Welcome to NEXTGEN 2019, the 4th Nanotechnology and Next Generation High Efficiency Photovoltaics International School & Workshop, 1-4th October 2019, Palma, Mallorca, Spain.
This year’s new edition of the event proudly builds on the previous very successful NEXTGEN NANO PV International Schools and Workshops held in Corsica (France) in 2013, in Menorca (Spain) in 2015, and finally in Mallorca (Spain) in 2017. For the 2019 edition, the emphasis will be on disruptive photovoltaic applications and the position and potential of traditional PV technologies in that context. The Workshop will review, analyse and highlight the latest developments in materials and device 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 one of the most suitable platforms 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 the industry toward innovative solutions for PV developed in the EU.
The first edition of NEXTGEN stemmed in 2013 thanks to the efforts of the Aix-Marseille University, supported by CNRS, France. The next edition of 2015 and 2017 were made possible by 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 has been successfully running since 2010 to firstly highlight the key enabling role of nanotechnology for PV. 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). Veering from its nanotechnology roots, the 2019 NEXTGEN focuses on recent progresses made toward innovative PV applications using traditional technologies, and aims at bringing insights to young researchers about the latest and most relevant pathways currently investigated in that regard, along with offering them in-depth perspectives on state-of-the-art device designs and characterisation techniques.
NEXTGEN is intended to contribute to this overall vision, to promote innovation in the field of PV by facilitating the transfer of disruptive 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 2019 edition is thankful to projects STARCELL (NMBP (industrial technologies) programme), and InfiniteCell.