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Chairperson's Message

Mathieu Baudrit, CEA

Since the story of CPV-x started in 2002, a long way of development has been covered and there is still some to go. The PV environment is changing very fast, as does the CPV environment. Some may see uncertainty where others see great potential. However, there is one thing that is reliable in the CPV world: its strong community.

On behalf of the International Advisory Committee, it is my honor to invite you to participate in the 11th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV-11), April 13-15, 2015 in Aix-les-Bains, France. We are committed to continue the CPV-x conference series as the premier technical conference in the areas of high- and low-concentration PV components, modules, trackers and systems.

If Aix-les-Bains is not heaven on earth, it is close to it: beautiful landscapes along with good connections to the rest of the world. The town is perched on the edge of the Lac du Bourget, France's largest freshwater lake, which boasts beautiful sandy beaches offering all manner of watersports in summer. In winter the nearby Grand Revard Mountains offer the best cross-country skiing in France, at the beginning of the French Alpes, close to the Mont-Blanc. This designated station nautique was a favorite holiday destination of Queen Victoria, who visited the town for its thermal baths, which are still popular.

The Rhônes-Alpes region has a history of launching innovative companies and supporting SMEs and strategic operations of leading global enterprises. It is the European capital for micro- and nanotechnology and leads France in the number of engineers as a percentage of total jobs and in the number of research jobs as a percentage of total strategic jobs. More than 62,000 students attend the region’s higher-education institutions. This includes nearly 25,000 enrolled in science, technology, engineering and health. Rhône-Alpes offers many advantages to technology organizations, including: a research and business community with professionals from over 40 countries, world-class research institutes with advanced facilities and equipment, powerful synergies among R&D centers, corporations and schools that spark effective innovation, efficient road, rail, and air-transportation infrastructure that connects the region to all major European and world capitals and an exceptional quality of life.

In this region stands the National Solar Energy Institute (INES), it is France’s center of reference in the field of solar energy. Based at Savoie Technolac on the shores of Lake Bourget, the institute was set up with the backing of Savoie local Council and Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, and includes research and development teams from the CEA, CNRS, University of Savoie and CSTB. The Research and Innovation ensures close links between basic research and applied research carried out in association with industry leaders on solar thermal, photovoltaic and energy-efficient building. The institute’s laboratories, clean rooms, pilot facilities and demonstrators allow its scientists and technicians to work on optimizing all aspects of solar photovoltaic energy, from cells to systems and from positive-energy buildings to solar mobility.

For the first time in its history, the CPV-x conference will be held in France. France may not be the most obvious choice of location for CPV. Although not being a high DNI country, it became CPV industry’s center of interest a few years ago when the nation’s government invested millions into CPV projects and when the French Ministry of Energy, Ecology and Sustainable Development announced in 2011 a series of call for tenders for solar photovoltaic projects including several MW of CPV with a specific feed-in tariff.

This is the global landscape in which the CPV-11 conference will take place.

Highlights of the conference will include presentations on state-of-the-art CPV components, trackers, and installations, as well as technical tours of nearby CPV installations and test sites. The CPV-x conference series puts an emphasis on encouraging the next generation of CPV technologists: discounted registration and accommodation for student researchers will be provided.

Come to CPV-11!  We look forward to meeting you in Aix-les-Bains!

Mathieu Baudrit

Chef du Laboratoire PhotoVoltaïque à Concentration
Département des Technologies Solaires
Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)



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