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Thursday, 21 September, 13:30 - 15:00

Panel Discussion

Session DO.13:
Securing a diverse and resilient supply chain

The energy transition towards a decarbonized energy system will require a massive increase of the deployment of Solar PV. This will necessarily imply a dramatic increment of raw materials production and PV Manufacturing capacities in a very short time. But additionally, looking at the current situation, as the iea Special Report on Solar PV Global Supply Chains underlines, “China currently dominates global solar PV supply chains” (almost 95 percent of the world’s wafer production and most of the companies across each step of the value chain) and such concentrations and regional dependencies bring vulnerabilities.

“What would a diverse and resilient supply chain look like?” – “What are the issues and bottlenecks for this to happen and how can they be overcome?” – “Will the present initiatives (e.g. US, Europe) provide for sustainable solutions?“ – “How realistic is it that this actually happens, and in which parts of the value chain?” – “What can we learn from other industries?”

These are just some of the questions the panel will discuss and give the audience a glimpse into this critical topic.


Karsten Wambach, bifa, Germany


  • Ralph Preu, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
  • Teresa Barnes, NREL, USA
  • Michael Buennig, Wacker Chemie, Germany
  • Carsten Rohr, Norsun, Norway
  • Gautham Sekar, Saint-Gobain, France
  • Guido Meijers, Endurans Solar, The Netherlands
Organised by:

WIP Renewable Energies
Sylvensteinstr. 2
81369 Munich
Technical Programme
coordinated by:

European Commission -
Joint Research Centre

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