Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes

The fourth edition of the Special Session Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes will take place on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 within the framework of 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Quando 24/09/2014
dalle 09:00 alle 16:00
Dove Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
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Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes is a series of annual events (1st edition Hamburg, 26th EUPVSEC; 2nd edition: Frankfurt, 27th EUPVSEC; 3rd edition Paris, 28th EUPVSEC) serving as a discussion framework to investigate the new phenomena associated with the rapid spread of large photovoltaic systems. It promotes reflection on the implications for our way of living and on what new issues of design could arise. This is done on all scales: from modules, to buildings, to cities, to landscapes.

This Conference is the largest event in the world addressing science, technology, engineering and policies of photovoltaic solar energy. The target audience present at this conference, about 4000 scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, financing organisations and political decision makers, is not readily aware of the opportunities and specific features photovoltaics offers. This new energy system continuously becomes more visible in our daily life and can easily be reinforced by design.

In the upcoming 4th edition, the organizers of the event want to extend the visions presented towards the opportunity of demonstrating the “Beauty and Power of Designed photovoltaics ”. Internationally-renowned researchers, producers, architects and landscape designers present their concepts for making photovoltaic systems a new cultural experience which enhances the relationship between the citizens and the energy environment.

With the rising number of photovoltaic installations used on building roofs and as integrated systems in the urban environment or as large fields, the acceptance by the citizens becomes an increasing issue and in the case of larger installations, also an issue with authorities.

Emphasis is also given to designs which foster further cost reduction and which add value to the systems such as:

  • double function of photovoltaic modules (such as isolation or heat recovery);
  • building integration (such as modules as building material, integral part of the building construction)
  • visibility and “vivibility” of urban spaces (shading, weather protection)
  • upgrade of open spaces and landscape (higher agricultural yield, reduction of soil degradation, water collection, industrial or transport infrastructures)


The event is co-organised by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, WIP and ETA-Florence Renewable Energies.


Architects, developers and researchers wishing to present already completed or ongoing projects, should apply using the online form by Friday, 18th July 2014 .

A committee of distinguished experts will select the works to be delivered as oral/visual presentations. All the selected works will be published in the event proceedings.

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