1st SPECIAL PV Workshop

  • Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021

Since Vanguard 1 satellite, the first spacecraft to use solar panels back in 1958, space photovoltaics (PV) have been strongly improved from the initial single junction low efficiency silicon solar cells to the high efficiency III-V compound multi-junction solar cells. For such specific space applications, the driving force is still the long-term reliability, particularly considering radiation resistance, while improving the conversion efficiency and increasing the power-to-mass ratio. However, space conquest is currently intensified with new applications to become reality, such as satellite constellations, and overall costs have to be minimized in the course of space PV standardization.

The 1st edition of the SPECIAL PV Workshop will focus on PV cells and arrays designed for space applications with the latest research and industrial results presented by highly skilled experts of the field. Four sessions and one round table will take place virtually during two half-days, addressing the latest research topics of Space PV cell & arrays manufacturing, as well as their reliability and durability through indoor accelerated ageing tests and thermo-mechanical simulations.

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