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Chairperson's Message

Dr. Karin Hinzer, Chair of CPV-13, University of Ottawa

The 12th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems, held in April 2016 in Freiburg, Germany, gathered scientists, engineers and policy makers to discuss the progress in the technology, market and financing aspects of CPV.  A record value for module efficiencies higher than 43% was presented. Field experiences showed that the technology is highly reliable and excellent performances have been reported.

I am honoured to have been chosen as chair of CPV-13, which will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, from May 1 to 3, 2017.  The Canadian capital of photonics, Ottawa is a hub for innovation and technology within a province dedicated to mitigating climate change. As the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation, closing its last coal plant in April 2014, the province of Ontario has shown its dedication to clean energy production by implementing a Feed-in Tariff program in 2009.  Since the program’s inception, we have seen solar systems pop up everywhere in Ontario, from rooftops to large solar farms. During the first two years of the program, over 4,600 MW of clean energy systems were installed by more than 12,000 participants including families, farmers, community groups and small businesses.  The number of new installations has been growing steadily since then.  The program has also been attracting new investments in clean energy, creating new jobs along the way. 

The first Canadian large-scale deployment of CPV was recently announced by Ontario company Morgan Solar and its partner Enbridge.  This 10 MW installation will be in the Canadian prairies in southern Alberta, an area with very high direct normal incidence.

As director of the SUNLAB, I am proud to be a part of the Centre for Research in Photonics at the University of Ottawa.  A world leader in photonics, the University provides a rigorous training ground for the next generation of photonics scientists and engineers.  Programs in the Faculty of Engineering have a focus on entrepreneurship which has led us to support a number of start-ups in the fields of PV and CPV.

The important dates for the conference have been set:

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 14, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: January 25, 2017
  • Start of online registration: February 13, 2017
  • End of early bird discount: March 17, 2017
  • Deadline of full paper upload: April 27, 2017

More information will be provided via the newsletter and on this webpage. I am looking forward to welcoming you in Ottawa in May 2017.

CPV-13 will provide updated information on technological component level, the technological progress in the field of high-concentration and low-concentration systems, reliability and industrial challenges, trackers, market issues as well as investor and finance aspects. With CPV maturing, this is the conference you should attend in order to get the latest information in the field, make contacts and do business. 

So mark your calendar for CPV-13 in Ottawa, Canada, from May 1 to 3, 2017.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Karin Hinzer
Chair of CPV-13
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
May 2016

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