Welcome to NEXTGEN 2017, the 3rd Nanotechnology and Next Generation High Efficiency Photovoltaics International School & Workshop, 12-15th September 2017, Palma, Mallorca, Spain.
This year's edition of the event proudly builds on the previous very successful NEXTGEN NANO PV International Schools and Workshops held in Corsica (France) in 2013 and in Menorca (Spain) in 2015. The 2017 edition will review the latest state-of-the-art and the exciting challenge of the use of nanotechnology to develop advanced photovoltaic technologies for the development of cost-efficient and sustainable PV. The Workshop will analyse and highlight the potential of new nanotechnology, materials and devices concepts for successful industrial implementation of new competitive PV technologies. At the same time, and unique in Europe since 2013, the International School will provide the most suitable platform for an efficient sharing of experience and visions between young researchers and internationally recognised high-level experts from different academic, research and industrial environment. Fostering this interaction, the School will have again a key role to contribute to bridge the gap between laboratory and market for innovative nanotechnology-based solutions for PV developed in the EU.
The first edition of NEXTGEN became a reality in 2013 thanks to the efforts of the Aix-Marseille University, supported by CNRS, France. The next edition of 2015 was possible thanks to the active involvement of the EU PV Cluster initiative, to which it is strongly linked and from which it gets its inspiration. This unique European initiative was planned and launched in 2010 by Dr Sophia Fantechi (European Commission) to put together EU-funded projects from several programmes, to join forces, create synergies and avoid duplication of work. It runs with success since 2010 to highlight the key enabling role of nanotechnology for PV, and to help in a bottom-up approach the nanotechnology and PV communities in Europe to consolidate joint collaborations for strategic industrial partnerships. The EU PV Cluster is actively contributing to NAMEC (Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials for Energy Cluster), since its launch in 2016 by Dr Fantechi. NAMEC looks at the common challenges across the different energy clusters and projects, including cross-cutting topics (materials engineering and upscaling, characterisation, modelling, standardisation, safety and pilot production lines).
NEXTGEN is intended to contribute to this overall vision, to promote nanotechnology based innovation by facilitating the transfer of good innovative ideas into industrial exploitation.
NEXTGEN is co-supported since 2013 by relevant European PV projects of the EU PV Cluster, under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
In particular, the 2017 edition is thankful to projects STARCELL (NMBP (industrial technologies) programme), LIFE-PHOSTER (LIFE program), SWIng and Sharc25 (LCE (energy) programme), and the NOVACOST project from SOLAR-ERA.NET.