PV Impact’s first matchmaking event took place at the EU PVSEC in Marseille on September 11th 2019. The topic of the event was: “Technologies for silicon solar cells and modules with higher quality”.
The event facilitated over 10 one-to-one networking meetings among representatives from industrial and research entities willing to make new connections and find partners with whom to work on future projects under EU and/or national funding schemes.
The event opened with an introduction of the PV Impact project, followed by presentations by EU and national funding mechanisms’ representatives. Sven Macko from Projektträger Jülich presented the 7th Energy Research Programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs; Stefan Nowak highlighted the opportunities of the Solar-ERA.NET Cofund; and Emilien Simonot presented InnoEnergy’s investment framework for projects supporting sustainable energy innovations.
Presentations were then followed by a session organized around a speed-dating format, where participants held a series of 8-minute conversations with each other. These dynamic interactions allowed them to communicate the essential information about their plans and ambitions and to identify whether the person opposite to them had an initiative they would like to be part of.
Interactions were ranked by the participants in order to identify the best project idea and the most collaborative partner. Based on this ranking, the PV Impact consortium awarded Stephan Abermann, Head of Competence Unit PV Systems at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Center for Energy, with the winning prize. The winner will count on the consortium’s support and mentoring to look for the necessary resources and funding mechanisms to develop the project proposal.