The IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) is proud to host the 46th PVSC June 16-21, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago, Illinois.

We live at a special time when solar electricity has become cost competitive with conventional electricity in many locations, enabling remarkable growth of the industry. In 2017, solar was the biggest contributor to net expansion of electricity generating capacity (see figure to right). The 46th IEEE PVSC will help sustain that momentum with ~ 1000 papers from around the world, reflecting today’s dynamic and expanding markets. Chicago has direct flights to more than 50 international locations, enabling easy participation from around the world.

The PVSCs have a rich tradition of bringing together students, innovators, researchers and PV leaders in a vibrant and highly integrative forum to share information, gain knowledge, strengthen collaborations and move forward photovoltaic science and technology from basic and applied research into large scale manufacturing and deployments. This year’s technical program encompasses 12 abstract submission areas that cover the entire spectrum of technical activities in photovoltaic science and engineering and is expected to provide a unique opportunity to share and discuss the latest PV-related developments from around the world. In addition to an exceptional Technical Program, the 46th PVSC will include an exciting Tutorial Program, taught by world’s leading PV specialists, and a High School Solar Projects competition, giving PV researchers the opportunity to interact with the next generation of researchers.

The conference Exhibition will showcase the latest developments in PV characterization and manufacturing equipment, and is set to further enhance attendee awareness on latest tools and instrumentation as well as to facilitate exchange between scientists, technical experts and exhibitors.

Don’t miss out on the opportunities offered by the conference social gatherings and networking events to get to know better your colleagues, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The Conference Banquet on Thursday evening will be held at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, featuring interactive exhibits that include simulation of storms and waves, whispering gallery, and many, many opportunities to stimulate young and old.

On behalf of the 46th IEEE PVSC Conference Committee and the Cherry Committee, I look forward to welcoming you to the 46th PVSC in Chicago!

Sarah Kurtz
Sarah Kurtz
46th IEEE PVSC Conference Chair

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