Our co-President Eicke Weber share his thoughts on the history of German, and European, PV manufacturing and calls for a rapid revival of European cell production to break free from dependence on China in a recent interview with Dieter Düran. In the interview, Mr....
Press release: ESMC alerts the EU Member States not to lose the PV manufacturing opportunities in Europe
The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) along with the national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRP) are timely instrument to push the European Green Deal objectives forward. However, the RRPs presented by the Member States to the European Commission do not reflect...
European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) recently requested the European Commission for the comprehensive EU solar strategy to be prepared and stronger Photovoltaics (PV) manufacturing reflection in Recovery and Resilience Facility. This request has been made as a...
The European Photovoltaic (PV) Industry is suffering from a lack of strategic policy priorities. With an import dependency and thus large economic values being lost, the whole region would benefit from a renaissance of the European PV industry. By vigorously reversing...
ESMC is happy to announce that Žygimantas Vaičiūnas is joining the executive team as Executive Policy Advisor. Mr Vaičiūnas until recently (from December 2016 to December 2020) served as the Minister of Energy of Lithuania and before that as an EU Energy Attaché in...
The General Assembly has appointed Dr. Johan Lindahl as Interim Secretary General of ESMC, effective as of March 2021.
Latest news and updates on European solar PV manufacturing
AGC Glass Europe float glass technology provides a sustainable solution for a European solar value chain and enables the domestic manufacturing industry to meet the growing demand for solar energy power capacity.
The ESMC firmly condemns forced labour and human rights abuses.
ESMC Board position on the French solar manufacturing industry.
Says the little prince in 2nd chapter of the wonderful book by Saint Exupery. If you remember well this story and if you read it again, long time after we probably all had do read it in school you might be surprised how much it can teach us: The aviator that tries to draw a sheep and fails all the time in the eyes of the (young) Little Prince. The Little Prince, Greta, our children and grandchildren cannot be satisfied with the “Energy policy-sheep” that current politicians draw, mainly influenced by powerful lobby groups that like to maintain the status quo.
Watch it again! 1st Virtual edition of the Solar Industry Forum.
Highlight of the benefits of local solar manufacturing at the Renewable Energy Virtual Summit
ESMC Secretary General participated at the Eurosolar Europe Jury.
Push towards policies that efficiently support the European PV industry.
EU Parliament voted the proposed amendment on the 2030 objective (60% carbon emissions cut by 2030)
“Save the French solar industry!” Article by our ESMC board member Lucas Weiss, Voltec Solar (English translation)
Article by our member Voltec Solar on the French solar industry.
Video by Prof.Weber on the disruptive solar technologies at WSTS2020.
“If I am asked whether it is in my nature to worship the sun, I say: absolutely!”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in conversation with Johann Peter Eckermann, March 1832.
The current hype for “Green” Blue and other shades of Hydrogen via “natural gas” removes energy from the effort that we need to put into the massive deployment of the renewables, mainly Solar PV.
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The new Ultra Low Carbon Solar Alliance will work to build greater market awareness around how solar supply chain decarbonization is producing solar panels with low embodied carbon to help governments and companies meet aggressive sustainability goals.
Solar is predicted to be the number one electricity capacity in Europe, article by the IEA.
European Commission presented its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.
Some of you might know this fantastic Jazz song from 1932 performed by late Chet Baker:
Alone together, beyond the crowd
Above the world, we’re not too proud
To cling together, we’re strong
As long as we’re together
Although clear for a long time almost no European Government takes the appropriate action to tackle the challenges of our changing world. It does not help to meet and greet Greta and the world becomes a better place.
We need action to fight climate crisis but as well understand the effects on public health: An alarming report came from the European Environment Agency “Air pollution remains Europe’s top environmental threat to health, with more than 400 000 premature deaths driven by air pollution every year in the EU. Noise pollution comes second, contributing to 12 000 premature deaths.“ ‘The Green Deal on a sustainable future, strong action is needed… towards a more inclusive and sustainable Europe,’ said Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director.
The 4th edition of the Solar Industry Forum that took place this Wednesday 9th of September showed again the increased dynamism of European PV manufacturers.
Early September has seen an important number of high-level events pushing for more India-EU cooperation in Solar Energy.
Sleepwalking, side-stepping or frontrunning?
A part of the Bruegel Annual Meeting was VP Timmermans’ talk about the Green Deal, he’s in charge of. VP Timmermans gave a typical example of the lack of vision for Solar by the current statements of the EU-Commission officials.
CO2-concentration in the atmosphere reached a new high level: 410 to 414 ppm. If we want to keep the line for 1,5 degree for 2100 we need to reduce carbon emissions by 7 % – every year!
Is he the only one? Indien Prime Minister Modi, a Solar Visionary: Solar Power is sure, pure and secure
India and the visionary approach of Prime Minister Modi: towards Solar PV should inspire Europe.
In the latest ESMC discussions, included the Solar Industry Forum’s last session on 9th of September almost all panellists of the European Solar Renaissance Talk claimed easier access to finance.
The new module production line from Energyra was inaugurated in Zaandam, The Netherlands last Thursday, September 3rd 2020.
The recent tender in Portugal could raise eyebrows: with 0,01114 EUR/kWh, it has broken all barriers. But the most competitive PV installations in Europe cannot reach such a LCOE level.
In an initiative from the H2020 PV Impact project, Photowatt is giving access to their infrastructure to third parties for testing manufacturability of processes.
In the scope of the matchmaking events organised by PV Impact to foster collaboration on PV R&I projects, a project from AURINKA PV Group on PV modules repair and recycling won the prize of the best initiative during a specific session on Manufacturing Technologies.
Upcoming sessions, organized by ESMC together with ETIP-PV, SolarUnited and ETA-Florence Renewable Energies:
Wednesday 16 September, 2020
1990: “The share of solar energies in global energy provision can and must be increased quickly. This applies especially to developing countries which, within the framework of their agricultural and industrial development programmes, are faced with fundamental decisions on the choice of energy sources and carriers.
Wooden sculpture gift of a friend, Maja Schepelmann, later she wrote her PhD on Immanuel Kant and prepared a new edition of his work.
Over the century the sun always has influenced our creative spirits. The ESMC is publishing in every newsletter an image of the sun.
Famous philosopher Georg Hegel (1770-1831) said: “From the history of peoples we can learn that peoples have learned nothing from history.” But with this new ESMC-Newsletter part we at least can try…
Program and registration links available here.
Our friends from Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) continue their “virtual Energy Dialogue coming Tuesday, 25th August.
The H2020 PV Impact project is collecting data on all funded R&I projects that support the SET-Plan Implementation Plan on PV.
IPVF’s PV technology vision for 2030, published in Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications.
This prospective study established by ESMC member Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF) aims at describing the conditions that tandem cells and modules need to fulfil to successfully enter the market in 2030
The World Economic Forum suggests a recovery plan by a short video and key to bring down Coal Plant is – of course Solar PV!
Berlin Research Institute DIW published: “European Green Deal: Using Ambitious Climate Targets and Renewable Energy to Climb out of the Economic Crisis”
The EU Green Deal is a chance for Europe, if we take it seriously. “The emission reductions target must be increased from 40 percent to 65 percent compared to 1990 levels.
New paper from Agora Energiewende: “Recovering better” – More Solar and “European Solar Manufacturing” as an Industry Sector Flagship
Priorities are tripling the speed for creating new solar and wind energy and a “To meet Europe’s increased renewable energy targets it is essential to boost solar manufacturing capacity in the EU.
The IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit 9th July gathered more than 40 ministers with more than 500.000 people watching the event
Even Mr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of International Energy Agency IEA was overwhelmed by the number of participants: More than 500.000 people being online of the important event.
French module manufacturing company Voltec Solar, member of the ESMC, plans to join forces with another French module manufacturer, Systovi, to increase together their production capacity to 1 GW.
Meyer Burger on its way for its strategic transformation: New CEO Gunter Erfurt goes GW scale in Europe!
Following the announcement made in June about its strategy to transform itself from a PV equipment manufacturer to a European solar cell and module manufacturer, Meyer Burger has achieved several steps towards its objective during the last weeks.
The European PV industry continues to announce manufacturing expansion, coming from existing actors, as well as newcomers, some promising projects have been on display for the Solar Manufacturing Accelerator (SoMA), early July
During the Solar Manufacturing Accelerator event, co-hosted by ESMC, it became obvious what element is missing to support the RENAISSANCE of European Solar Industry: easy access to cheap capital. Let us get inspired by the wise and future driven Chinese government...
“A proposal for a pan-European solar rooftop programme has been adopted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
On July 23rd, the European Commission published its decision to maintain the anti-subsidy countervailing duties on imports of solar glass from China.
On July 8th, the European Commission published its strategic roadmap setting out the vision of how EU can turn clean hydrogen into a cost-competitive solution to decarbonise its economy.
ESMC Co-chair Eicke Weber together with ESMC Secretary General Andre Langwost met BDEW CEO Kerstin Andreae and team. BDEW is clearly in favour of a higher use of Solar PV, more detailed publications are to come!
Co-organised by the ESMC, SolarUnited, Becquerel Institute, ETIP-PV and ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, this event continues to be the meeting point for all industry stakeholders to exchange cutting edge information and raise their knowledge about the future of the manufacturing industry in the solar PV sector.
Dear friends of European Solar Manufacturing!
In troubling times, with worries about the health and jobs for a lot of citizens we should do the maths. Back in 1992 the word of “It’s the Economy, stupid” became a key element of Bill Clinton’s campaign to win the American presidency. But there had been 2 more elements: “change against more of the same” and “don’t forget health care”. Health care and change need to be combined in our worries for our climate future, so René Cattin, friend of impressive Greta Thunberg, draw a cartoon crossing Economy and changing it against “planet”.
I guess we all agree that we need to make change, so that economy and the care for the planet need to go together. It’s upon us to harmonize both. Integrating externalities is the key, or like our slogan with Brussels based think-tank “Green Budget Europe” was: “Tax bads not goods”. Last year higher CO2 prices heavily pushed Coal electricity out of the European Grid. Even in the heartlands of Coal, Germany and Poland, it becomes more expensive to burn coal for electricity.
At ESMC we are very happy about the recent announcements to bring back large-scale European PV production to Europe. We congratulate Voltec-Solar, Systovi and Meyer Burger for their courage to move on towards the right direction. We need more of this entrepreneur-spirit!
This follows the joint initiative “Solar Manufacturing Accelerator” by SolarPower Europe, VDMA, ETIP-PV, IPVF and ESMC to push for more European production. More to come soon.
Please join us in September for our 7 Wednesday sessions of the Solar Industry Forum, hosted jointly by SOLARUNITED, Becquerel Institute, ETIP-PV, ETA-Florence Renewable Energies and ESMC.
Intersolar trade show will do a 2 days online event 14th and 15th JulyProgram: https://www.thesmartere.com/en/events/online-events/intersolar-innovation-dayHannover trade show goes Virtual: Several times postponed now life with an interesting...
The EU Innovation Fund – large-scale call has just started: It is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies
Two documents on the EU energy strategy, published July 8th focusing on “Green hydro” and “off-shore-wind” almost only. It seems that Solar is a lost battle for the EU-Commission, although it should be a key player!
Little ambition for a real European Energy future: The German program for it’s EU – presidency
German Coal Phase out: Too late too expensive: last week’s decision by German Government to phase out Coal by 2038 largely insufficient and as many critics state largely overpaid
Measuring is key: ESMC participated at World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)2nd Climate and Energy Benchmark: measures and ranks the world’s 50 most influential electric utilities companies on their transition to a low-carbon economy.
The European Parliament’s Regional Affairs Committee on the EU’s proposed €40 billion Just Transition Fund (JTF)
The European Parliament’s Regional Affairs Committee on the EU’s proposed €40 billion Just Transition Fund (JTF) Plan the inclusion of “natural” (=fossil) gas can be a crucial element for Coal areas, but heavy support of the Fossil gas cannot be the solution.
Pascal Canfin interview: EU must apply green finance taxonomy:“The taxonomy classifies technologies in three categories: 1) “green” technologies such as renewable energies, 2) those “enabling” the transition and 3) so-called “transition” technologies.
Bloomberg BNEF understands much better that Solar is a key solution: In partnership with European Commission Coal Regions in Transition Platform, released together an in-depth analysis on Bulgaria, Czechia, Poland and Romania, showing how current market...
The World economic Forum outlines the dilemma in Finance in Europe and how to bridge the gap:http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Bridging_the_Gap_in_European_Scale_up_Funding_2020.pdf
“Policy makers need to recognise how many renewable energy jobs can be created along each segment of the value chain, so they can design green recovery programmes that maximise regional and national value creation. From project planning and development to the...
Several times postponed now life with an interesting Online on the 14th and 15th July Program with several energy and digitalisation topics: Future minded like the real show in Hannover: https://hannovermesse.digital/en/program_overview/
Intersolar trade show will do a 2 days online event 14th and 15th JulyProgram: https://www.thesmartere.com/en/events/online-events/intersolar-innovation-day
Dear friends of European Solar Manufacturing ! In recent weeks we are moving slowly back to “normal” Tuesday 23rd June we had the opportunity to meet again in Brussels with HQ-team to discuss “in real” next ESMC-steps.Yesterday 8th July, we had a gathering...
The Joint Initiative to promote Solar Manufacturing in Brussels The first event took place this 8th of July the Solar Manufacturing Accelerator(SoMA), the joint initiative by ETIP-PV, SolarPower Europe (SPE), IPVF (Solar Europe Now), VDMA and ESMC,...
Position on European Commission’s Preparatory study for solar photovoltaic modules, inverters and systems, considering Ecodesign, Energy Label, EU Ecolabel, EU Green Public Procurement.
Position of the European Solar Manufacturing Council on: European Commission’s Preparatory study for solar photovoltaic modules, inverters and systems, considering Ecodesign, Energy Label, EU Ecolabel, EU Green Public Procurement. The European Solar Manufacturing...
In ihrer Bewerbungsrede sprach sich Ursula von der Leyen für eine ambitionierte Klimapolitik aus. Die Photovoltaik- und Erneuerbaren-Branche in Deutschland und Europa regierte positiv, will nun aber auch Taten sehen. Die Grünen halten die in Aussicht gestellten...
The former director of Fraunhofer ISE will be officially elected at a general assembly planned for September. The ESCM wants a strong Europe to be part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and also pay attention to sustainability. The board of the European Solar...
EU 2019-2024 Legislative Policy Cycle The solar industry promotes Industry 4.S – with “s” for sustainability! European solar manufacturers, equipment producers and R&D institutes claim for uniting climate protection and industrial politics in the EU. “Voters in...
DE/ Hersteller und Forschungseinrichtungen gründen eigene Allianz in Europa, PV Magazine, 24th September, 2018
Council representing entire European solar manufacturing value chain planned, PVTECH, 25th September 2018
Manufacturers and research institutes form alliance in Europe – for PV Magazine, 25th September, 2018