More than 100 Companies & Organizations call for Policy Action for PV Manufacturing in Europe

This week’s announcement of Solar World implies that the company could have found an investor but will reduce its workforce by approximately 1200 positions. It shows how key policy actions are needed to prevent the PV manufacturing industry from disappearing in Europe.

Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a key enabling technology of strategic importance for the EU economy, providing energy independence, industrial jobs, and economic growth. It is inspiring a generation of young people, engineers, and scientists and is hugely popular with the general public.

For more than two decades, Europe has been the driving force in technological development, state-of-the-art manufacturing (industry 4.0), sustainable production, and high-efficiency solar products. Even with the emergence of huge overcapacities outside of Europe, the EU value chain starting from raw materials to equipment to complete PV systems have successfully remained intact until now.

To maintain at least some significant presence in Europe of every step in the production of a PV system, including cell manufacturing, researchers and manufacturers request immediate action from EU policymakers and national governments. 100 organizations, including manufacturing companies, equipment manufacturers, research centers and trade associations active in all segments of the PV industrial value chain issued this call in June. The open letter that they co-signed proposed a series of measures that public bodies can take, including relaxing state aid rules to adjust the levels of support given to PV manufacturing in Europe to the levels given to manufacturers in other regions of the world.

The European PV Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP-PV), the Global PV Industry & Technology Association (SOLARUNITED) and the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres (EUREC) are planning the next steps to build on the momentum created by the letter. EU PROSUN supports this initiative.

Together with the support of a unique R&D ecosystem, we believe in the ability of the EU PV manufacturing industry to retain its significant technological lead over companies outside Europe.

 

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If you are representing an organisation that would like to publicly endorse the petition, please send an e-mail at sofia.arancon@wip-munich.de containing a brief statement of endorsement, the organisation’s name, address, logo, and website and the details of a contact person. Please note that only the organisation’s logo, name and website will be visible on our list.

Endorsing organisations:

  • Equipment manufacturers & materials providers
  • PV Manufacturing companies
  • Associations

 

ENDORSING ORGANISATIONS

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
INES National Solar Energy Institute
Research Centre for Sustainable Energy (FOSS)

University of Ljubljana
Becquerel Institute
Energy research Centre of the Netherlands

Open Renewables
Norwegian crystals
TECNALIA

Malta College of Arts Science and Technology
French research federation on Photovoltaics
NorSun

Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH)
WIP Renewable Energies
European Energy Research Alliance

Keen on Green!
Lithuanian PV technology cluster
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology

aurinka photovoltaic group
Silicio FerrSolar
Solliance Solar Research

Polysecure
Slovenian Photovoltaic Association
ENERSON

BISOL Group
EU ProSun
Crosslux SAS

Institute of Solar Energy of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Spanish Photovoltaic Technology Platform
Elettrorava

eurac research
imec
Absolicon

Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center
Lasercenter Munich University of Applied Sciences
NexWafe

Institute of Research and Development on Photovoltaic Energy
PVA TePla
University of Salford Manchester

GS2X
Singulus Technologies
Energy Restructuring Agency

CSEM
ACCELIOS Solar
ARCSIS

EXASUN
Allianz BIPV
SiC Processing (Deutschland)

AllMerus Energy
W/E Consultants Sustainable Building
Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics and thin film electronics laboratory (PV-Lab) of EPFL
Catalonia  Institute for Energy Research
Solomya (SOLar cells and Mass spectrometrY Analysis)

SC sustainable concepts
JPM Silicon
European Photonics Industry Association

Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
International Solar Energy Research Center Konstanz
PV POLAND

Smartroof NV
SETA Network
Silicon Products

SolarInput e.V.
Architekturbüro Hagemann
Bruk-Bet Solar

Lobosolar
SINTEF
Technosolar

Polymer Competence Center Leoben
GB SOLAR
OPVIUS

Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, Czech Technical University
Lyon Institute of Nanotechnology
IEK-5 Photovoltaics
Forschungszentrum Jülich

EXXERGY
Sonnenstromfabrik
PV Experts e.V

AZUR SPACE Solar Power
Organic Electronics Saxony
SBskin. Smart Building Skin

Photowatt
Heckert Solar
InnoLas Solutions

VON ARDENNE
CIEMAT

PHOTOVOLTAIC AUSTRIA Federal Association
REC Group

Jonas & Redmann
Nanotechnology Lab LTFN & Center of Organic & Printed Electronics-Hellas
Organic Electronic Technologies

Hellenic Organic and Printed Electronics Association
DRACULA Technologies
SOLEAN – Lean Solar Solutions

JRT Photovoltaics
SCHMID Group
Institute for Energy Systems Technology, University of Applied Sciences Offenburg

ML System S.A.
Genes’ink
Austrian Institute of Technology

Aston University, UK
M10 Industries
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