Puertollano, Spanien  /  16.4.2018  -  18.4.2018


14th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaics

The 14th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV-14) is the premier technical conference in the areas of high- and low-concentration PV components, modules, and tracker-based PV systems. The conference brings together students, academics, technologists, and financiers to engage in discussion of state-of-the-art CPV components, trackers, and installations.

In the last decades, Concentrator Photovoltaic technology has demonstrated its ability to be a “short cut” to market for new achievements or breakthroughs in the development of high efficiency solar cells, and CPV holds the records for the highest efficiencies ever achieved by any solar technology at the cell, module, and system levels. Field experiences not only show outstanding high performances, but also that CPV technology is highly reliable and comparable to standard PV. For the third time in its history, the CPV conference will be held in Spain, this time in the heart of Castilla La Mancha, a landscape known worldwide as the backdrop for Cervante’s Don Quixote de la Mancha. Today, La Mancha and particularly the city of Puertollano, one of the most important industrial cities of the area, is an example of transition from an economy highly dependent on fossil fuels to a land of opportunities for renewable energies. Puertollano’s economy was based on coal mining until the 40’s when a petrol refinery was established in the city. In the 90’s the city started a new phase focused on attracting the renewable industry and promoting research centers focused on solar photovoltaics, biofuels and hydrogen and becoming a reference in technology and research linked to new and green energy technologies. Curiously, the palace of congress La Central was an old thermoelectric plant, built in 1917 and recently reconverted for use as a conference center.

The Institute for Concentration Photovoltaics Systems (ISFOC) is one of those research centers established at Puertollano, as a result of a R&D plan developed by the Institute of Solar Energy (IES-UPM) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and promoted jointly by the Governments of Castilla La Mancha and Spain. ISFOC owns a 800 kW CPV power plant with different CPV technologies working since 2008, a success story and an important milestone in promoting the industrialization of CPV, and today a reference for demonstrating to the world the performance and reliability of the technology.