Announcement: The NGSE6 will take place in 2021 in a hybrid format in cooperation with NREL

Next Generation Solar Energy (NGSE) is an international conference series organized by the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies (HI ERN) in collaboration with other international institutions. It consists of an annual conference organized in December as well as a PhD-Postdoc series organized twice a month.
This year the conference (NGSE6) will be held from 6th – 8th of December 2021 in close collaboration between the FAU, HI ERN, the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL), the Erlangen Graduate School of Excellence in Optical Technologies (SAOT) and the International Research Training Group “Energy Conversion Systems: From Materials to Devices” (IGK 2495).
NGSE6 will focus on the topic “Concepts to break the Detailed-Balance Limit in Photovoltaics”. Similar to the 2020 NGSE5 we plan a series of longer tutorials, as well as shorter impulse lectures on current results and trends, to examine concepts for going towards the thermodynamic limit in Photovoltaics.
The conference will be held “hybrid” – with both digital participation via video conferencing and with on-site presence. The audience will be connected digitally, the speakers are invited to Erlangen and Boulder, but can as well participate and present purely digital if Corona travel limitations are still limiting.
The conference offers an excellent opportunity to learn about latest developments and current projects in the field of photovoltaics and to exchange ideas and experiences with experts from around the world, particularly those which are in close collaboration with i-MEET, HI ERN and ZAE Bayern.
This year, NGSE6 expands to a Latin American context (NGSE-LatAm) by offering a special three-day program in Spanish language. To contribute to the educational mission, NGSE-LatAm will offer a solid tutorial program in the area of novel photovoltaic technologies in order to enhance, update and expand the academic training of a greater number of Latin and Hispanic students.
NGSE-LatAm is also an opportunity to make the scientific, technical and productive capabilities in Latin America visible, with an emphasis on the investigation and implementation of photovoltaic energy. The topics of the NGSE LatAm will be focused on (i) Organic PV & Perovskite PV (ii) nanostructured PV, (iii) next-generation PV, and (iv) Innovative Photovoltaic Applications. These topics will be presented in tutorials, plenary talks short lectures held by recognized experts.


Participation in the NGSE6 will be free of charge! The application process for participation will open in the fall.

Registration for the NGSE LatAm is open at:


No downloads for the NGSE6 are available yet, as we are still in the planning phase. However you can take a look at last year program:

NGSE5 Download Program





On October 27th, M. Futscher a Postdoc in Thin Films and Photovoltaics group at EMPA (Switzerland) will present his talk on :"Ion migration in halide perovskites: Opportunities and challenges."Abstract:Halide perovskites have proven to be a promising candidate for high-efficiency solar cells, light...

Due to some unfortunate events, Lorena Perdigón Toro will not be able to present her research tomorrow (Wednesday, October 13th). Hence, her talk has to be rescheduled to November 24th.To ensure the continuity of the series Jarla Thiesbrummel was kind enough to present earlier than planned. Jar...

On October 13th, L. Perdigón Toro a PhD student in Prof. D. Neher’s lab at the University of Potsdam Germany will present her talk on :"What have we learned so far from state-of-the-art organic solar cells?" Abstract:Organic solar cells (OSCs) have experienced renewed and rapidly growing interes...

The Series will start with a talk from Dr. Christian M. Wolff postdoc at the EPFL - PVLAB in Switzerland. Dr. Wolff will present his work on "Light management in perovskite single- and multi-junction solar cells".Abstract:As perovskites have improved in both efficiency and stability through composi...

Osbel Almora Rodriguez introduces the concept of the "Emerging PV Initiative". The goal of the initiative is to compile a database of research cell performance data that is accessible, interactive and up-to-date. The database is supposed to reflect the status of development of new technologies by p...