Joint Letter from over 50 Solar PV Organizations raises Alarm about the Importance of PV Manufacturing in Europe

(PresseBox) ( München, )

Over 50 Companies/Organizations signed in less than a week
Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a sector of strategic importance for the EU economy, providing energy independence

Over 50 companies/organizations have signed a letter initiated by ETIP PV, EUREC and SOLARUNITED which is addressed to policymakers of all EU member states. The petition calls on political leaders to “help preserve a sustainable and globally competitive European PV manufacturing  industry”.

The letter highlights that solar photovoltaics (PV) is a sector of strategic importance for the EU economy, providing energy independence, industrial jobs and economic growth. Europe since two decades is leading in technological development, state-of-the-art manufacturing (industry 4.0), sustainability of production and quality and efficiency of solar products. There is hardly any other sector in the EU which received as much public dedication and thrilled more young people, engineers and scientists.

Due to recent developments, the PV industry is deeply concerned about loosing core parts of the value chain which affects all other parts and puts R&D activities and maintenance of EU's technological leading role at risk. The aim is to prevent loosing production sites in Europe and to keep PV's innovation ecosystem  intact.

Together with the support of a unique R&D ecosystem this is the basis for the EU manufacturing industry to keep its significant technological advantage towards industrial followers outside Europe.

To maintain solar R&D in Europe, researchers and manufacturers called in the petition for urgent action in 7 requests.

Endorsing Organizations:


Allianz BIPV
aurinka photovoltaic group
Becquerel Institute
Crosslux SAS
Catalonia  Institute for Energy Research
Energy Restructuring Agency
Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands
EU ProSun
eurac research
European Energy Research Alliance
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology
Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics
French research federation on Photovoltaics
INES National Solar Energy Institute
Institute of Research and Development on Photovoltaic Energy
Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH)
Institute of Solar Energy of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Keen on Green!
Lasercenter Munich University of Applied Sciences
Lithuanian PV technology cluster
Malta College of Arts Science and Technology
Norwegian crystals
Open Renewables
Research Centre for Sustainable Energy (FOSS)
Silicio FerrSolar
Singulus Technologies AG
Slovenian Photovoltaic Association
Solliance Solar Research
Solomya (SOLar cells and Mass spectrometrY Analysis)
Solar United
Spanish Photovoltaic Technology Platform
University of Ljubljana
University of Salford Manchester
Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center
WIP Renewable Energies
Photovoltaics and thin film electronics laboratory (PV-Lab) of EPFL

A PDF version of this letter can be downloaded
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