Freiburg, April 25th, 2016
CPV-12, the international conference that supported by the CPV Consortium, which has become the yearly meeting point for all researchers contributing to the advancement of CPV technology, was held this time in Freiburg am Breisgau. This beautiful German town in Baden-Württemberg acknowledged as the capital of the Black Forest and the sunniest and warmest in Germany, hosts the headquarters of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy, traditionally very active in CPV research and development that organized the event on this occasion.
The conference was held at the beautiful 16th century building of the Historisches Kaufhaus, in the Main Market Square just by the impressive gothic Freiburger Münster.
The event counted this year with 250 attendees from 26 countries, mostly researchers but also company executives and businesspersons wanting to know more about the possibilities and potential of CPV.
BSQ Solar was one of the three sponsors of the conference along with the German multi-junction cell maker Azur Space, and the Japanese trading company Sumitomo Electric, and displayed a booth where it showed its products and explained its technology.
Dr. Ignacio Luque Heredia provided a presentation on BSQ Solar during the Sponsors Session.
Probably the technical presentations that raised the highest interest were those related to the new high-efficiency cell architectures (wafer bonded, lattice matched dilute nitride and inverted metamorphic) that hold the promise to break the 50% conversion efficiency barrier in the near term and boost the competitiveness of CPV even at low volumes.
At the end of the conference, it was announced that CPV-13 will be held in May 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. BSQ Solar is looking forward to being there again as an active member of the CPV community.