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Chairpersons' Message

Since the story of CPV-x conferences 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 Chair Committee, it is our honor to invite you to participate in the 15th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV-15), which will be held in Fes, Morocco from 25 to 27 March 2019.

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.

For the first time in its history, the CPV-15 conference will be held on the African continent. Morocco is the first country hosting this event as it is one of the leaders in renewable energies in Africa, and therefore is one of the most obvious choices of location for CPV. This high DNI country became CPV industry’s center of interest a few years ago. In 2016, Morocco hosted the COP22 as a testimony of its involvement in the international commitment for a better environment and has adopted a clear and non-reversible policy of development of renewable energies in Morocco (PV, wind and hydro-energy).

Two specialized agencies have been set up, IRESEN and MASEN, to sustain the development and deployment of renewable energies.
The host region, Fes-Meknes, houses two public and two private universities. It is an agricultural, sunny and very touristic region. At Fes, where the conference will take place, the university Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah will welcome the CPV-15 conference. It is one of the huge universities in the country and decided, among the priorities and strategic researches axis, to put a pole of sustainable development and renewable energies. The laboratory for renewable Energies and Smart Systems, led by Prof. A. Ahaitouf is one of the players in this pole and he’s developing some projects on CPV systems.

The city of Fes will welcome participants with the well known Moroccan hospitality in the ancestral traditions inherited from civilizations that passed through it and lived there. Fes is one of the five imperial cities, known as the spiritual capital of the kingdom. Also at Fes there is AL Quaraouiyine University, the oldest existing, continually operating and the first degree-awarding educational institution in the world according to UNESCO.

This is the global landscape in which the CPV-15 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 for student researchers will be provided.

Come to CPV-15!  We look forward to meeting you in Fes!

Prof. Ali Ahaitouf and Mathieu Baudrit


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CPV-15:                           March 25-27, 2019

New deadline full papers:          April 26, 2019

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