Today, within the global developing economy and technology, to meet the increased needs of energy, the renewables are at the hub of almost all energy policy transitions. They are the most promising future energy resources as mostly being environmentally friendly, readily available and accessible. In consequence, both the utility-scale and rooftop applications of solar photovoltaic (PV) are becoming widespread with an ever increasing rate all over the world.
One of the most important reasons of increasing rate of installation of solar energy systems and, in particular solar PV, is the incentives and amendments accomplished by governing bodies of many nations. On the other hand, serious R/D affords are made on reducing the unit prices to reach competitive levels with conventional alternatives. Many research centres all over the world are eagerly searching to increase the efficiencies and reduce the unit energy prices so that solar PV can compete in the today’s dynamic energy market without incentives.
In Turkey, in accord with the worldwide development, the interest in solar energy systems is rapidly growing, especially after the implementation of incentives and amendments. Conversely, concerns raised on possible causes of losses to nationwide economy due to the incentives, can be overcome by the development of Turkey’s present R/D infrastructure. In recent years, considerable measures are taken on this issue. To this end, new research infrastructures such as Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM) have been founded by the financial support provided by Ministry of Development of Turkey.
Today, as the need for R/D is increasing and the steps are taken to improve the infrastructure, we are organizing the PVCon 2018. The main aim is to become the scientific and technical forum on solar PV. The first PVCon will be held on July 2018, with the hope and willingness that it will continue while advancing in the future.
We plan to host many international and national invited speakers, researchers, representatives of governmental bodies and private sector. The participants will share the recent researches and developments of the science and technology about solar energy and solar PV, contributing to the development of the related R/D and infrastructure, and in the meantime establishing a fruitful platform of national and international collaborations.
I take this opportunity to thank sincerely in advance of the event to all the participants, to the governmental and private sector representatives, to national and international governmental and private organizations supporting us, and to state my best wishes for the success of the conference.