Intersolar Europe is set to welcome the European solar industry to the Munich Trade Fair in Germany. The Fair, which will span over 180,000 square metres and house over 2,400 exhibitors, begins on June 11.
The European fair will provide a platform for those UK solar businesses rocked by recent FiT changes to better cope with new Governmental policies. Intersolar’s focus of attention is on the cost cutting potentials in photovoltaics. The UK’s proposed FiT reductions rely heavily on solar power becoming increasingly competitive by cutting costs along the entire value-added chain. Intersolar hopes to promote innovative means and methods of production that will enable the efficient use of resources and ultimately reduce costs.
Heinz Kundert, President of SEMI PV Group Europe in Berlin, who is co-sponsoring two manufacturing halls, stated: “Public response has shown that the dialogue between cell or module producers and equipment and material manufacturers about technology and production efficiency is greatly appreciated.
“Exhibitors are showing production machinery, materials and equipment: Exhibitors from around the globe are presenting the state of the art in areas as diverse as coating technology, surface machining and complex production systems.”
The exhibition and conference will also discuss the topics of Electricity Storage and Grid Integration. The discussions will allow solar stakeholders to learn more about the implementation and development of these pertinent technologies that are set to significantly shape the future of the UK solar market.
The day before Intersolar will play host to a special half-day seminar called Doing Solar Business in the UK. The seminar will feature a host of key UK solar market experts that will help address certain challenges facing the UK market including: concerns around the quality of installations, unmatched supply and demand for components, issues with customer engagement, and weaknesses in the MCS for components as well as installers.
A panel of expert speakers will help outline how the UK solar industry can thrive in the years to come. Speakers include four members of the Department of Energy and Climate Change Minister’s “Industry Working Group,” who directly inform, and helps guide, Government policy.
Importantly, real data and practical plans will be presented to prove that the current UK solar ambition of 22GW deployed by 2020 is both realistic and now part of the Government’s thinking.