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

The 6th International Conference on Next Generation Solar Energy (NGSE5) will be held from 6th – 8th of December 2021 in close collaboration between the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies (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).

The conference in 2021 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, ZAE Bayern and the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies.


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


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





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...

In the plenary Prof. McGehee reports on his progress in making metal halide perovskite solar cells stable. In his labs his group has been able to pass the industry standard ALT tests with Perovskites in a device architecture based on a layer stack of Perovskite/Fullerene/ALD SnO/Sputtered ITO. In h...

The first contribution in this session is from Maria Antonietta Loi, Professor of Photophysics and Optoelectronics at Groningen University with a talk on "Sn-based perovskites from hot electrons to device performances". Hot electrons are an intriguing idea for exceeding the Shockley-Queisser limit...

The fourth tutorial session at the NGSE4 was kicked off by Henri Snaith from the University of Oxford with a great introductory lecture. Prof. Snaith lectured on the basics and the development of Perovskite materials for PV-applications leading up to the design of Si/PSK-Tandem Solar cells, ending ...

The session ist started out by Prof. David Mitzi from Duke University with a detailed review of the Perovskite structure, its properties and means of manipulating them by changing the composition and manufacturing methods. With his detailed investigations Prof. Mitzi shows the amazing spectrum of p...