Solar Energy Industry Expansion

Solar Energy Industry Expansion

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, Intersolar attracted 2280 exhibitors from 47 countries that presented their products and services in three exhibition areas: photovoltaic cells, the production 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, Intersolar attracted 2280 exhibitors from 47 countries that presented their products and services in three exhibition areas: photovoltaic cells, the production technology systems – photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar-thermal technology.

This year’s Intersolar was held in a 168,000 square meters area distributed in 15 halls and outdoor exhibition space. In three days, the fair was visited by more than 75,000 visitors, setting a new record for Intersolar, which this year marks its twentieth anniversary. Along with the fair, a five-day conference was held where they presented the trends, successes and problems of the solar energy industry.

“Intersolar has continued to grow over the years, which clearly shows that the public interest for this area is not slowing down, on the contrary it is growing from year to year. What particularly pleased me is that the whole industry is growing, not only in Germany, which is the world leader in this field, but also in other countries and especially to open some new markets like Eastern Europe”, said one of the organizers of the fair Markus Elsässer.

In addition to German companies which are most numerous at the fair with 977 exhibitors, the attendees were Chinese (524), Italian (106), Spanish (73) and Taiwan (67) companies. “Intersolar was able to assert itself as a central meeting place for companies in the solar industry, but also for all others who want to learn new trends and to establish contacts with companies outside their original markets. Therefore we are extremely proud of the significant share of foreign companies at the show”, said Klaus W. Seilnacht also one of the organizers of the fair.

The expansion of the PV industry

In the last decade, the PV market is growing faster than any other renewable energy market. According to the European photovoltaic Industry Associations (EPIA), the total worldwide installed PV capacity was 40 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2010, of which 16.6 GW installations were in 2010. For the huge growth in 2010,  the German and Italian market contributed the
most with a newly installed 7.4 (Germany) and 2.3 (Italy) GW of photovoltaic systems.

Intersolar in Munich was a unique opportunity for PV industry to demonstrate its achievements and to identify new directions in this field. In subsequent articles of Energis, we will present some areas of the fair with an emphasis on the latest technologies
in exploiting solar energy.

About Intersolar

Intersolar is a series of fairs that are held on three continents: North America (San Francisco, USA), Asia (Mumbai, India and Beijing, China) and Europe. Intersolar Europe is held annually in Munich, Germany, and is the biggest fair for all forms of
exploitation of solar energy with emphasis on photovoltaic systems. For more information please visit www.intersolar.de.

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