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Invitation to GOPV conference in China

May 23, 2011

The sun is a virtually inexhaustible source of energy and certainly part of the answer to the big challenge in supplying the world's population with sustainable energy in the future. Mankind has, however, not yet succeeded in utilizing solar energy efficiently and today it makes only a limited contribution to our total energy consumption.

Existing solar cells based on crystalline silicon have been around for more than 50 years, and in practice the technology offers efficiencies of up to 15-20%, but at a pretty high price. It has taken decades to slowly bring the price down. A clear goal is < 1 € per watt, a goal which for crystalline silicon based solar cells is still a long way ahead of us.

But there is also the possibility to think of completely new types of solar cells. Solar cells that fundamentally break with the costly manufacturing methods connected with traditional solar cells.

The focus of GOPV will be on the enormous potential that lies in developing new and cheaper types of solar cells based on alternative organic photosensitive materials. The latest knowledge and findings will be presented in a packed program.

There are currently over 50 international speakers confirmed, mainly from the academic world, but there are also participants from the budding industry of organic photovoltaic. The conference provides a unique opportunity to meet a number of the world leading researchers in organic solar cells.
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Danish-Chinese Centre

The basis for the conference stems from the creation of the Danish-Chinese Centre for Organic-based photovoltaic cells with morphology control, which is collaboration between some of the most prestigious Chinese research laboratories: Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and CAS Institute in Beijing, and the two Danish research institutions: Risø DTU and Aalborg University. The Center is supported by the Danish National Research Foundation and the Natural Science Foundation of China.

The center will help to bridge the gap between solar cell research in China and in Denmark, and together poses the experience and equipment to ensure the Centre a place in the international solar cell world. The first annual symposium for the centre this year was converted to the GOPV conference.

Risoe National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, the Technical University of Denmark

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