Photovoltaics: made to last. The 40 years of the TISO PV plant – looking back to see the future

27th September 2022, 10:30 – 12:00

MiCo Milano Convention Centre, Piazzale Carlo Magno 1, Gate 14, 20149 Milan (Auditorium Yellow 3, first floor)

At the WCPEC-8 (8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion) – to be held from 26 to 30 September 2022 in Milan – the Institute of Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment organizes a conference on the topic of longevity and quality of photovoltaic modules. The 40-year history of the TISO 10 kW photovoltaic system will be reviewed and the recent SUPSI publication “Photovoltaics: made to last.
The 40 years of the TISO PV plant’ will be presented, taking a look at the past, the present and above all the
future of photovoltaic technology.

Topic

Taking inspiration from the publication “Photovoltaics: made to last. The 40 years of the TISO PV plant “, which will be presented on this occasion, the parallel event will feature the participation of some of the authors and a discussion on the past, present, and future of photovoltaics.

We will move from the early industrialization, policies, and reliability standards, to the present situation, and answer together with the authors questions about the challenges for the acceleration of a PV future and the importance of the experience from the past. The strategic topic of bringing the PV industry back in Europe will be at the center of discussion.

Programme

  •  Welcome and introduction on TISO and SUPSI
    Franco Gervasoni
    General Director, SUPSI

    Roman Rude
    Director, SUPSI Institute of Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment

  • Presentation of the booklet “Photovoltaics: made to last. The 40 years of TISO PV plant, looking back to see the future”
    Mauro Caccivio
    Head of SUPSI PVLab
  • Discussion panel 1
    Photovoltaics: perspectives 40 years ago

Heinz Ossenbrink
Former Head of Department at European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Stefan Nowak
Managing Director NET Nowak Energy & Technology Ltd

Domenico Chianese
Senior Researcher, SUPSI Institute of Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment

  •  Discussion panel 2
    Photovoltaics, present and future: evolution, industry and energy market penetration

    Christophe Ballif
    Director of the Photovoltaics and Thin-Film Electronics Laboratory at EPFL and of the Sustainable
    Energy Center at CSEM

    Gaëtan Masson
    Director and co-founder of the Becquerel Institute

    Fabrizio Bizzarri
    Head of Solar Innovation at ENEL Green Power

    Pierluigi Bonomo
    Head of BIPV Advanced Building Skin Team at SUPSI Institute of Applied Sustainability to the Built
    Environment
  • Q & A
  • Book signing

The History Behind the Modules

On May 13, 1982, as the sun rose, the electricity produced by the TISO plant’s 288 photovoltaic panels was supplied, for the first time in Europe, directly to the power grid. The pioneering project laid the foundation for research on photovoltaic technology in Ticino through collaboration with the European Center for Photovoltaic Studies in Ispra. Forty years have passed since then, and part of the original plant still supplies clean energy to the power grid today, demonstrating the reliability, sustainability and cost-effectiveness of solar energy, even in the future.

Target

All WCPEC-8 participants

Event venue

MiCo Milano Convention Centre, Piazzale Carlo Magno 1, Gate 14, 20149 Milan
Hall: Auditorium Yellow 3, first floor

Sign up for the event

To attend the conference “Photovoltaics: made to last. 40 years of TISO photovoltaics – looking back to see
the future”
you need to register on the official WCPEC-8 website.