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Chairperson's Message

Giso Hahn, Chairman SiliconPV 2015

Dear Friends of Silicon Photovoltaics,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 5th SiliconPV conference, taking place on March 23-25, 2015 in Constance. The conference covers a variety of exciting topics around crystalline silicon for photovoltaic application, which is still the leading technology for solar electricity generation.

When the conference series was started five years ago, there was a need for a conference covering research on high class level and allowing for a close interaction of researchers, covering all areas of possible contributions in form of orals, poster presentations or face-to-face discussions. And we think that this is still true in 2015. In contrast to many other conferences, SiliconPV has the motto 'from scientists for scientists', and will provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and ideas in an atmosphere allowing both presentation of top class, cutting-edge research results and open-minded, discussion oriented exchange of ideas. We intentionally avoid parallel sessions to allow everybody to attend all presentations in the three day event. The blind review process of abstracts assures that quality is the main criterion for selection of contributions, and all scientific presentations are published in either Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells or Energy Procedia and are fully citable.

Silicon photovoltaics is sometimes believed to be an ‘old lady’, with the first proper crystalline silicon solar cell presented already 60 years ago. But the dynamics in this field of research is huge, with many excellent results being published in the recent past from both research institutions as well as industry. This is true for very applied research with high industrial relevance for current wafer, solar cell and module production, as well as for fundamental issues allowing for a better understanding of the underlying physics and operation principles. All of these topics are covered in the conference and will be addressed by international researchers.

The conference will take place in Constance (78.000 inhabitants), in the very southern part of Germany, bordering Switzerland (70 km from Zurich). Beautifully located close to the Alps at the Lake Constance and close to the Black Forest, the town has a long history, with one of the most famous events taking place exactly 600 years ago: the Council of Constance (1414-1418). The conference will take place in the original historic building where this event was held, the Council, immediately at the lake. The conference will be hosted by the University of Konstanz, which has a long history in photovoltaic research activities, with the origins dating back to the mid 1970s.

I am convinced that you will enjoy the atmosphere of the conference and the location and cordially invite you for taking part in the 5th SiliconPV 2015.

Giso Hahn
Chairman SiliconPV 2015

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