - 09:30 - 16:30
09:30 - 15:00 International Markets Forum Jump to Section
15:00 - 17:30 Innovation Jump to Section


DAY ONE (December 1)
Cost Reduction Masterclasses
Part I: Thin film modules
09:00 - 10:30 CIGS – The Rising Star
  • Find out how companies are realizing the undisputed potential of CIGS by overcoming the difficulties of reaching technological maturity
  • Take home strategies designed to roadmap the technology to higher efficiencies and take advantage of its capabilities
  • Get expert tips on how to make cuts in your expenditure through the unique manufacturing process for CIGS
09:00 - 09:30 - Lars Bach, Director - Front-End Operation, Solibro GmbH (Q-Cells SE)
09:30 - 10:00 - Brian Stone, Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Nanosolar
10:00 - 10:30 - Bernhard Dimmler, CEO Würth Elektronik Research GmbH, Würth Solar
10:30 - 11:00 Incentives – in a state of flux
  • Understand the incentives and tariffs that are lending themselves to thin film progression, and how to make the most of them
  • Get an objective view on how incentives are shifting, and identify the trends to make your business prevail
  • Learn practical tips on how to work in an unpredictable environment, with the ultimate goal of becoming independent of incentives
Andy Skumanich, Founder & CEO, SolarVision Consulting
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 a-Si – A new dawn
  • With a-Si technology still proving a popular choice, learn tried and trusted techniques to exploit its inherent low cost advantages
  • Find out if standardized equipment still provides value for money, or does a differentiated product have the greater cost reduction potential?
  • See how innovations in the technology can make a dramatic difference to the overall cost per watt of the module
11:30 - 12:00 - Robert Rudd, Manager - Project Solutions, Sharp Solar
12:00 - 12:30 - Jordi Andreu, Associate Professor, University of Barcelona
Part II: From manufacturing to BOS
12:30 - 13:00 Turning to turnkey
  • Get to grips with the cost reduction potential for taking on standardised equipment – and make an informed decision for your business
  • Look at how turnkey manufacturing overcomes the problems in harmonising production
  • Understand the impact that turnkey lines can have on your company’s bankability

Chris O'Brien, Head of Market Development - North America, Oerlikon Solar

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:00 Gas and chemical innovations helping thin film head towards grid parity
  • Air Liquide explain how innovation and optimization from the material perspective can accelerate the drive towards grid parity for thin film
  • Understand how usage efficiency can drive down your cost per watt, and the part material innovation will play in enabling next generation thin film technologies such as triple junction

Mouloud Bakli, Director Solar Business Europe Middle East and Africa, Air Liquide

15:00 - 15:30 An integrator’s approach to competing using thin film
  • Belectric demonstrate why finding the right balance between system cost and performance is essential for meeting customer needs and winning projects
  • What are the installation best practices for thin film? Develop an effective strategy to make thin film a no-brainer for your customers
  • Find out what Belectric look for in a module to design a competitive system, and what role module manufacturers can play in cost reductions

Gina Binnard, Manager, Systems Performance, Belectric

15:30 - 16:00 BIPV - the look of things to come?
  • Hear the DOE talk in detail about their BIPV award, and the exclusive opportunity it presents
  • Understand the importance of BIPV in shaping the future for thin film as a niche that carries unlimited potential for the technology
  • Place the evolution of BIPV in the context of the development of PV, and see where you can put the right expertise to maximum use

Michael Cliggett, Technology Development Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30 Thin film’s backers – why we invested
  • Find out who is investing in thin film today, why they invested, and what they are looking for from manufacturers
  • Obtain a progress report on thin film’s bankability, and tips for securing that all-important finance
  • Get practical tips on building a fool-proof financial roadmap to make your thin film proposition an unmissable opportunity for investors

Moderator: Cory Steffek, Director, Corporate Development, First Solar
Candice Eggerss, Managing Director, Firelake Capital
Rachel Sheinbein, Partner, CMEA
Sven Strohband, Partner & CTO, Mohr Davidow               
Peter Nieh, Managing Director, Lightspeed VP

17:30 - 18:00 IFC and the art of investment
  • Learn how the IFC view thin film, and understand its place as an emerging technology
  • Understand where they have made their investments in thin film technology outside of the US, and the rationale behind their decisions
  • Hear if the ‘high risk’ argument still rings true as we head into 2012 – and crucially, what you can do to combat it

Joseph Hudgins, Principal Solar Specialist, Climate Business Group, IFC

18:00 End of day one - Networking drinks party
DAY TWO (December 2)
The International Markets Forum
Part I: Introduction
09:30 - 10:30 Introductory panel / Q&A
  • Starting with an introductory panel and live Q&A, hear global experts dissect the hottest geographical markets that promise thin film proliferation
  • Utilize the knowledge of the panelists to acquire the keys to get into any of the markets up for discussion
Moderator: Matt Carr, Global Events Director, PV Insider
Abe Tarapani, Vice President: Global Strategy, Business Development & Operations, Astonfield Renewables
Erik Mikysa, Head of Sales: USA/ROW, Abound Solar
Charles Pimentel, Sales Director, Solar Frontier
Ron Eller, President & CEO, Ascent Solar               
Rob DeLine, Vice President of Marketing, MiaSolé
Thomas Koerner, General Manager North America / Head of Product Marketing & WW Marketing, Astronergy Solar
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
Part II: Discussion
11:00 - 12:45 Round-table discussions
  • Seize a unique opportunity to talk face-to-face about a specific geographical market, with a specialist with ‘in-the-field’ experience
  • Format - 3 rounds of 30 minute discussions on the markets listed below. Each table host is noted
ASIA – a broader outlook
  • Take a wider look at the Asian market and see how the market’s unquestionable potential is shaping up
  • Learn why the industry is now excited about India, and what are the opportunities there
  • Off-grid solutions – get the facts on the advantages and pitfalls of this new prospect for thin film technology
  • With the help of our qualified experts, get a definitive answer to the question: Can thin film carve out a niche in India above all over solar technologies?
  • Ascent Solar have been taking strides in the East Asian thin film markets – identify methods to follow in their footsteps
Ron Eller, President & CEO, Ascent Solar
Abe Tarapani, Vice President: Global Strategy, Business Development & Operations, Astonfield Renewables
Erik Mikysa, Head of Sales: USA/ROW,
Abound Solar
USA – land of opportunity
  • See how the US market has progressed, and the massive opportunity now available
  • Understand how far can thin film costs drop in the US, and use this potential to get the edge on c-Si

Charles Pimentel, Sales Director, Solar Frontier
Jean-Noel Poirier, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Global Solar
Thomas Koerner, General Manager North America / Head of Product Marketing & WW Marketing, Astronergy Solar

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
Part III: Conclusion
14:00 - 14:30 Thin Film 2011-2012: Win the technology race or differentiate your product
  • Following the roundtable analysis of the hottest markets today, hear EuPD Research explain how thin film is evolving as we head into 2012
  • Arm yourself with the latest trends, along with the key facts and figures in order to prepare for thin film’s exciting future

Daniela Schreiber, Director, EuPD Research

14:30 - 15:30 The future for rooftop applications
  • Find out how the rooftop market is progressing for thin film, and the advantages it holds for you
  • Is BIPV finally ready to carve out its PV niche?  Find out what the key issues are from the perspectives of finance, installation and aesthetics
  • Includes an introduction by Steve Heckeroth, former Director of BIPV at Uni-Solar

Moderator: Steve Heckeroth, BIPV Expert
Jean-Noel Poirier, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Global Solar
Boris von Bormann, Director of Sales, Soltecture
Aaron Thurlow, Vice President of Global Sales, Stion

15:30 - 16:00 Record breaking solar cells
  • See the progress of a groundbreaking research partnership between Sandia and UTEP, as they aim to develop ZnxCd(1-x)Te graded bandgap nanoarrays
  • With the main premise of the technology to create a template that reduces the number of crystalline defects and enable higher Voc in CdTe based solar cells, appreciate the opportunity this will bring to the thin film industry
Dr. Jose Luis Cruz-Campa, Postdoctoral Appointee, Sandia National Laboratories
Dr. David Zubia, Associate Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
16:00 End of day two

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Air Liquide Air Products Oerlikon Solar
First Solar Sharp Solar Solar Frontier Würth Solar DoE
Q Cells MiaSolé Astronergy Masdar PV Ascent Solar
Calyxo Abound Solar Global Solar Soltecture University of Barcelona
Nanosolar Astonfield Renewables Sandia National Laboratories University of Texas at El Paso Navigant Consulting
Belectric IFC CMEA Firelake Capital Mohr Davidow
  Lightspeed VP EuPD SolarVision Consulting