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Scope of the conference

Total annual global energy consumption is set at least to double from its current level by 2050. Given the fact that the amount of solar energy that hits the Earth every hour meets the world's annual energy needs, it becomes clear that solar driven energy production represents a sustainable, longterm alternative to solve that problem. Currently, solar cells based on inorganic semiconductors represent the underlying principle of most applications that have found their way into daily life. Yet, in order to cover a significant share of the world's power consumption by solar energy it will be necessary to further reduce the production costs of the modules at an simultaneous increase of the power conversion efficiency, asking for the development of new materials for that purpose. The various natural light-harvesting systems in photosynthesis, which might serve as blueprints for the construction of novel solar cells based on organic matter, testify that organic materials are very well suited to harvest solar energy, thereby offering several advantages over classical semiconductor materials such as lightweight, self-assembly, and low-cost production to name a few.

Aim of the conference "LHP 2017: From Light Harvesting to Solar Fuels" is to bring together scientists from diverse fields to stimulate cooperations and to discuss options for the technological development of practical methods for the utilization of photosynthesis. The realization of the seriousness and rapidity of climate change accentuates the importance of this research for future energy supply.