2024 PV Circularity Workshop

NREL is hosting the 2024 PV Circularity Workshop to foster research and collaboration on decarbonizing the global economy for the PV industry and to increase sustainability.


March 3–6, 2024


Sheraton Denver West Hotel, Lakewood, Colorado

What To Expect

The workshop is limited to 150 participants, including manufacturers; federal, state, and local regulators; PV owners; and sustainability researchers interested in a circular economy for the PV industry.

Workshop Topics

We are building an agenda focused on data and dialogue over the following topics:

  • Renewable energy sustainability in perspective
  • Definitions, metrics, and pathways to sustainability
  • Goals and challenges for renewables
  • Current status of circular economy practices and policies
  • Industrial symbiosis and supply chain synergies
  • Renewables powering social and energy justice
  • Sustainability and resiliency
  • Actionable sustainability for stakeholders
  • Establishing a sustainability ecosystem for manufacturing
  • U.S.-specific field circularity and sustainability experiences.

The workshop will also include tutorials on the first day and a tour of NREL's campus on the last day.

Important Dates

Jan. 8, 2024
Request for minority, family-care, and/or students support deadline

Jan. 15, 2024
Deadline for poster submissions

Jan, 28, 2024
Hotel room block cut-off date

Feb. 2, 2024
Last day to secure the early-bird workshop registration rate.

Feb. 23, 2024
Registration closes (may close earlier if the workshop is full)

Workshop Cost

Registration is $300. Attendees of the PV Reliability Workshop hosted the week prior are eligible for a discounted registration fee of $200. Please email PVCircularity.Workshop@nrel.gov to obtain the discount.

Lodging, Venue, and Transportation

The 2024 PV Circularity Workshop will be held at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel, 360 Union Blvd., Lakewood, Colorado 80228.

The room block rate per night during March 3–5, 2024, for one to two people is $134, not including taxes. The cut-off date for reserving rooms in the room block at this price is Jan. 28, 2024.

Book your group rate for NREL PV Circulatory Workshop March 2024.

For those also attending PV Reliability Workshop happening at the same venue the week before, there is a discount on registration for this workshop. Please email PVCircularity.Workshop@nrel.gov for more information about the discount.

Denver offers a light rail from the airport, which costs $10.50 for an airport day pass that allows unlimited rides. More information can be found RTD website.

New to the light rail? Follow these simple directions:

  • Take the A Line from the airport to Union Station.
  • Transfer to the W Line (follow signs to Chestnut Pavillion, walking northwest on 17th).
  • Take the W Line to Federal Center Station.
  • Take a short walk to the Sheraton Denver West Hotel.

The CO2 emissions for a single-way trip with Denver public transportation is 0.0 tCO2.

Attendance Options and Support

The workshop will be live streamed to facilitate hybrid attendance and accessibility. Zoom transcript options will be available on this attendance mode.

Speakers are requested to attend in-person.

Participation of the in-person and virtual audience for the Q&A will be facilitated via SLIDO. Tutorials, NREL tours, and poster sessions will not be available for online participants.

Registration cost is the same for in-person and online attendance.

We will be granting a select number of registration and/or travel grants supported by our sponsors to minority researchers, parents who require childcare, and students. Awardees must submit a poster.

Please email PVCircularity.Workshop@nrel.gov with your name and a paragraph describing your research/interests and how this support would make a difference for your attendance to the event. The deadline for submission is Jan. 8, 2024.

We are seeking sponsors to support attendance of students and minority researchers to this workshop. Sponsors will be acknowledged on the agenda and during the event and are welcome to include useful and reusable swag.

Poster Presentations

Please be ready to submit your poster title and abstract during the registration process. See the poster guidelines.

Sustainability and Diversity at the Workshop

Sustainability and diversity are important components of the workshop. For this reason, we've carefully curated the workshop to ensure we minimize our carbon footprint and create a welcoming, accessible environment for participants. This includes providing a hybrid format, an equitable Q&A platform, offering attendance support for minority researchers and students (see below), providing vegetarian food options and reusable utensils to quantify and minimize the COemissions, including pronouns on name badges, diversity tracking, and developing panels with equitable gender representation.


After you complete and submit the registration form, you will receive instructions on how to pay the $200 registration fee. For a PV Reliability Workshop attendee discount, email PVCircularity.Worshop@nrel.gov.

Include my pronouns on my badge.
How will you participate in the workshop? (Required)
Will you attend in-person or virtually? (Required)
I authorize Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC, the manager and operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to use any image or video taken of me at this event. (Required)
I authorize Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC, the manager and operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to include my presentation in the online proceedings of the PV Circularity Workshop. (Required)
Will you attend the NREL tour on Wednesday, March 6? (Required)
Diversity Survey (optional)

"We treasure what we measure.” The workshop is committed to ensuring better access to our diverse PV and sustainability community to provide better representation. Please answer the following questions to help us better serve you and the community. Demographic information will be anonymized and retained to track bulk attendance demographics over time

Please direct any further questions or comments to PVCircularity.Workshop@nrel.gov.
Do you identify with any of the following racial and ethnic categories?
Besides the above, do you identify with any underrepresented group(s)?

Data and Privacy Notice

NREL staff will use the information you provide only to plan the workshop. NREL will not share this information. Information will be retained for 1 month after the event, except for demographic information and email addresses. Email addresses will be retained for 2 years so organizers can notify you when the next workshop is being planned. Then email addresses will be deleted. Demographic information will be anonymized and retained to track bulk attendance demographics over time. See NREL's security and privacy policy.


For more information, contact the workshop organizers at PVCircularity.Workshop@nrel.gov.