Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSOR

Adani Solar is the solar manufacturing arm of Adani Group a USD 11 bn Indian conglomerate, one of the India’s largest business houses with businesses spanning across Resources, Logistics, Energy, Agri and ancillary industries.

Adani Solar is India’s largest Solar PV Cell and Module manufacturer with 1.2 GW capacity at Mudra and fastest growing distributed generation & rooftop EPC, with over 400MW pipeline.

We are India’s first company to vertically integrate businesses that offers services across the spectrum of photovoltaics manufacturing. The Company offers high efficiency Multi, Mono PERC and Bifacial modules with superior efficiency, higher performance and enhanced reliability. We maintain the market leadership, as being the only manufacturer in India with IEC 2016 certification in all SKUs. We are accredited as Tier-1 supplier by BNEF and the only Indian manufacturer to be awarded Top Performer by DNV-GL PVEL Global reliability Testing.

GOLD SPONSORS

Huawei is a leading global ICT and network energy solution provider, with an established presence in solar markets worldwide. Huawei Solar provides new generation string inverters with smart management technology to create a fully digitalised Smart PV Solution called FusionSolar®. FusionSolar® is smart, safe, reliable and consistently delivers higher yields, making Huawei the preferred choice for customers globally. 80,000 of Huawei’s 180,000 employees work in R&D and during the past decade over US$45 billion has been invested in product innovations, always driven by customer needs.

Jinneng Clean Energy Technology Limited ( known as “Jinergy”) was established on Dec. 31st, 2013 under Jinneng Group’s clean energy sector, and is committed to becoming a leading PV manufacturer and clean energy supplier in the global market. Three generations of Jinergy’s products, High Efficiency Poly Module, PERC Mono Module and Super High Efficiency Heterojunction Module, protect customer’s long-term ROI through continuous improving efficiency and quality.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 9.0 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 5.0 GW for solar cells, and 9.0 GW for solar modules, as of June 30th , 2018. JinkoSolar has over 12,000 employees across its 8 productions facilities globally, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia,  and United Arab Emirates, and global sales teams in United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.

LONGi Solar is a world leading manufacturer of high-efficiency mono-crystalline solar cells and modules. The Company is wholly owned by the LONGi Group. The LONGi Group(SH601012) is the largest supplier of mono-crystalline silicon wafers in the world, with total assets of over $1.7billion (2016). Armed and powered by advanced technology and the long standing experience of the LONGi Group in the field of mono-crystalline silicon, LONGI Solar has shipped over 1GW of products in 2015 and is estimated to double revenue by the end of 2016. The company has its headquarters in Xi’an and branches in Japan, Europe, North America, India and Malaysia. With a strong focus on R&D, production and sales & marketing of mono-crystalline silicon products, LONGi Solar is committed to providing the best LCOE solutions as well as to promoting the worldwide adoption of mono-crystalline technology.

Risen Energy Co., Ltd was founded in 1986, which located in East Coast Ninghai, Zhejiang province, and its area is 50 acres. The registered capital is 904,616,941 RMB and Risen Energy successfully launched IPO in Shenzhen Stock Exchange Market on Sep. 2nd, 2010, Stock code: 300118.
Risen Energy is a hi-tech enterprise which is engaged in R&D, production, sales and service of solar modules, products of photovoltaic technology, solar terminal application and integration. Now the annual capacity of solar cells and module manufacturing is 4.5GW and Risen Energy enters into top ten of modules industry in April, 2015. There is a standard level PV laboratory, which is independent and received CNAS certification. Not only it can meet the demands of testing products from Risen, but also it can provide the service for others. Risen insists on the mission of improving the energy structure by innovation of technology and improving the quality of human life.

SILVER SPONSORS

DuPont PV materials deliver proven performance, efficiency and lasting value. When Materials Matter™, you innovate continuously and field-test relentlessly to fulfill the need for new energy solutions. For over 40 years our innovations in PV materials have led the photovoltaics industry forward. Today our portfolio of solutions is more than just state-of-the-art—our emphasis on proven power and lasting value means they can also help you achieve higher lifetime returns on your investments. Whether you seek the leading-edge efficiency of our DuPont™ Solamet® metallization pastes, or the field-proven performance of our DuPont™ Tedlar® PVF films for your backsheets, our PV materials can help you meet the world’s growing demand for dependable renewable energy more effectively.

Meyer Burger is at the forefront of the photovoltaic market and has established itself as an international premium brand by offering superior precision products and innovative technologies along the photovoltaic value chain including manufacturing processes for wafers, solar cells, solar modules and solar systems. The company’s comprehensive product portfolio is complemented by a worldwide service network with spare parts, consumables, process know-how, customer support, after-sales services, training and other services. The registered shares of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (Ticker: MBTN).

Vikram Solar Limited (formerly known as Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd.) is a globally recognized leading solar energy solutions provider, specializing in high efficiency PV module manufacturing and comprehensive EPC solutions. With an international presence across 6 continents, we are an active contributor in shaping the solar revolution.

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Mondragon Assembly is an internationally recognized producer of equipment for the manufacture of solar panels. We design and provide turnkey production lines and machinery for photovoltaic systems. We have been providing innovative manufacturing technology for more than fifteen years. Mondragon Assembly provide their clients with solutions and services throughout the entire value chain Turnkey solar automation solutions with a capacity of between 15MW and 200MW per year. Automatic and/or semi-automatic machinery: Tabber&Stringer + Layup, Interconnections, Cell Tester&Sorter, Laminators, Framing and machinery for Testing Photovoltaic Modules. Design, specifications and sale of raw materials and consumables, development and certification of modules. Training and know-how transfer. Personalized solutions: Mondragon Assembly’s engineering team offers their experience to help you develop your project.

STS is a French independent inspection body active in the PV industry and trusted by most of the leading project developers and EPCs worldwide. With our team of experts and engineers, we help our clients establish robust quality plans that fit their business situation, understand suppliers technical capability and approve PV modules quality during production. Following accredited inspection methods, we act as the trusted quality arm of modules buyers. STS leads the sector thanks to unique solutions we have developed to cope with the industry’s practical challenges, such as STS Standard for Approval of PV Modules Manufacturing and Dispatch (STS-STD-PVM1).

Results on the field have demonstrated our team’s ability to ensure product reliability and performance. STS is today the largest inspection body in the PV modules sector with more than 4% of the global PV modules manufacturing (2017) under monitoring by our 50+ full-time engineers.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

BRIDGE TO INDIA was founded in 2008 with the objective of bringing international renewable technology and business expertise to India. We have grown significantly since then to become a leading consulting and knowledge services provider in the Indian renewable market. We have worked on a number of strategy consulting, financial and policy advisory assignments for leading India and international clients. We also produce regular market leading research and maintain extensive databases covering government policy and regulations, tenders, auction results, project information, equipment prices and financial deals.

The photovoltaic solar platform’s mission is to contribute to the development of the solar industry in France. And, with more than 200 employees from CEA and 100 industrial partners from SMEs to corporations, the platform is one of Europe’s largest PV R&D facilities.

The platform’s PV R&D focuses on materials, with particular attention given to developing high performance, competitively-priced silicon; PV cell technology and yield enhancement; and solar modules and optimization. Applied research takes place at experimental PV facilities and at reduced-scale and life-sized solar power plants.

  • 200 researchers and technicians
  • Heterojunction LabFab, materials platform, PV module platform, CPV platform, organic PV platform, and outdoor experimentation platform
  • 15000 m2 of facilities
  • 100M€ of investment

As the national investment promotion and facilitation agency, Invest India focuses on sector-specific investor targeting and development of new partnerships to enable sustainable investments in India. In addition to a core team that focuses on sustainable investments, Invest India also partners with substantial investment promotion agencies and multilateral organizations. Invest India also actively works with several Indian states to build capacity as well as bring in global best practices in investment targeting, promotion and facilitation areas.

Invest India, set up in 2009, is a non-profit venture under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

The National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE) at IIT Bombay was launched in 2010 with funding from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of the Government of India. The 5-year Phase I of NCPRE lasted from 2010 to 2015. Phase II started in 2016, and funding has now been extended till 2021.

The broad objectives of NCPRE are to provide R&D and education support for India’s ambitious 100 GW solar mission. NCPRE has 39 faculty members and over 120 research staff across 8 Departments at IIT Bombay working on various aspects of PV. Excellent laboratory facilities have been set up which are accessible to all NCPRE researchers. NCPRE conducts periodic short-term courses about the latest developments in the field of photovoltaics, for working engineers in industry as well as faculty and students from academic institutions.

The Centre is involved in both basic and applied research activities. These research activities include silicon solar cell fabrication and characterization, new materials for PV devices, energy storage and batteries for PV, development of power electronic interfaces for solar PV systems, and module characterization and reliability.

NCPRE has a strong programme of industry outreach. It has a successful Industry Affiliate Program (IAP), and undertakes projects and consultancy in its areas of expertise. It also provides services for characterization and measurement where available. NCPRE also explores the technology basis of solar energy policy, and brings out relevant reports in this area.

NCPRE is headed by Principal Investigators (PIs) Prof. Baylon G. Fernandes and Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki, and co-PIs Prof. Sagar Mitra and Prof. Anil Kottantharayil.

National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) is an umbrella organization of all solar energy stakeholders of India. This apex solar organization works in the area of policy advocacy and is a National Platform for addressing all issues connected with solar energy growth in India. It consists of leading international, National and regional companies and includes Solar Developers, Manufacturers, EPC Contractors, Rooftop Installers, System integrators, and Balance of Plant suppliers and manufacturers, Small and Medium Enterprises and works in a complimentary manner with the Central and State Governments for achieving India’s national solar target of 100 GW by 2022.

“Solar Energy Corporation of India ltd” (SECI) is a CPSU under the administrative control of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), set up on 20th Sept, 2011 to facilitate the implementation of JNNSM and achievement of targets set therein. It is the only CPSU dedicated to the solar energy sector. It was originally incorporated as a section-25 (not for profit) company under the Companies Act, 1956.
However, through a Government of India decision, the company has recently been converted into a Section-3 company under the Companies Act, 2013. The mandate of the company has also been broadened to cover the entire renewable energy domain.
In the present outlook of the RE sector, especially solar energy, SECI has a major role to play in the sector’s development. The company is responsible for implementation of a number of schemes of MNRE, major ones being the VGF schemes for large-scale grid-connected projects under JNNSM, solar park scheme and grid-connected solar rooftop scheme, alongwith a host of other specialised schemes such as defence scheme, canal-top scheme, Indo-Pak border scheme etc. In addition, SECI has ventured into solar project development on turnkey basis for several PSUs. The company also has a power trading license and is active in this domain through trading of solar power from projects set up under the schemes being implemented by it.

Scientia Professor Martin Green started photovoltaic research at UNSW in 1974. Since this time UNSW has continued to be the world leader in photovoltaic research, holding the world record for the highest efficiency silicon solar cell for over three decades. Other world records include a 34.5% efficient one-Sun PV module, a 12.1% efficient large area perovskite solar cell, and a 10.9% efficient CZTS solar cell, all of which were achieved in 2016 or 2017. UNSW has world class research laboratories for early technology readiness level (TRL) research, complemented by a state of the art, on campus industrial R&D pilot line for silicon wafer solar cells focused on commercialising our technologies.

More detail about all our research activities can be found below.

Our school is working on various technologies to further improve the energy conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells. A large part of this work is done at our solar industrial research facility (SIRF) and often done in close collaboration with the photovoltaic industry.

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