SOLAR conference brings together leading international experts in optics research and technology related to solar energy capture and conversion via photovoltaic and solar-thermal systems. It merges the two previous conferences, Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV) and Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR). The key underpinning theme is the use of optical technologies for enhancing the creation of energy from sunlight.

The meeting scope covers the latest developments in nanophotonics and advanced materials for the next generation of solar cells. This includes all aspects of novel materials and optical nanostructures, ranging from surface coatings, textures and diffraction gratings through to emerging topics such as plasmonics, nanowires, quantum dots, multi-layer solar cells and perovskites, amongst many others.
Topics also covers the range of optical elements for collecting, guiding, concentrating, coupling, trapping, transforming and absorbing sunlight - particularly for solar-thermal and concentrator systems. As optical components typically constitute the largest cost component of such systems, the scope includes research devoted to improving all optical aspects of solar systems to enhance the performance, reduce costs and maximize reliability.
Therefore the meeting includes overarching topics such as the techno-economic analysis of optics for solar energy, as well as optics in solar forecasting, atmospheric research and measurement, laser-based diagnostics of reactive solar-thermal flows and other fields. The aim is to bring together solar energy researchers with the broader global optical research community to identify and promote such synergies.

Committee Members

  • Olindo Isabella, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands , Program Chair
  • Klaus Jaeger, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany , Program Chair
  • Feng lin, National University of singaporeProgram Chair


Olindo Isabella

Technische Universiteit Delft, NETHERLANDS
Program Chair

Klaus Jaeger

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, GERMANY
Program Chair

Feng lin

National University of singapore,
Program Chair


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