PV CellTech Conference USA
Days
Hours
Minutes

Agenda

09:00
 - 09:10
PDT

Introduction from the Conference Chair

Speakers

Finlay-Colville

Finlay Colville

Head of Market Research
PV-Tech
09:10
 - 09:30
PDT
Presentation

Manufacturing & technology in the PV industry in the Terawatt annual production era

Conference Chair and PV Tech’s Head of Research, Finlay Colville, will outline the key issues today impacting global PV manufacturing & technology, with his views on how the industry is likely to proceed in the coming years. The talk will address the key metrics driving profitable PV manufacturing, looking at how efforts to create a globally diversified footprint are evolving.

Speakers

Finlay-Colville

Finlay Colville

Head of Market Research
PV-Tech
09:30
 - 10:10
PDT
Presentations

Creating a robust policy framework to nurture domestic-made PV products in the U.S.

The opening session will provide a comprehensive update on the domestic drivers in place today to help stimulate new investments into U.S. PV manufacturing, including production-based incentives, end-market demand and corporate traceability buying trends. Hear from policymakers, leading decision-makers influencing domestic manufacturing, and other key stakeholders.

Speakers

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Markus Beck

Program Manager, Manufacturing & Competitiveness
Solar Energy Technologies Office U.S. Department of Energy
10:10
 - 11:10
PDT
Presentations

Delivering a sustainable manufacturing eco-system in the U.S. for PV manufacturing

Recently, there has been a plethora of announcements – from a diverse range of stakeholders across the entire materials and equipment value-chains for silicon and thin-film technologies – to set up new U.S. capacity. This session will focus on key companies that are driving vertically-integrated in-house eco-systems in the U.S. and why having control over each of these stages is key to setting up long-term sustainable production.

Speakers

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Michael Parr

Executive Director
Ultra Low Carbon Solar Alliance
11:10
 - 11:40
PDT
Networking

Coffee Break

11:40
 - 13:00
PDT
Panel Discussion, Presentation

The Legal framework underpinning domestic US PV manufacturing

While new domestic PV manufacturing in the U.S. is being driven by a combination of domestic manufacturing and deployment incentives, the rate at which new capacity is being installed through the value-chain (from modules back to wafers) is being controlled also by the flow of wafers, cells and modules into the U.S. that are not subject to excessive import duties. At the heart of each of these issues is a legal framework of policies introduced – or under consideration – by U.S. government departments. This session will offer an invaluable guide to understanding what this landscape looks like today, what the implications are for domestic wafer and cell capacity to be fast-tracked in 2025/2026, and how policy may evolve in coming years to adapt to a changing domestic supply eco-system.

Speakers

John-Smirnow

John Smirnow

Principle
Smirnow Law
13:00
 - 14:00
PDT
Networking

Networking Lunch

14:00
 - 15:40
PDT
Presentations

Current state-of-the-art global PV cell technology & trends

The global PV sector is on track to produce about 750 GW of cells and modules during 2024. This section will review cell technology in the global PV sector, including n-type architecture selection, mass production efficiency levels and what is likely to be next-after-TOPCon. This session will provide an invaluable opportunity to benchmark current and future U.S. based manufacturing set-ups and technology roadmap plans.

Speakers

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Sebastian Gatz

Vice President Photovoltaics
Von Ardenne
14:00
 - 15:00
PDT
Presentations

How does the U.S. choose the best PV technology, ramp-up cutting-edge production lines, & become a technology-leader by 2030?

The initial phase of new PV manufacturing capacity in the U.S. has mostly involved First Solar adding new thin-film fabs and silicon-based manufacturers setting up module lines using cells using Chinese developed technologies, produced in Southeast Asia. For the U.S. to become a technology-leader by 2030, silicon-based technology differentiation is needed alongside a new solar fab-operations ‘mentality’ that has not existed in the U.S. in the past. This session will look at some of the technologies that could offer U.S. differentiation going forward, consider the eco-system in place today in the U.S. to foster technology-transfer and pilot-line process knowledge from lab-to-fab, and discuss how new PV fabs fit can benefit from the growing trend for ‘onshoring’ key technologies in the U.S. in general.

Speakers

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Mark Hagedorn

Vice President of Manufacturing Services
Clean Energy Associates
ASU Now - Mariana Bertoni and DEfECT lab

Mariana Bertoni

Fulton Energy &  Materials Professor
Arizona State University
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Massimo Centazzo

Managing Director
EnPV
15:40
 - 16:00
PDT
Networking

Coffee Break

16:00
 - 17:30
PDT
Presentations

New U.S. module capacity ramped up to mass production in 2024

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has been instrumental in creating a host of new module fabs in the U.S. during 2024, with many more planned to go into mass production in 2025. This session will hear from some of the first movers in this space, understanding the scale of new capacity ramped this year, the technologies selected, and module availability for utility-scale projects in coming years.

Speakers

Alex Chen ELiTE

Alex Chen

General Manager
EliTe Solar
Jim PV Tech

Jim Wood

CEO
SEG Solar