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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology already plays an important role as a solution for the increasing global energy demand (projected as high as 36.5 Trillion kWh by 2040 – International Energy Outlook, 2016). Markets for PV are expected to grow from ca. 100 GWp today to 300 GWp -800 GWp by 2030. It is expected that significant shares of these markets will be supplied by novel PV-technologies. It is therefore fundamentally important to combine environmentally friendly base materials with higher conversion efficiencies at the lowest possible cost in their production.

In recent years organic photovoltaics and perovskite based photovoltaics have made amazing progress. Despite this it will be a global effort to make these technologies market ready. For the 4th international conference “Next Generation Solar Energy (NGSE-2019)” in Nuremberg, the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for renewable Energies (HI ERN), the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern) and the South China University of Technology (SCUT) have teamed up  to gather globally recognized experts of the PV field, coming from academia and industry, in order to discuss novel research, concepts and developments in photovoltaics. Additionally analyzing what advantages, the current trends in relation to different materials, namely perovskites, organic materials, light-absorbing dyes, quantum dots and tandem / multi-junction solar cells offer.

The NGSE4 in Nuremberg will follow a format over three full days, with plenary sessions for invited speakers, contributed talks and a small exhibition. It is the aim of this congress to connect at an early stage, world-class science and business in the area of next generation solar energy, in order to further support its technological and commercial development. The NGSE4 offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments and current projects in this field, and to exchange ideas and experiences with experts from around the world.