Following global trends in renewable energy sources, Energis visited the world’s largest fair for solar energy, Intersolar Europe, which was held on June 8 to 10 2011 in Munich, Germany. This year, IntersolarÂ attracted 2280 exhibitors from 47 countries that presented their products andÂ services in three exhibition areas: photovoltaic cells, the productionÂ technology systems – photovoltaic (PV)
Following global trends in renewable energy sources, Energis visited the world’s largest fair for solar energy, Intersolar Europe, which was held on June 8 to 10 2011 in Munich, Germany.
This year, IntersolarÂ attracted 2280 exhibitors from 47 countries that presented their products andÂ services in three exhibition areas: photovoltaic cells, the productionÂ technology systems – photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar-thermal technology.
This year’s IntersolarÂ was held in a 168,000 square meters area distributed in 15 halls and outdoorÂ exhibition space. In three days, the fair was visited by more than 75,000Â visitors, setting a new record for Intersolar, which this year marks itsÂ twentieth anniversary. Along with the fair, a five-day conference was heldÂ where they presented the trends, successes and problems of the solar energyÂ industry.
“Intersolar hasÂ continued to grow over the years, which clearly shows that the public interestÂ for this area is not slowing down, on the contrary it is growing from year toÂ year. What particularly pleased me is that the whole industry is growing, notÂ only in Germany, which is the world leader in this field, but also in otherÂ countries and especially to open some new markets like Eastern Europe”, saidÂ one of the organizers of the fair Markus ElsÃ¤sser.
In addition to GermanÂ companies which are most numerous at the fair with 977 exhibitors, theÂ attendees were Chinese (524), Italian (106), Spanish (73) and Taiwan (67)Â companies. “Intersolar was able to assert itself as a central meetingÂ place for companies in the solar industry, but also for all others who want toÂ learn new trends and to establish contacts with companies outside theirÂ original markets. Therefore we are extremely proud of the significant share ofÂ foreign companies at the show”, said Klaus W. Seilnacht also one of theÂ organizers of the fair.
The expansion of the PV industry
In the last decade, theÂ PV market is growing faster than any other renewable energy market. AccordingÂ to the European photovoltaic Industry Associations (EPIA), the total worldwideÂ installed PV capacity was 40 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2010, of which 16.6Â GW installations were in 2010. For the huge growth in 2010, Â the German and Italian market contributed the
most with a newly installed 7.4 (Germany) and 2.3 (Italy) GW of photovoltaicÂ systems.
Intersolar in Munich wasÂ a unique opportunity for PV industry to demonstrate its achievements and toÂ identify new directions in this field. In subsequent articles of Energis, weÂ will present some areas of the fair with an emphasis on the latest technologies
in exploiting solar energy.
Intersolar is a seriesÂ of fairs that are held on three continents: North America (San Francisco, USA),Â Asia (Mumbai, India and Beijing, China) and Europe. Intersolar Europe is heldÂ annually in Munich, Germany, and is the biggest fair for all forms of
exploitation of solar energy with emphasis on photovoltaic systems. For moreÂ information please visit www.intersolar.de.