After the great success of the previous editions of the PV School in 2018 (Physics of Solar Cells: from basics to nanoscience), 2020 (Physics of Solar Cells: from basic principles to advanced characterization), and 2022 (Physics of Solar Cells : from basic principles to material science) in the famous Les Houches School of Physics, we are proud to announce the fourth edition of the PV School that will be held on 12-17 May 2024, in Les Houches, France. Save the date!

The PV School 2024 will focus on Physics of Solar Cells: from basic principles to high performance.

This school will cover the physics of solar cells, from basic principles to advanced concepts, with a focus on high performance. It will open on a series of lectures devoted to the basic physics for solar cells (thermodynamics, opto-electronic properties of semiconductors…) setting a frame shared by all materials and technologies. It will then turn to the diversity of challenges facing the field (high conversion efficiency, low material consumption, high throughput processes, low degradation rate, tailored mechanical and optical properties), bridging the gap between fundamental and applied research.

Overall, we aim to challenge the notion of “high performance” in PV: what does it mean? How do PV technologies perform?

The targeted audience is focused on scientists (junior and senior), research engineers, PhDs and post-docs, and attendees new to the field of PV or wishing to enlarge their knowledge in photovoltaics.

Applications open on December 20th, 2023.

Late news (Dec. 2023)! The PVSchool 2024 is selected as a CNRS thematic school: it will be eligible for the “formation continue” for CNRS employees, and the registration fee will be fully handled by CNRS for CNRS employees.

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Session organized by the CNRS and the IPVF:

  • Stéphane COLLIN, C2N, CNRS, Univ. Paris-Saclay, France
  • Nathanaelle SCHNEIDER, IPVF, CNRS, France
  • Andrea CATTONI, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Daniel SUCHET, IPVF, Ecole Polytechnique, France

with the valuable contribution of Jean-François Guillemoles (IPVF, CNRS, France).

The PV School 2024 is supported by the CNRS, the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N), the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF), the E4C Interdisciplinary Center and the FedPV. It is hosted by Les Houches School of Physics.